Word on the street is that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his own people. Syria of course has been embroiled in a terrible civil war that began back in March of 2011. The United Nations estimates that at least 80,000 Syrians have been killed in the conflict. The number will surely rise as it doesn’t look like the war will end anytime soon.
The White House announced that since chemical weapons have been used, a red line has been crossed, and the United States will start arming the Syrian rebels. First they will be given body armor and night vision goggles, later, weapons and ammunition. Arming Muslim fighters in an armed conflict that has nothing to do with us, thousands of miles from the United States, what could possibly go wrong?
I’m not sure I understand why the use of chemical weapons is worse than using any other type of weapon. When you think about it, it doesn’t matter if you are killed with sarin gas or an AK-47. Either way, when you’re killed, you’re killed. There are no different degrees of death.
War is a terrible, awful thing. It always has been, and it always will be. Death by chemical weapon is no worse than death by crossbow or catapult. My guess is that if the White House says a “red line has been crossed” now that Syria has used chemical weapons, it’s because Obama wanted to arm the rebels along, but didn’t think he had the political capital to do it before. Now he thinks he does.
On a positive note, if we have the money to start arming Syrian freedom fighters, it must mean the economy had turned around to the extent we don’t have to continue slashing things from the federal budget.