Obama must do something tangible for Syria
February 8th, 2012
03:02 PM ET

Obama must do something tangible for Syria

Editor’s Note: Danielle Pletka is the vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank based in Washington, DC. Before joining AEI, she served for ten years as a senior professional staff member for the Near East and South Asia on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. The views expressed in this article are solely those of Danielle Pletka.

By Danielle Pletka – Special to CNN

Obama administration officials have labeled the United Nations’ failure to act on Syria as “outrageous” and a “travesty”.  But that’s about all they’ve done about Syrian dictator Basher el Assad’s wanton murder of thousands of innocent Syrians.

Meanwhile, in the wake of the failure of last weekend’s weak Security Council resolution, more than 400 Syrians were killed in ruthless assaults.  They had nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.  Syrian opposition leaders have begged the international community to act, to do more than convene in contact groups and make rounds on the diplomatic circuit.  But their begging has fallen on deaf ears.

Why care about Syria?

Let’s again rehearse the simple reasons:

– Syria is the soft underbelly of Iran, Tehran’s most important ally, conduit for arms and cash to terrorists.

– Syria has been home to and sponsor of terrorists that have killed American soldiers and non-combatants in Iraq, in Lebanon, in Israel, in the West Bank and more.

– Syria was likely behind the murder of the former Prime Minister of Lebanon, an act for which it has paid no price

– Syria has been the godfather to Iran’s terrorist creature, Hezbollah, which has degraded and exploited the Lebanese state (among many other sins).

-Syria’s despotic government has murdered thousands of its own people and will continue to do so until Bashar al-Assad has secured once again his dominion over the Syrian people.

A unique confluence of American moral purpose and America’s strategic interest argue for intervention in Syria. It’s time to do something tangible.

It’s time to start arming the Free Syrian Army, convening the disparate factions of the Syrian opposition and coaching them toward an interim government. It’s time to create safe zones along the border with Turkey and humanitarian corridors to get there.  It’s time to protect those corridors from the air with a limited no-fly zone and establish safe cities.  And it’s time to do all that without benefit of a Security Council resolution, because let’s admit it, the Security Council’s moral authority is nil with Russia and China in permanent seats.

It’s time to begin to work with Turkey and coax the Islamist Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan into a position as moral leader in his region.   He may be taking Turkey down a dangerous path, but at the moment, he’s willing to do the right thing on Syria.  Let’s double down on that.

It’s in the U.S. interest; it’s also in Israel’s interest, and worth their while to arrange themselves on the side of Turkey and the Arab League against the loathsome al-Assad.  That doesn’t mean coming out publicly and intervening in Arab affairs, but it does mean beginning to have quiet talks behind the scenes with interested parties.  Indeed, it is fascinating that Israel, which has found itself in weird concert with the Arabs on Libya, Iran and Syria, has failed to exploit that position to improve its regional relations in any way.  One might almost think Israel an indifferent observer to ouster of al-Assad, a sworn enemy.

Syria will have a post-Assad future.  That future could be in the hands of Qatari backed Salafis, Saudi-backed Islamists, or the Western world could have a say.  Sitting on the sidelines will ensure that we have as little as possible.

Here is what President Barack Obama said about Libya in May of last year:

“To brush aside America's responsibility as a leader and – more profoundly – our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are. Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. The United States of America is different. And as president, I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action."

How does Syria not meet that standard?  For shame on Obama for his hypocrisy, his indifference, and his abdication of American moral and strategic leadership.

The views expressed in this article are solely those of Danielle Pletka.

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  1. SeanNJ

    After all the heat the administration took from Republicans over Libya, why in Sam Hill would they want to get involved in Syria? It would be met with nothing but calls of "socialist spending money we don't have harumph harumph."

    Can't win for losing.

    February 9, 2012 at 9:28 am | Reply
    • petergibby

      The heat wasn't about if to help, but how. It was just strange how we went in with the nato and all.

      February 10, 2012 at 1:01 am | Reply
  2. Alan

    It's always funny to hear some moronic desk jockey "advising" the president to send American boys into harms way. These same tools will be the ones whining when we take casualties. America does not need another war, we are not the worlds policemen, and if Syria blows up, who cares?......let Iran handle the mess.
    Second, it is unclear who the replacement would be would be and we could be getting into a situation where the cure is worse than the illness . What we don't need is another extremist regime like Iran....let's see how the cards fall

    February 9, 2012 at 9:40 am | Reply
  3. Kevin D.

