The whole Syria rebellion continues to draw in many Americans, who increasingly want us to get militarily involved.
Given this, I’d like to say up front (while I won’t be accused of being unpatriotic) that I think us getting involved is a bad idea.
Let me say that again: America getting involved, even establishing a no fly zone, is a bad idea.
As most of my regular readers know, I’m tired of our country getting involved in conflict after conflict. (I even opposed us getting involved in Libya, though in the end that worked out far better than I would have expected.)
But, I think people need to remember that the moment you set up a no-fly zone, you’re no longer in control. And what I mean by that is you’ll have to have a reaction force nearby in case they shoot down one of our jets — or if one goes down due to mechanical failure.
And when you send in a reaction force, the chance for American casualties escalates greatly. And with casualties comes the demand for more troops and revenge, though we never call it “revenge.”
And let’s not forget this: Every time we get involved, we make other people mad when we don’t help them. (Not to mention we catch tons of terrible PR for “invading” another Muslim country — Do we really need to give al Jazeera more clips of our planes flying over a foreign land?)
So, please, ignore the sad scenes you see and the guilty feelings those in the media are trying to create. Yes, it’s terrible for the Syrian people, but they can handle fighting for their independence.
We, as a young set of weak American Colonies, fought one of the greatest armies in the world for years and years before we received serious foreign assistance. I think the Syrians can do the same, and I further think we want to avoid those living in Muslim lands seeing the sight of more Americans intervening in the Middle East, just months after we finished our exit from Iraq.
But what do you think? If you think I’m wrong, I’d love to hear your thoughts why. Unlike most, I’m actually the kind of person who listens to reasoned thoughts with an open mind.
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
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