America's Wars Just and Moral?
25, 2017 "Information
- "One knowledgeable official estimates that the
CIA-backed fighters may have killed or wounded
100,000 Syrian soldiers and their allies,"
writes columnist David Ignatius.
that Syria’s prewar population was not 10
percent of ours, this is the equivalent of a
million dead and wounded Americans. What
justifies America’s participation in this
Columnist Eric Margolis
the successes of the six-year civil war to
overthrow President Bashar Assad.
result of the western-engendered carnage in
Syria was horrendous: at least 475,000 dead, 5
million Syrian refugees driven into exile in
neighboring states (Turkey alone hosts three
million), and another 6 million internally
displaced. … 11 million Syrians … driven from
their homes into wretched living conditions and
of Syria’s greatest and oldest cities, Damascus
and Aleppo, have been pounded into ruins.
Jihadist massacres and Russian and American air
strikes have ravaged once beautiful, relatively
prosperous Syria. Its ancient Christian peoples
are fleeing for their lives before US and Saudi
takfiri religious fanatics."
Realizing the futility of U.S. policy, President
Trump is cutting aid to the rebels. And the War
Party is beside itself. Says The Wall Street
only way to reach an acceptable diplomatic
solution is if Iran and Russia feel they are
paying too high a price for their Syria sojourn.
This means more support for Mr. Assad’s enemies,
not cutting them off without notice. And it
means building up a Middle East coalition
willing to fight Islamic State and resist Iran.
The U.S. should also consider enforcing ‘safe
zones’ in Syria for anti-Assad forces."
fighting ISIS and al-Qaida in Syria, while
bleeding the Assad-Iran-Russia-Hezbollah
victors, is a formula for endless war and
unending terrors visited upon the Syrian people.
injury did the Assad regime, in power for half a
century and having never attacked us, inflict to
justify what we have helped to do to that
war moral by our own standards?
overthrew Saddam Hussein in 2003 and Moammar
Gadhafi in 2012. Yet, the fighting, killing and
dying in both countries have not ceased.
Estimates of the Iraq civilian and military dead
run into the hundreds of thousands.
the worst humanitarian disaster may be unfolding
the Houthis overthrew the Saudi-backed regime
and took over the country, the Saudis in 2015
persuaded the United States to support its air
strikes, invasion and blockade.
January 2016, the U.N. estimated a Yemeni
civilian death toll of 10,000, with 40,000
wounded. However, the blockade of Yemen, which
imports 90 percent of its food, has caused a
crisis of malnutrition and impending famine that
threatens millions of the poorest people in the
Arab world with starvation.
matter how objectionable we found these
dictators, what vital interests of ours were so
imperiled by the continued rule of Saddam,
Assad, Gadhafi and the Houthis that they would
justify what we have done to the peoples of
make a desert and call it peace," Calgacus said
of the Romans he fought in the first century.
Will that be our epitaph?
the principles for a just war, it must be waged
as a last resort, to address a wrong suffered,
and by a legitimate authority. Deaths of
civilians are justified only if they are
unavoidable victims of a deliberate attack on a
wars in Syria, Libya and Yemen were never
authorized by Congress. The civilian dead,
wounded and uprooted in Syria, and the
malnourished millions in Yemen, represent a
moral cost that seems far beyond any
proportional moral gain from those conflicts.
which of the countries we have attacked or
invaded in this century — Afghanistan, Iraq,
Syria, Libya, Yemen — are the people better off
than they were before we came?
wonder why they hate us.
to whom evil is done/Do evil in return," wrote
W. H. Auden in "September 1, 1939." As the
peoples of Syria and the other broken and
bleeding countries of the Middle East flee to
Europe and America, will not some come with
revenge on their minds and hatred in their
Meanwhile, as the Americans bomb across the
Middle East, China rises. She began the century
with a GDP smaller than Italy’s and now has an
economy that rivals our own.
become the world’s first manufacturing power,
laid claim to the islands of the East and South
China seas, and told America to keep her
warships out of the Taiwan Strait.
Jinping has launched a "One Belt, One Road"
policy to finance trade ports and depots
alongside the military and naval bases being
established in Central and South Asia.
Meanwhile, the Americans, $20 trillion in debt,
running $800 billion trade deficits, unable to
fix their health care system, reform their tax
code, or fund an infrastructure program, prepare
to fight new Middle East war.
the Gods would destroy…
Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book,
"Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made
and Broke a President and Divided America
Forever." To find out more about Patrick
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