Keeping up with the saga in Syria has me just about as confused as listening to my 13-year-old cousin’s boy drama. “He said, she said, she’s wrong, then he told her that they were friends, but then he was…”
I love what Rand Paul recently said on Fox News. He said, “I don’t think we’re in 7th grade, like it matters, ‘Oh, we’re winning, they’re losing.’ I think what’s most important is that we get the result we want, and the result would be that the weapons are taken out of Syrian hands and put into international hands.”
It’s Not Clear Cut
This Syrian war that the White House has decided to poke its nose in isn’t a clear-cut black and white war. It’s not a case like the Holocaust of good versus evil. The Syrian rebels, that our country has provided weapons to, are members of extremist terrorist organizations like Al-Qaeda. So, Assad and his people are evil murderers, but the opposition…well, they video tape themselves beheading their enemies and eating their internal organs. Are those really people that we want to step in and help?
No one would argue that using chemical weapons is horrific and something that needs to be stopped, but it’s not very easy to pick out the minority of innocent victims in a place like Syria. I can see how people in favor of us going along with the President’s original plan weeks ago would say that we were callous and cold-hearted by not stepping in to defend people against chemical attacks, but people like that are only looking at one detail in the argument.
Where can we see eye to eye? We all agree that chemical weapons should not be used. Where we differ is in figuring out how to stop it. Those who oppose a strike, which would likely spark World War III, don’t want to just turn a blind eye. We want diplomacy.
The partisan conflict we see here is just like anything else. Take gun control, for instance. Where do we agree? Uh, that we want our kids to be safe at school. We agree on the end result. Where do we differ? Well, we differ on whether we believe that guns in the hands of responsible citizens help keep us safe or endanger us. So, what should we do? We should look to the Constitution and stand up for what we believe to be right.
The piece of paper isn’t worthless it made us the biggest Superpower in the world, and even though we’re having to hold it up to an administration that keeps fighting against it, we are still America and we are now the only real remaining Superpower.
Where Do We Stand in the Syria Conflict Today?
Who knows what tomorrow’s headline will be, but at this moment, the US and Russia have agreed on a deal that states Assad must relinquish his chemical weapons within the week to avoid a US attack. Once the weapons are out of Assad’s hands (assuming he agrees and plays fair), the weapons will be put under international control.
Rand Paul and the High Road
Rand Paul declined pointing the finger. He did take some due credit, saying that people like him who have stood up against the White House nearly launching us into war are the reason that we have hope for a diplomatic solution. But, he didn’t point the finger. He was gracious in saying that it doesn’t matter who has been right or wrong in this process. What matters is the end result – which is that we get the chemical weapons out of Assad’s hands.
Rand Paul said that if we get the result we want, he won’t be one to say “I did this and the President did this.” He said that POTUS could “take all the credit he wants.”
What a refreshing attitude to have. It’s no wonder that Rand Paul is praised by so many on each side. He stands for what is right and Constitutional and he doesn’t point fingers when he definitely could.
I think we should all follow in his example and stand up to defend what’s right on every issue, but avoid getting caught up in the pettiness of “he’s wrong, I’m right.” There are two sides. Each side believes that their side is the right side, so all we can do is defend what we know to be true, try to find common ground, and be sober-minded when we get what we want.
An “in yo face” attitude will only further divide our already un-United States.