    Whatever the US does will likely be labeled the wrong decision on the Arab Street. So we should not worry about how it will be perceived so much as we look at what is the right thing to do. Get Saudi Arabia on our side and see if we get al-Assad to step and go into exile in Morocco or something. After that, I have no clue.

    February 9, 2012 at 9:54 am | Reply
    • Andrey

      Sounds like a great plan!

      February 9, 2012 at 10:34 am | Reply
  4. norm

    NO, Obama needs to do SOMETHING NOW!
    WHY? Because he is the leader of our democracy and DEMOCRACY helps the downtrowden and less
    fortunate and STOPS MASSACRES. Remember Hitler and Poland, no one wanted to do anything not
    even
    Chamberlain and his british citizesn.. we all know what happened next.....WW2....

    OBAMA MUST ACT NOW FOR THE SYRIAN PEOPLE AND THE WORLD NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 9, 2012 at 10:02 am | Reply
    • Duane

      Speaking as a former US Army soldier, sit this one out. Yes it kills me inside a bit to know innocent people are dying, but the fact remains that Russia, China, Saudi, Jordan, UAE....these are the countries that need to be involved and setting this straight not the USA!
      Let's say Obama sends us in, then what? We stop the violence for maybe a few months before every jihadist decides to shift from Iraq to Syria for a piece of an American. The people of Syria start calling for American blood too and we are left as the bad guys AGAIN!
      We have good intentions, but the fact is that part of the world does not appreciate it at all. They see us as saviors one second and the enemy a moment later. Forget it, we are tired of it. See how well the world fairs without us for once.

      February 9, 2012 at 10:34 am | Reply
      • norm

        Duane,

        Agree to some point,,,, but if no one interferes where does this leave us.....we always stood for
        innocents and against despots like Hitler, mussolini, etc..... we have another despot killling innocents...

        I dont think anyone else can do the job.... Who is going to help them ,,,,no one...your conscience will pay you
        a visit one day when you could have done something but you stood by and watch innocents die...

        February 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
      • Fred

        Duane, you have a good point. And, thank you for your service to our country.

        February 10, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • norm

      AMERICA? IS GREAT AND MUST CONTINUE BEING GREAT....WE CARE about freedom, democracy and government for the people , by the people and other countries who strive for same values.... we are NOT AMERICA if we DONT CARE.!!!!
      FREEDOM , LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS... THAT IS WHAT SYRIA IS TRYING TO ACHIEVE.
      WE MUST HELP THEM!!

      February 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  5. Jack

    This is a double-edged sword. On one side we have no right to interfere with another country's business. On the other we as human being cannot let this genocide continue. Whatever decision is made it will be both right and wrong. I for one am on the side of helping the innocent people involved in this tragedy. I am glad it is not my decision to make.

    February 9, 2012 at 10:11 am | Reply
    • BILL

      VERY WELL PUT

      February 9, 2012 at 10:51 am | Reply
    • Andrey

      Jack, there is very short and simple difinition of Genocide for you as given by Wikipedia: "Genocide is the crime of killing many people who are all part of one ethnic group, religious group, or some sort of similar group, and trying to destroy that group". Are you just confused, or are you trying to manipulate the reality by selecting wrong labels as CNN usually do – it is not good either way.

      February 9, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
    • Fred

      Me to Jack. That's why presidents go in looking young, and come out looking old. These kinds of decisions are wrenchingly stressful.

      February 10, 2012 at 12:42 am | Reply
  6. Enlightened 4

    THE RED PHONE IS RINGING......Problem is there is no one who knows what he is doing to answer it. Hilliary warned the Democrats and nation of this problem. Obama focusing ONLY on his campaign, too bed, so many are dying, but campaign comes first and foremost. This is not the first time that he has demonstrated Zero leadership skills. Cowardliness is an interesting state to observe in the face of crisis.

    February 9, 2012 at 10:24 am | Reply
    • RRay Family

      No too Enlightened are you. You should shut because you're a moron.

