The Syrian government has reportedly opened fired on protesters soon after President Bashar al-Assad promised to put an end to protests. The reported massacre occurred in the city of Sanamin near Daraa. Given President Barack Obama’s rationale for going to war in Libya, doesn’t that mean we will soon be bombing Damascus as we have Tripoli? After all, both Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insisted that they had no choice when it was clear that the government was shooting protesters. Now, Syrian protesters can claim the same right to a U.S. led “time-limited, scope-limited military action.”
The Syrian killings follow crackdowns in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and other allies. We have already spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the military campaign in Libya in bombing its capital and other cities. Now we have videos of protesters being shown no mercy in Syria.
It is not that Obama is pushing an unconstitutional policy, it is an incomprehensible policy to other nations. We have to strong arm NATO to give the appearance that we were no longer the dominant countries leading the war in Libya. Now, however, as Obama and Clinton try to articulate why they encountered into a civil war, these other countries are undermining any credibility over our foreign policy of military engagement.
Source: Al Jazeera