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If you turn on the TV, the radio or any inter­net news source, all you hear is Syria. The ratio of infor­ma­tion to com­men­tary is at best 1:1,500, and I include major news out­lets in that number.

So far, it appears that Trump acted with deci­sive force to achieve a lim­ited objec­tive.

Beyond that, very lit­tle of the com­men­tary asks ques­tions such as, Is Anti-​Trump Left Media Cul­ture Will­ing to Fight in Syria to Win?, where Pete enumerated,

So while the gas attacks in Syria are hor­rific before we con­sider going to war in Syria we as a coun­try need to answer these questions.

  1. Are we will­ing to go to war and pay the price in blood and trea­sure to top­ple Assad risk­ing Amer­i­can lives in Syria?

  2. Are we will­ing to fight that war until it’s actu­ally won rather than fight a lim­ited war for the sake of sav­ing face?

  3. Are we will­ing once Assad is top­pled to stay in Syria for the 30 to fifty years to make sure Syria doesn’t become Iraq or Libya and leave it for Islamist to take over?

  4. Are we will­ing to take respon­si­bil­ity for not only the mil­i­tary but the civil­ian casu­al­ties that will inevitably take place in Syria in such a war?

  5. Are we will­ing to risk a mil­i­tary confrontation(s) with Rus­sia and Iran in order to do this?

To these one may add ques­tions on effects on the larger world — notice how the attack was reported while Pres. Trump dined with China’s Xi, or how North Korea and oth­ers (such as Iran and espe­cially Rus­sia) view this, for instance. Many of the com­ments focus on refugees and immigration-​related agenda.

Instead, thou­sands of tweets, blog posts, and Face­book com­ments are crit­i­cism or praise of some­thing the com­menter knows lit­tle or noth­ing about, least of which is infor­ma­tion on Syria itself.

Years ago I went to a lec­ture by Tim Berners-​Lee, the guy who actu­ally invented the world wide web (Al Gore sure as heck didn’t invent it). He was glad peo­ple could express their opin­ions on the web, but his intent is to dis­sem­i­nate knowledge.

In a search for knowl­edge it’s up to us to search for the facts and ask ques­tions, if we are also inter­ested in acquir­ing wis­dom. The rest of it is just opin­ions, which are like navels: every­body has one.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz posts on U.S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog

If you turn on the TV, the radio or any internet news source, all you hear is Syria. The ratio of information to commentary is at best 1:1,500, and I include major news outlets in that number.

So far, it appears that Trump acted with decisive force to achieve a limited objective.

Beyond that, very little of the commentary asks questions such as, Is Anti-Trump Left Media Culture Willing to Fight in Syria to Win?, where Pete enumerated,

So while the gas attacks in Syria are horrific before we consider going to war in Syria we as a country need to answer these questions.

  1. Are we willing to go to war and pay the price in blood and treasure to topple Assad risking American lives in Syria?

  2. Are we willing to fight that war until it’s actually won rather than fight a limited war for the sake of saving face?

  3. Are we willing once Assad is toppled to stay in Syria for the 30 to fifty years to make sure Syria doesn’t become Iraq or Libya and leave it for Islamist to take over?

  4. Are we willing to take responsibility for not only the military but the civilian casualties that will inevitably take place in Syria in such a war?

  5. Are we willing to risk a military confrontation(s) with Russia and Iran in order to do this?

To these one may add questions on effects on the larger world – notice how the attack was reported while Pres. Trump dined with China’s Xi, or how North Korea and others (such as Iran and especially Russia) view this, for instance. Many of the comments focus on refugees and immigration-related agenda.

Instead, thousands of tweets, blog posts, and Facebook comments are criticism or praise of something the commenter knows little or nothing about, least of which is information on Syria itself.

Years ago I went to a lecture by Tim Berners-Lee, the guy who actually invented the world wide web (Al Gore sure as heck didn’t invent it). He was glad people could express their opinions on the web, but his intent is to disseminate knowledge.

In a search for knowledge it’s up to us to search for the facts and ask questions, if we are also interested in acquiring wisdom. The rest of it is just opinions, which are like navels: everybody has one.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz posts on U.S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog