PM Jim Hacker: Surely we should use the debate to promote peace harmony, good will?
Sir Humphrey Applegate: Well it would be most unusual. The UN is the accepted forum for the expression of international hatred
Yes Prime Minister A Victory for Democracy 1986
On Morning Joe today the table lamented that 10% of the population of Syria has been slain since the start of the civil war in that country.
It was stated that this was the disgrace of the west. I take issue with this statement.
The west did not start the war in Syria, until the Russians decided to go in strong the only people who were strongly involved in the Syrian war were Iranian backed groups.
Nobody is saying that this is the disgrace of the Middle East or the Disgrace of Africa, or the Disgrace of Asia. Nobody is, for example, asking the Chinese to send tends of thousands of troops to the area to make it safe. Why is it the disgrace of America and the west and not anyone else?
Unless the west or someone else is willing to conquer Syria and impose a peace, one will not take place until all of the sides are exhausted or all but one of the sides are defeated and some, even if it’s someone we hate, wins.. Is it the argument that we should do this? And PLEASE don’t give me the fiction of the arab states doing this. The are neither inclined nor willing to do so and never have been.
If one isn’t willing to conquer Syria, the only alternative is to send enough troops to create a defacto safe zone for refugees. That will take tens of thousands of troops, American Troops. In fairness this is likely the best possible solution, but given the cost in treasure and blood (because are troops will be a target the moment they show up) do we ask our citizens to do it, because frankly nobody else will.
These are all hard questions and both doing something and doing nothing comes at a cost, but unless you are willing to advocate for troops ready to fight, you have no business critiquing the west for not stopping the slaughter in Syria.
Or put simply, we know what the solution in Syria is, the question becomes , are we willing to pay the price to achieve it? How many US lives is it worth?
None of these questions are easy but I’ll be damned if anyone is going to shame the west for not getting our own people killed for something that is not in our strategic interest.
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