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Submitted by Peter Herz (United States), Apr 30, 2013 at 05:27

I fear that by making use of chemical weapons a "red line", the US Government is going to get itself into more trouble.

Neither the Syrian government nor the Syrian rebels are allies of the USA, and neither has ever had a particularly good opinion of our country. The crisis reminds me of Libya, only with a more complicated sectarian and minority twist. The USA has no business aiding and abetting more Qaeda, Salafi, and Muslim Brotherhood affiliates take power anywhere; nor does it have a stake in propping up a Ba'athi regime inspired by the ideals of European fascism and an erstwhile client of Soviet imperialism.

While the Syrian government may have used chemical WMD, the rebels are also squeezing out some of the oldest Christian communities in the world. Neither side deserves our support, and we ourselves are struggling with massive debt, a sluggish economic recovery (or non-recovery from the recession?) and a host of other issues. After Afghan and Iraqi adventures that were always doubtful and which show no sign of turning out well, plus aiding and abetting our own enemies in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and Yemen, keeping out of the Syrian mess ought to be a no-brainer.

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