Hi… glad to see this as a topic.
It was last year or the year before that I wrote to the White House to please intervene in Syria. I actually received a response months later, stating the concern of the administration for human rights issues, which was my reason for writing. Today it all looks different, but the point is not lost. It was actually made by the introduction of now chemical atrocities, which could have been foreseen given the state of affairs.
I have supported the “Arab Spring” from its very beginning, as it is another Renaissance, albeit under different circumstances and in a different time and place. Reason, eventually, will win out. But there are two, or more, sides to a story.
I support the Arab Spring movements. I understand that not all rebels have freedom in mind. But most do. Two points on intervention, you decide, as I have to myself, since they are not that easy:
1) Intervene, under U.N. control. Why? To stop genocide. War is one thing, two unequal parties fighting and one annihilating the other by whatever means is plain evil. We vowed, as a global community represented by the U.N., to never allow WWII atrocities ever again. For the sake of human rights, not political ones, Syria has to meet an opponent of equal or bigger size.—- Outcome? Not sure. This is thinking purely based on human rights intervention.
2) Let things play out as they will. The Civil War settled America, WWII settled Europe. The total destruction of the Middle East, letting the warring countries or opposing parties fuck each other over and over will eventually, eventually, bring about so much horror that the region will settle for some kind of peace. It will. This is certain. But when? At what cost?
I don’t know what to think. I certainly oppose any Western action based on our need for oil. If that’s the motivation you might as well support the devil. (Figure of speech, you know :-)
What should happen? I really don’t know. If anything, yes, certainly intervene concerning chemical weapons. This is a U.N. human rights issue. No question on that.
Otherwise, I have no clue…..