Many people are asking what will happen if we get involved in Syria. There are arguments for and against U.S. involvement. Polls show the American people are against it. Both the House Majority Leader, John Boehner, and the House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, back the president's request for Congressional approval for a limited 60 day strike on Syria and, like Libya, no boots on the ground.
There are many compelling arguments circulating as to what could happen as a result of such attacks:
Now with some of these fears, facts and arguments aside, lets ask the bigger question: What happens if we don't get involved, America?
As Republican Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has suggested, it would be catastrophic for the U.S. not to act and not to act now. If we don't act now, how will we degrade Assad's chemical weapon capabilities? How can we stop or slow down or prevent further mass murder of innocent men, women and children? How can the Free Syrian Army gain strength and how can we show our support for their opposition to Assad, his rule and his methods? As our Secretary of State John Kerry said, if we fail to act, we could lose our allies and as Sen. Menendez, D-N.J., stated, "we have an obligation to act."
The United States has arguably the best military in the world. We have briliant military minds in that Pentagon, among our joint chiefs advising our president. I trust them and their judgement. I trust their expertise, their experience; and I trust this president.
This strike is not about sticking out our middle finger at Russia; this strike is not about showing Assad who is boss nor saving face due to a line in the sand. This strike is about justice and where America stands, regardless of the politics or political party of our president.
As Americans, if we can save one child's life and see one less child wrything in pain or being wrapped in a sheet for burial due to chemical weapons, aren't we obliged to do at least that? Yes we are. I have never in my life made a decision based on fear, and nor should America. We simply cannot ignore these inhumane murderous attacks for fear of threats like Iran bombing Israel (Face it, Iran would be a parking lot in about 72 hours if that happened) or al-Qaida coming to power.
America needs to do the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing. If we truly want freedom and free elections, we must stand with those who want that for their own nation as we did with Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. But America also needs to realize that, in a free election, we don't get to choose that country's freely elected leaders. And we should not strike or fail to strike based on that premise.