      February 9, 2012 at 11:01 am | Reply
  7. Andrey

    It is a rebellion happening in Syria. Or a revolution. Or a civil war – call it whatever way you like. The point is that it is not the first one, and certainly not the last one. Unless of course you believe that the world as we know it will end 2012/12/21.
    So I do not think America or any other country should start intervening in any and every civil war and see it as a reason for bombing or occupying the country and resolving it all its way. Because that way will cost more long term all sides. Helping to avoid it – that would be good. Helping to find some peaceful solution – great, if anybody can do it! But helping one side to overthrow or suppress another – that is different animal altogether!

    February 9, 2012 at 10:28 am | Reply
    • johnny

      How can America not be involved in creating or supporting overseas conflicts, militarily!

      Dont forget American politicians have to support their financiars. Help them sustain their businesses.

      There are now more than 10,000 ex-Iraq defence contracfors who are out of work. And what about the military weaponry, tanks and fighter jet manufacturers back home? How are their bosses going to afford buying newer and bigger private jets ... if there is no war anywhere in the world.

      It's an American culture. War is good for business. Good business for a few rich American multi millionaires.

      So lets create more wars somewhere in the world. Nevermind who wins the fight, Important thing is the war machinery factories continue to churn our the guns, bullets and missiles, inciendiary bombs, chemical bombs,drones etc etc .

      February 16, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Reply
  8. Wes Sorenson

    Another example of our President leading from behind.................We are the laughing stock of the world.

    February 9, 2012 at 10:31 am | Reply
    • Duane

      Wes- Explain to me why we should be involved?

      February 9, 2012 at 10:33 am | Reply
    • guest

      no. we were the laughing stock of the world when Bush was president. he was ignorant, mis-informed and squandered the good will of the world after 9-11 by invading Iraq for no good reason. maybe Fox news didn't tell you, but the rest of the world admires and respects Harvard-educated, cool-headed, thoughtful Obama. only in our backwards country do we make heroes out of the stupid and ignorant and turn on the intelligent people among us.

      February 9, 2012 at 11:28 am | Reply
      • petergibby

        I strongly disagree. Bush was very respected and our country was respected. If you travel overseas, they don't really have strong opinions on either - they have their own lives to live and not worry about how much the respect the us presisdent. We did have a good reason to go into Iraq - that's why congress, the UN, and most of the American people supported it. We were successful with our goal in Iraq. Sure, you can point out negative things, but I can point out positive. It's called the confirmation bias and it keeps you from thinking accurately about things. We tend to only recognize the evidence that supports our idea of reality and ignore all else.

        February 10, 2012 at 1:11 am |
      • guest

        i am confused about what you believe our goal was in Iraq, why we attacked them and how we accomplished that goal? the public supported Bush because they believed his lies about why we were going to Iraq, while we still hadn't cleaned up Afghanistan or gotten the people who actually attacked us. but you should know that millions of us did not approve of the Iraq invasion. Iraq was not involved in 9-11, in fact Al Queda hated Hussain because he didn't follow Sharia law. they never had weapons of mass destruction, and the Israeli govt told us so (they took out the nuclear plant long ago). we had no business starting a war to remove a dictator, any more than any other country would have the right to attack us to get rid of our leaders. and we left a country in crisis, which is shortly going to be taken over by the Shiite majority, who will align with Iran and impose Sharia law on the citizens. and I have traveled abroad and have never met anyone who admired Bush. Obama took out BinLadin and all the top people who actually were involved in terrorism, and he did so without destroying entire countries. case closed.

        February 10, 2012 at 11:20 am |
  9. Duane

    Speaking as a former US Army soldier, sit this one out. Yes it kills me inside a bit to know innocent people are dying, but the fact remains that Russia, China, Saudi, Jordan, UAE....these are the countries that need to be involved and setting this straight not the USA!
    Let's say Obama sends us in, then what? We stop the violence for maybe a few months before every jihadist decides to shift from Iraq to Syria for a piece of an American. The people of Syria start calling for American blood too and we are left as the bad guys AGAIN!
    We have good intentions, but the fact is that part of the world does not appreciate it at all. They see us as saviors one second and the enemy a moment later. Forget it, we are tired of it. See how well the world fairs without us for once.

