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Syria's Insurrection Is Not America's War

HermanBB Wrote: Jun 05, 2012 1:56 PM
To Israel As soon as I wrote that I knew someone was going to bring up the Barbary Coast. A very minor event in the grand scheme of things. The Crusades? Are you serious? Islam should be mad at Europe not the U.S. for that. The last time I looked the Crusades happened hundreds of years before the U.S. was even discovered.
In pushing for U.S. military intervention in Syria -- arming the insurgents and using U.S. air power to "create safe zones" for anti-regime forces "inside Syria's borders" -- The Washington Post invokes "vital U.S. interests" that are somehow imperiled there.

Exactly what these vital interests are is left unexplained.

For 40 years, we have lived with a Damascus regime led by either Bashar Assad or his father, Hafez Assad. Were our "vital interests" in peril all four decades?

In 1991, George H.W. Bush recruited the elder Assad into his Desert Storm coalition that liberated Kuwait. Damascus sent 4,000 troops. In gratitude,...