We are living in turbulent times and decisions made by many nations may be detrimental to our well being or even our national security. Many decisions especially pertaining to the humanitarian treatment of innocent victims within some of these war torn countries have warranted many onlookers to question their own individual moral consciousness. The continuation of global chaos has forced many people to take a stance, right or wrong. It leaves no room to hide, and no easy answers.
It is easy for some Americans to look the other way and blindly state that worldly affairs and conflicts taking place on other continents are inconsequential as long as it doesn’t involved Americans being killed or our country being personally attacked. But when foreign governments or terrorists blatantly kill innocent people especially women and children, are we as the world’s most powerful country supposed to ignore this horrific carnage? There are those who fail to understand that with power comes responsibility, and helping others should be a priority—not apathy and denial of revisiting travesties. Fortunately, there are those who choose to speak out and advocate for help and justice for those who don’t seem to have a voice. It is apparent that there exist those whose inherent sense of decency and humanity cannot be compromised or suppressed.
There are those who are pacifists and don’t condone participating in wars where individuals are killed, and that is commendable. However, the reality is that we don’t live in a perfect ideal world where everyone is open to righteousness and doing the right thing. In fact, greed and power are the unrelenting foes that must be restrained from wreaking havoc, and their greatest allies are apathy and acquiescence. While I believe most of us want peace and security, we must understand that these honored virtues often come at a great cost.
There are many reasons why a multitude of Americans feel that our country should avoid involvement in Syria. Many cry that we have enough problems facing us here in the United States, without taking on another military confrontation abroad. One of the primary reasons is that unstable countries like Syria in the Middle East have been at war for thousands of years and that we should not interfere if the United States is not personally attacked. Some citizens cite that American involvement in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken unnecessary American lives and drained us of trillions of dollars. Adding insult to injury, there are those who are quick to remind others that we were duped and deceived into involvement in Iraq under the false pretense that Iraq’s dictator, Saddam Hussein, was harboring weapons of mass destruction.
However, volatile countries like Syria with administrative regimes with the abusive capacity to engage in chemical warfare are potential powder kegs that will wreak havoc on the rest of the world if not harshly dealt with. The continued use of chemical warfare will only proliferate and may eventually harm bordering countries—and possibly the United States in the future if not seriously dealt with expeditiously. We are dealing with agents that can penetrate air and water. Can we idly stand by and wait for this impending detriment to eventually affect us on our shores?
President Obama is advocating for authorization from Congress to launch a military strike against Syria’s president Bashar Assad’s regime. This will act to discourage the buildup or use of chemical warfare among countries—especially used on innocent women and children. The president is ardent in emphasizing that by no means is this U.S. strike against Syria’s military, using cruise missiles, to be considered as an all-out war.
Common sense tells us that the United States cannot right all the problems or conflicts in the world, but we should be a contributing force in helping to resolve major world conflicts if possible, especially if these conflicts can proliferate and threaten overall world peace. The cries and suffering of the oppressed cannot go unnoticed and must be dealt with. Remember the Holocaust. The world cannot repeat one of the most horrific crimes of history. It once idly watched as six million people were killed and prosecuted. Never again should this happen.
The President Barack Obama has the responsibility of making perhaps one of the most difficult decisions of his administration. It is a decision he cannot hide from or run away from, a decision whose outcome only history will be able to document. There is one thing you can be sure of. It is impossible for him to pacify all Americans. Regardless of my personal views, I will pray for our president and that God will continue to bless these United States of America and our president. I can only hope that these are the sentiments of most Americans.