    February 9, 2012 at 10:33 am | Reply
    • Andrey

      That's right Duane – both sides will turn on you! That has happened before. It will happen again and again. Have to be blind not to see it.

      February 9, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
    • RRay Family

      Let me start by saying I love our men fighting for our country. We backed Hussan then we killed him, we we backed Gadaffi and we killed him, we back Osoma and then we killed him, we backed the Shia then we sent Hussan in there to kill them. We go in to help then we want evrything they have. When we don't get it we kill them. Historically we are the bad guys even when try to do some good it seems we screw it up. Over and Over again. The Phillipines we went in to help and we ended up killing them. The only people I do not understand why they hate us are the French.

      February 9, 2012 at 11:09 am | Reply
      • norm

        This is what make s AMERCA, WE CARE about freedom, democracy and government for the people , by the
        people and other countries who strive for same values.... we are NOT AMERICA if we DONT CARE.!!!!
        FREEDOM , LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS... THAT IS WHAT SYRIA IS TRYING TO ACHIEVE.
        WE MUST HELP THEM!!

        February 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
  10. Ian

    As much as I am for helping people it's getting old. We spend lives and billions of dollars helping these countries and they will sit there with their hands out and then curse us as the eveil regime when our backs are turned.

    I'm sorry people are dieing but we haveour own problems. Forget that. I'm tired of these countries in the ME.

    February 9, 2012 at 10:39 am | Reply
    • RRay Family

      We backed Hussan then we killed him, we we backed Gadaffi and we killed him, we back Osoma and then we killed him, we backed the Shia then we sent Hussan in there to kill them. We go in to help then we want evrything they have. When we don't get it we kill them. Historically we are the bad guys even when try to do some good it seems we screw it up. Over and Over again. The Phillipines we went in to help and we ended up killing them. The only people I do not understand why they hate us are the French.

      February 9, 2012 at 10:56 am | Reply
      • petergibby

        I'm trying to figure out why you hate us!! We supported these people not knowing they'd go crazy (i.e 9-11). Things are how you interpret them.

        February 10, 2012 at 1:14 am |
  11. Tr1Xen

    Bombs away!!

    February 9, 2012 at 10:40 am | Reply
  12. Andrey

    I think the volunteers should be sent there – to help Syria. That would be Charles Darwin way. Why other people should go there and die in somebody elses war. Let liberals themselves (in very general sense) do it for a change!

    February 9, 2012 at 10:44 am | Reply
  13. RRay Family

    The Arab league should be the one going in. isreal should be going in if it is in our best interest. They are our allys right? Turky keeps saying they are going in but they do not. We went in last time and Obama was lambased for it. Now he won't and he is being lambased for that. I says stay out of it. Anyway there is no threat of a central bank being created there backed by the gold or oil standard so I guess there is no threat to the Fed or the Central banks like there was with Hussan and Gudaffi.

    February 9, 2012 at 10:48 am | Reply
  14. Dawg1954

    Americans have fought and died for freedom throughout our history. Let the Syrians do the same. If Iranians, Afghans, or any Islamic country truly wants freedom from dictators and mullahs, let them unite and fight. US stay out of it!!!

    February 9, 2012 at 10:59 am | Reply
  15. tensai13

    We live in the 21st century and a global population of over 7 billion. If we collectively do not put an end to violence at this level, we are not, absolutely not going to make it to the 22nd century.

    February 9, 2012 at 10:59 am | Reply
    • Andrey

      Yeah, let's bomb them into peace!

      February 9, 2012 at 11:07 am | Reply
      • pimpovski

        Its really annoying how ignorant and stupid people are...."we shouldnt bail them out"? its the US govt that started this mess...just like they started the mess in lybia and iraq and egypt....no no i forgot america is a beacon of light to the world and would never do anything except protect the world and its own citizens.....BS....if you want america to be a beacon of light than you must have a beacon as a leader...you cant have lying politicians who dont give a fk about you or the rest of the world...u need a leader who cares and not about policing but about his own country...why dont you take a look at ron paul...The only one who speaks the truth...the only one who can change the course of this country....if its not ron paul than it doesnt really matter who it is because nothing will change...and that is the truth

        February 9, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  16. Yawn

    Yawn, another conservative wanting the US to get into another war. What a big surprise.

