At what point should we get involved?
The events in Syria seem to be spiraling out of control quickly. It appears, from all indications, that the government there has now used chemical weapons on their own citizens.
The United States has spent a lot of our treasure and our young people's lives over the years since World War II proceding with police actions. There has not been one war declared by our country since then. Yet we get involved in conflicts all over the place.
We are a giving country. We have given and given, and while foreign aide itself is only actually a very small portion of our national expeditures, there is a lot more to it than what our government spends. The private sector, charities and people donating, have always contributed a lot to foreign countries. We are the most giving people, in terms of material things, that have ever existed on earth.
While I have not traveled worldwide, I have had a lot of travel experiences. Average people everywhere want the same things; security, freedom, family and some joy in life. If it were up to the peoples of the world, regardless of our differences I think we could work things out. But, unfortunately in many places the bullies have taken over.
Bullies are bad for everybody. Remember in school there was always that one kid that picked on almost everyone. And usually he was surrounded by others who were also bullies but just not quite as confident as he was. I had one. I admit I was scared of him. He could do just about anything to anyone and no one would say anything. A few times that anyone was me. I took it in stride and ignored him as much as possible.
The other day I came across his name on the internet. It was a common name so I had to explore to see if it was him, and it was. I saw a booking photo from last year and it was his face only 40 years older than the last time I saw him. Apparently that bullying thing didn't work out for him so well.
These bullies who run governments are no different; they just happened to be in the right place at the right time and somehow rose to the top, usually by killing others.
We all wish that stories about bullies would turn out like what happened to the bulliies in the movie the Christmas Story. The boy hero finally knocked the block off the big bully and he ended up crying. I sometimes think we get caught in this image and imagine ourselves (the United States) as being able to do this.
Unfortunately, things are never as clear cut as they are in the movies, particularly in the international scene. We never see the aftermath of what happens when the bad guys go down. The bad guys have friends and family; they have followers. Just look at Hitler. Even after 70 years there are still those that believe in what he did.
We talk about surgical strikes. But somehow when we are doing our surgery with cruise missles, drones or even manned aircraft, we often kill others. It seems we create as many enemies as we destroy, because of the hatred we manufacture in doing so.