Here we go again, about to jump into another war on the other side of the world in Syria. We can’t seem to learn that war is not the answer. There are no winners; there are only losers.
War is an inhuman, cruel waste of life and resources where not only our youth die, but where thousands of civilians die or are routed from their homes. War should be the very last resort to an invasion of our homeland (as in the Second World War), not a foreign policy to be randomly used all over the world. Such wars cause more problems than they solve.
For instance, look at the recent Vietnam War, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In all of them, the results have been horrible. Nothing has really been accomplished. In fact our presence in these places has made things worse. Of course, the cost of them has skyrocketed our national debt out of sight. (No nation can afford an extended war anymore, because the cost of armaments is too high.)
But here we are, with the Republicans in Congress demanding that Obama feed the needs of the Pentagon and the greed of the Military Industrial Complex by throwing more of our youth and money into the volcano called Syria. We cannot solve Syria’s tragic problems. The situation there is as complex and difficult as were those of the other countries we entered.
Syria is not invading our homeland. Nobody is presently invading us. What we need is to recover from our other blunders with a respite of reason and peace. The last thing we now need is another, long, complicated, ill-advised war.
The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.