    February 9, 2012 at 11:06 am | Reply
  17. LeRoy_Was_Here

    John Quincy Adams: America goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy.

    Seems relevant to the current situation.

    February 9, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply
  18. izandroro

    Why should we bail out syria....what is wrong with the incredibly rich countries right around syria....what is wrong with them? They would love the USA to get involved so they can blame the USA for everything.....Stay out of Syria...no Americans should die for this fight.

    February 9, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply
  19. BigEd

    This is whats happening in syria and its simply whats been happening in the rest of the arab world. The US is instigating this war by sending in al quieda(arab mercenaries)to kill civilians and attack the current syrian govt.... The syrian govt is trying to protect the people and itself but fighting is awkward and civilians are getting killed too. America is trying to say that this is a "revolution" while in reality its just america trying to topple yet another govt....and ofcourse because this is an american instigated war they have a nice little spin on what happening and it looks horrible to the stupid american public....BOOM!

    February 9, 2012 at 11:21 am | Reply
    • LeRoy_Was_Here

      The U.S. is 'sending in Al Qaeda'?!???

      So Al Qaeda is now fighting for us???

      Sheesh! You are nuttier than a fruitcake!

      February 9, 2012 at 11:23 am | Reply
      • BigEd

        They have been using al quieda for a long time you idiot...

        February 9, 2012 at 11:27 am |
      • Andrey

        CIA practically created al qaeda from scratch with pakistany help. They used it to fight Soviets in Afghanistan. That is no secret and has never been, except for LeRoy Was Not There.

        February 9, 2012 at 11:31 am |
      • Andrey

        Sorry, did not read the original message from BigEd. I think LeRoy still has a valid point there.
        What happens in ME now is not in US interest. Quite opposite. I personally do not see a single thing there which US would benefit from. The best could they do now – is to play the Evil Russia/China card to abdicate any responsibility for whatever happens next, to minimize the damage. And avoid any involvement. That is what they do now.

        February 9, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • DCBuck

      I guess Internet service has been restored to Assad's palace.

      February 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  20. LeRoy_Was_Here

    Both of you (BigEd and Andrey) are certifiable NUTS. The U.S. played a large role in creating the Taliban, to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan. We did NOT create Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda is not = the Taliban. I sincerely hope most Americans are more well-informed than you two are. If not, our whole country is in serious trouble.

    February 9, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • James C

      They are probably not even American. Just some dumb trolls.

      February 9, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply
    • BigEd

      You guys are right...let me go get brain washed by fox and cnn so i can be just like you! ..well i still wont be obese so ill be almost like you!

      February 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
    • Andrey

      What a bunch of ignorants! Taliban – is that all you know? What about Mujahid then? Do you know anything about them? Or your were still a kid in erly 1980-s and too lazy to learn any history?
      "From 1986, it began to set up a network of recruiting offices in the U.S., the hub of which was the Al Kifah Refugee Center at the Farouq Mosque in Brooklyn's Atlantic Avenue. Among notable figures at the Brooklyn center were "double agent" Ali Mohamed, whom FBI special agent Jack Cloonan called "bin Laden's first trainer,"[77] and "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdel-Rahman, a leading recruiter of mujahideen for Afghanistan. Al-Qaeda evolved from the MAK." Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Qaeda and read "History" section. It is not too long, but may do you some good.

      February 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  21. Rick

    Here we go again, Team America, World Police.

    February 9, 2012 at 11:53 am | Reply
  22. James C

    First off, I hope everyone saying we don't need to get involved is behind Ron Paul. He is a staunch backer of a non-intervention foreign policy... just saying. Secondly, if we went in there and helped these people, they would be planting IED's for our troops two weeks later and claim we are occupiers. Third, I am tired of doing stuff for these countries when one of the richest countries in the world, Saudi Arabia, stands there and lets all of this go on in their backyard. We need to get out of the middle east and let them work this stuff out themselves. We should take a simple policy that "We will stay our of your business, but if you attack us or our allies we will level your country" and be done with it.

