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War is hell; peace is sometimes worse

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Submitted by Michael S, Apr 10, 2017 at 11:04

Hello, Reality and Daniel

Moses meted out "Reality"'s sort of playground justice, when he killed the Egyptian taskmaster. God spared Moses' life, but consigned him to 40 years in exile. Both or you, then, have made valid points.

It's hard to give a good verdict, ruling the world from my desktop as I do. The Syrians were not only brutal, but utter fools, to taunt Donald Trump into humiliating them. And they WERE humiliated: the CO of the USS Porter, one of the two destroyers that sent the salvo of missiles into Assad's military heartland, was a woman. That same USS Porter, by the way, was buzzed by Russian jets in the Black Sea, two months ago. What the Porter did a few days ago, in the Eastern Mediterranean, was a measured response to Assad; but much more lethal than buzzing. The Russians too, then, were humiliated by the missile strike. Two big bullies, in Reality's terms, both got their "bricks in the head". That is the heart of what happened; and the US is big enough to shoulder whatever consequences may come its way.

Having said the above, favoring Randy's analogy, I concede this to Daniel: We have made things very complicated in Syria, because of what our President has done. The first thing that comes to my mind, is,

"How are we going to prosecute our attack on Raqqa, with hostile Russian aircraft and missiles getting in our way? Also, the Turks praised our missile strike; but they will quickly turn against us once more, as we fight alongside the Syrian Kurds (the Turkish President's most hated enemy) in taking the ISIS capital? Will we continue to resupply our men through Iraq, a Shi'ite controlled country which has condemned the missile strikes? These are roiling waters, and we are hopping from rock to rock, trying to keep ahead of the tide."

War is hell. Peace is sometimes worse, because of fiends like Assad and thugs like Putin. The situation in Syria is far from settled. Ultimately, I expect the Turks to team up with the Iranians to attack Israel; and I expect Israel to defeat them This could happen in the near future.

Shalom shalom :-)

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