I'm rather content to let things play out in Syria. And by content, I do not mean I am immune to the suffering there. But I ain't Rambo, and I ain't Albert Schweitzer. Nothing I can do for them.
Various earlier instances of the "Arab Spring" show us what happens when we get involved. We had a couple of rather desultory allies in Mubarak and Qaddafi, of all people. They gone now. In their place? Who knows?
If enough Syrians get tired of the eye doctor they will get rid of the eye doctor. If enough Syrian soldiers get tired of killing their own they were perform AK-47 Lasik on Bashar themselves. No successful revolution was ever fomented from without. Let's face it: building a hospital for some goatfucking tribesman isn't going to endear you to him. It's going to infuriate him when said hospital provides him a litany of his sexually transmitted diseases.
Ignorance is bliss, damn it. Respect it. In addition, Syria has nothing to exploit. If my country is going to expend lives and money (and, no, I refuse to say the hackneyed "blood and treasure") to free a peoples from their current mad man, I would expect some reciprocity in the way of crude oil, if they have any, or girls for the mail order bride/slave trade if they ain't got any oil.
Syria has zip squat buttfuckto. They have sands, with no tar. The only thing digging there will uncover is Saddam's WMD's. And the women in next door Lebanon are far more beautiful. And often Christian, although in the world of the white slave trade that can actually be a detriment. Nonetheless, as Milton said, "Chains do not bind thee to me, they bind thee to the bedposts."
I think that was Milton. Possibly Chuck Manson. My notes are old. At any rate, to the gist and gizzard of the matter: let Syria be Syria. If it gets too bad we can always send in Clooney to bore the bastards to death. Although I do have a bit of astigmatism in my right eye I would like Bashar to take a look at before he is vivisectioned, and dragged through the streets, with unclean curs fighting over his entrails.
Posted by Velociman at June 16, 2012 5:06 PM