    February 9, 2012 at 11:57 am | Reply
    • DCBuck

      Nice try, but there is a happy medium between being the world's policeman and Ron "Neville Chamberlain" Paul. There should be one guiding principle behind our foreign policy, and that's what's in the U.S.' best interest. A civil war in Syria, while very tragic, does not impact U.S. interests. A nuclear Iran, OTOH, would have a definite impact on U.S. interests. The problem is that we have expended a lot of capital on a needless war in Iraq and a criminally mishandled effort (by BOTH Bush and Obama) in Afghanistan, leaving both our armed forces and our credibility stretched to the limit.

      February 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • Fred

      I concur. We're broke. Let's leave this one to Saudi Arabia, Turkey, et al.

      February 10, 2012 at 12:12 am | Reply
  23. Rabbit One

    if america wants to keep up its game as world police – it is high time we equip our leaders and our elite "nobles" with the guns and send them like drones to the front lines – it would be a dream if we could keep our brothers and sisters home with us and not see them die for nonsense – the leaders who want the police hero fantasies and the glory should shoulder the guns and march to the front lines to get the prizes God and Nature would never afford an honest person.

    February 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  24. Rick McDaniel

    Why????

    That is the responsibility of the Arab League.

    February 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  25. James

    Stay out of this, Mr. President. We have nothing to gain by engaging in this conflict.

    February 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
    • Fred

      I agree.

      February 10, 2012 at 12:07 am | Reply
  26. Center Of The Universe

    You have one planet.
    One.
    The rest of the civilised worlds watch and wait,
    to see how you humans treat each other.
    Evolve or perish.

    February 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Reply
    • Andrey

      That are liberals (in general sense, not one political party) from Mars talking.
      I knew it! They are not human – they are alilens!

      February 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Reply
  27. norm

    this is not AMERICA talking... America became great because we care about other countries...we cared
    about countries who have despots at the helm.. we care about people, dying children, families with
    only freedom, and the pursuit of happiness as we do in america...MARK MY WORDS....AMERICA AS A
    ONCE GREAT NATION... BECAUSE OF CARING... WILL BE WIPED OUT THE MAP ,,,,IF IF IT CONTINUES THIS
    PATH OF NON CARING....WHAT THE HELL ARE WE WAITING FOR... LETS GO AND FIGHT THESE BLOODYH
    SYRIANS THAT ARE KILLING INNOCENT CHILDREN....AND OTHER FAMILIES WHERE THE AMERICAN OLD
    GREAT GUTS??????????????????????????????????????????????????

    February 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply
    • Dover

      Shut up Norm.

      February 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
      • Fred

        Well said Dover.

        February 10, 2012 at 12:06 am |
  28. Dover

    This is what is going to happen: The republicans are going to start screaming for Obama to "Do something about Syria!!!!!" Then, when he does something, they are going to immediately start screaming "What do you think you are doing!!!!!!"

    February 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
    • Fred

      You made me laugh, maybe because what you said is so true.

      February 10, 2012 at 12:05 am | Reply
  29. D_NYC

    WHAT? We must do NOTHING for Syria... Why should we do something to benefit Syria when hundreds of civilians danced, cheered, clapped, sang and burned American flags in Damascus while the World Trade Center was collapsing with 3000 people inside... SCREW YOURSELF SYRIA!

    February 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
    • Dover

      Exactly!

      February 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  30. D_NYC

    Hi... For those of you who think it is our obligation to intervene and help the people in Syria, I have news for you... We will spend the money, sacrifice American lives, put ourselves in the middle of yet another worthless war, and guess what we will get out of it? NOTHING...

    These people do not stand for the values we stand for, these people will spit in our faces if they could, these people do not know the meaning of the words tolerance, respect and shame, not even among them, forget about Jews, Christians, Atheist, Mormons or ANY OTHER religious group.

    For them we Americans are just a group of infidels and imperialist who deserve the worst. So asking us for help is quite ridiculous. I have nothing against the Islam or Muslims, but they do have a lot against us and sadly their mentality is backwards: you are with us or you are against us... they do not believe in a society we all can co-exist and live based on our own beliefs...

    And it is sad, very sad indeed, that as of today we still have people in our country who don't realize the threat that this represents as more and more and more of them keep coming here.

    February 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
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