Human combat has existed since pre-historic days. The basic concept has remained the same, only the technology has become deadlier.
The 20th century saw a significant change in that some “ground rules” were established. After World War I, countries agreed to ban a method of killing, chemical warfare.1
Although the ban has not been 100% effective, it was a step in the right direction. Events in the Middle East have now engulfed us in the current debate: should the U.S. or any other country send military strikes against Syria for using one of these banned substances?
The situation has been made more complicated since it appears that Al-Qaeda and other inhumane groups are now part of the Syrian government’s opposition. A wimpy slap-on-the-wrist strike would only embolden Assad & Co. (To add to the dilemma, it has become ”if” they are actually the perpetrators, because doubt has been cast on their guilt.3) A more appropriately severe strike would be our favoring one barbaric group for another. And, some of our ideological opponents would likely take issue with this and threaten retaliation possibly leading to the much-feared Final Conflagration.
President Obama has put himself in a no-win situation.
But a different win-win opportunity has been staring us in the face. We can still thwart those who have been employing chemical warfare against the innocent for years. All we have to do is take humane, constitutional and legal strikes against… Planned Parenthood.
1 – “The world’s horror led the League of Nations in 1925 to draft the Geneva Protocol, banning chemical weapons in war and declaring that their use ‘has been justly condemned by the general opinion of the civilized world,’” from “A brief history of chemical warfare,” by Harold Maass, The Week, 9/7/2013
2 – “A top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee on Sunday cautioned against arming Syrian rebels, saying ‘al Qaeda elements have a lot of control’ within the Middle Eastern nation’s opposition groups… It is in ‘everyone’s interest’ to see the current Syrian leadership leave power, but ‘by arming the rebels, we could be strengthening al Qaeda,’ Mr. King said on CNN,” from “Rep. King Warns of ‘Al Qaeda Elements’ in Syrian Opposition,” by Ryan Tracy, www.blogs.wsj.com, 5/5/2013
3 – “According to an article published on Sunday in the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, a German spy ship intercepted repeated communications from forces loyal to Assad asking for permission to use chemical weapons; however, their requests were consistently denied,” article by David Stout entitled “Report Claims Syrian Troops Used Chemical Weapons Without Assad’s Approval,” www.world.time.com, 9/9/2013