September 7, 2013

War dogs...

Good sense from Bookworm Room, As a Jew, why am I not more exercised about the use of poison gas in Syria?:

...What’s happening in Syria is a civil war.  In the hierarchy of wars, civil wars are always the most bloody and least humane, in much the same way that, in the area of law, the most vicious cases are divorces.  Your opponent is close enough for you to hate wholeheartedly.

In Syria, we are witnessing a fight between two closely-related, rabid dogs.  These war dogs can be put down entirely or they can be ignored.  They cannot be trifled with in an inconsequential way, or they will turn the full fury of their wrath on the trifler, even as they escalate actions against each other.  If America goes in, she must go in to destroy one side or the other.  Doing less than that is futile and tremendously dangerous, especially because these are Arabs....
Posted by John Weidner at September 7, 2013 7:21 AM
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No. It's not "C", it's NBC, and we have been very careful about their use because of their potential to "keep going". Areas of Europe were unusable for years after WWI. Given the advances in "desk top genetic engineering", we have a strong need for people to know that using such things are the End of the World, for them, lest it be the EotW for all of us. Perhaps it would have been better if "B" had not been coupled with "N" and "C", but that is the world we live in.....

Posted by: Robert M Mitchell Jr. at September 9, 2013 4:01 PM

I'm in complete agreement. But a TLAM hitting an aspirin factory or an empty palace won't do it. In fact it makes things worse; it tells the rabid dogs that we've done the worst we are willing to do, and they see that they can take it and survive.

It doesn't matter if we attack or not. Anything Obama will have the stomach for will be too little, and will send the wrong message. The Christian and moral action would be savage violence, with casualties numbered in 5 figures. Not gonna happen. So probably millions will dies in the future.

Posted by: John Weidner at September 9, 2013 5:47 PM

And Obama should have hit them with no warning whatsoever. Assad is probably moving kindergarten classes into his chemical facilities, to make us into "baby-killers."

Posted by: John Weidner at September 9, 2013 6:06 PM

"we are witnessing a fight between two closely-related, rabid dogs"
Name them.

Posted by: Bisaal at September 10, 2013 3:51 AM

The Assad regime, and the al Qaeda types who seem to be most of the opposition in this civil war.

Posted by: John Weidner at September 10, 2013 4:22 PM

There are 3 millions Christians and the Levantine Christians were never noted for passivity. They did establish the Baath Party. I believe this factor weighs in the mind of Americans-not the Baath, I mean, but the fate of Christians.

Posted by: Bisaal at September 10, 2013 8:56 PM

I'm not sure what your point is. But to most Americans Eastern Christianity is too remote and strange to care much about. This is to me a great pity, but we are much more likely to care about African or Chinese Christians.

and our political elites are mostly post-Christian. They are more-or-less on the other side.

And the Christians within Moslem lands are to deeply en-meshed in their dying Islamic cultures not to share their fate. They are going to go down with their collapsing world.

Posted by: John Weidner at September 12, 2013 7:26 PM

And the Christians within Western lands are to deeply en-meshed in their dying secular cultures not to share their fate. They are going to go down with their collapsing world.

The point is the Agency of the Christians themselves. The Baath, though evil, had protected Christians and other minorities. But the Protestant have had and still retain an hostility to the Orthodox East. Otherwise, why ally with Turks against Russia? Why ridicule age-old Russian dream to recover Constantinople for Christianity? Why act neutral in 1922?

Posted by: Bisaal at September 12, 2013 9:21 PM

Only yesterday, we were being told that Iran shelters AQ and now they are deadly foes?
I wonder how good is our information and are we being misinformed or manipulated?

Posted by: Bisaal at September 12, 2013 10:06 PM
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