The impulse on behalf of American leadership to participate in war, as usual and in spite of public opinion, is perverse. Religionist ideologues are going to have their wars, no matter what the rest of us think. Why drag America into war because of it?
The McCains and Kerrys and Obamas who are geared up to do paltry things like drop bombs in Syria, are people who for some reason think it is acceptable to do so. Why not full scale invasion then? Their motives are difficult to pinpoint, phony motives such as “American interests” and the infamous “red line” that was crossed, but these are not the whole story. The perennial “America is the world’s police officer” is a little closer to the truth, but who voted for this title? We didn’t get involved in WWII until we were literally attacked by a standing military. Armies were cut clear back in the day. In modern times the ideologues blend enemies with friend and vice versa. America’s interest in these matters is non-existent, with the exception of saving Obama’s precious little reputation, but still, this can’t be the entire story.
America’s desire to police the world has an imperialist undertone, pure and simple.
The message I get from Britain and much of American society is, STAY THE FUCK OUT OF SYRIA. The McCains, Kerrys and Obamas, contrarily, are on a different plane of thought. Maybe they see things in the world we don’t; but I sure as hell know what it means when America sticks its nose in the business of others. It means Americans die, unnecessarily. To think religious ideology plays a gargantuan role in all this, is sickening.
Ironically, though the pope has it only in part, he is correct in his assertion, “‘I cannot understand who gave the United States or France the right to act against a country in a way that will certainly increase the suffering of the citizens of that country, who, by the way, have already suffered beyond measure,’ he was quoted as saying in the interview, the text of which was released by a Vatican-affiliated spokesman” (Source). Of course, one must remember that the pope is generally worried about Syrian Christians, or Christians in whatever part of the world; this is his main motive. He maybe anti-war, but he, as a member of the Catholic Church, thinks the entire world should be bowing to the “one true church,” that is the mentality of a Catholic.
In my opinion, however, the suffering of the citizens of Syria won’t be the only ones suffering as America goes prancing around with its warships, bombing people who behave badly. The war in Syria will wane out and die, or they will go on killing, but that is their way of life. When America gets involved, that way of life tends to permeate ours.