The Obama administration announced today that it was finally going to do the obvious and supply limited kinds of arms in limited amounts to some of the freedom fighters trying to destroy the bloody fascist Baathist regime of Syria. There is also a timid announcement of a limited no-fly zone
The specialized UN agency says that the number of dead in less than two years is between 80,000 and 90,000. The Syrian rebellion death toll thus approximates the number of 100,000 some organization blame the US for during its eight year military intervention in Iraq. At this rate, the Syrian war of liberation would cost more than 300,000 Syrian lives. American non-intervention preserves lives, sure thing!
Of course, all the Syrian victims were killed by other Arabs and by the occasional Iranian whereas, in Iraq, it was only most of the victims. I don’t hear a clamor of protests from either liberal or libertarian circles about the bloodshed in Syria. Not all victims of war and of civil war are equal, I guess. Those who are killed by Americans, or withing national borders that comprise an American military presence, are more dead than the others.
Of course, I think President Obama is doing the right thing even if too little and too late. You have no right to stand by when war planes deliberately bomb apartment buildings occupied by children and women.
Closet pacifists of all feathers will attack this morally self- evident statement. I predict that they will not make sense and that their protestations will not ring true.
PS This, for the simple-minded among you: Syria has negligible amounts of oil.