An Englishman Wants to Know If Syria Really Matters

US Forces attack Syria

by Neil Bamforth

Syria doesn’t matter. It should matter of course. Children being gassed, people being massacred by Assad’s regime supported by Russia. Syria is in big trouble but, ultimately and, perhaps, a little callously, it doesn’t really matter.

You see, back in 1939 humanity didn’t have the capacity to destroy the world.

Humanity could afford to go to war with the Nazis. Hundreds of thousands died but it was a just war against tyranny.

We can no longer afford to go to war as we could in 1939. Today, with Russia involved in Syria, such a war could clearly easily escalate to truly horrific proportions.

Yet our leaders, Trump, May and France’s Macron are seeming hell-bent on doing just that.

Why?

It is for political reasons. Morality isn’t in the mix.

If there was a moral argument then we’d be off to war in South Sudan or Somalia or Yemen to name but three.

All those three nations have innocents dying through civil war – and going in to sort it out would be risk-free to the countries doing so.

Well, not entirely risk-free, obviously, military personnel would be at risk but there would be zero chance of WWIII with nuclear weapons.

So, morality isn’t relevant in Syria. Therefore The USA, Britain, and France can only be taking such a huge risk for political reasons.

Russia is supporting Assad and we don’t like that because we don’t like Putin’s regime.

Dangerously pathetic.

The excuse that Assad has broken international law by using chemical weapons is flawed.

The United Nations should be going in not just three nations.

Of course, Russia keeps vetoing UN resolutions regarding Syria to protect the regime they are supporting.

So?

We are all put at serious risk because The UN is useless?

We are all put at risk because we don’t like Putin’s regime in Russia?

We could fight Gulf Wars I & II because there was no risk of worldwide nuclear consequences.

Britain could – and still could – kick Argentina out of The Falkland Islands for the same reason.

Removing Saddam and Gaddafi had no risk of nuclear conflict.

Syria has Russian backing. Bombing Syria puts the entire world at risk.

Yes, the Syrian regime is disgusting.

Yes, women and children have been massacred by the regime.

No, we mustn’t get involved – if The UN can’t then it can’t, but we mustn’t.

We must stay out of what isn’t our war.

We must live with the fact innocents will continue to die in Syria.

The alternative is to risk nuclear WWIII.

Mr. Spock said, in Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, ‘The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one’

In the case of Syria, ‘The needs of the entire world outweigh the needs of innocent Syrian children’.

It’s the world we made, God (or the deity of your choice) forgive us.

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15 Responses to An Englishman Wants to Know If Syria Really Matters

  1. Joe Hagstrom Reply

    April 15, 2018 at 8:42 am

    It’s about placation. A President orders some bombings that really make no difference but they’ve placated the hawks and the moralists that demand something be done to punish or rescue.
    I have no idea what in God’s name anyone, or nation or consortium of nations can do about Syria or Yemen or Somolia or anywhere there is brutal violence and hopelessness. You Brits and the French have been world players 5 times longer than The U.S. and even you guys don’t know what to do that would clean up the mess. Maybe we should bring back the Roman Empire and let the Italians handle it.

    • Holte Ender Reply

      April 15, 2018 at 10:10 am

      The Romans are taking care of it Joe, but these Romans are called Americans. Pax Romana has become Pax Americana. Send in the Legions. The parallels with Ancient Rome are uncanny, a superstate that thinks that a powerful military is the way to a lasting peace. History is a great teacher.

      • Neil Bamforth Reply

        April 16, 2018 at 5:10 am

        It is indeed…albeit it keeps repeating one way or another

  2. Bobbie Peel Reply

    April 15, 2018 at 10:45 am

    World military powers/arms dealers are involved in African conflicts. The poor folks live on $10 a month, but carry a $2000 assault rifle.

    • Neil Bamforth Reply

      April 16, 2018 at 5:11 am

      Always thought that was weird. Poor sods don’t seem to realise

  3. M Bates Reply

    April 15, 2018 at 10:51 am

    I agree with what you say Neil, stay out of Syria, let the Muslims kill each other.

    • Neil Bamforth Reply

      April 16, 2018 at 5:12 am

      It isn’t about Muslims it’s about people. Nobody deserves the treatment Syrians get but what to do?

  4. Joe Hagstrom Reply

    April 15, 2018 at 11:15 am

    We’re not quite as ruthless as the Romans were Holte. For a thousand years a Roman citizen could go anywhere in the empire in relative safety because the punishment for harming one was so severe. I guess this is the drawback because of mutual assured destruction with nuclear weapons. We can’t wipe out a city and crucify it’s inhabitants without consequences ourselves. As a republican, I miss the good old days.

  5. Holte Ender Reply

    April 15, 2018 at 11:32 am

    It must be tough being a world traveling Republican in this day and age. Unless you go to Hungary or Poland and perhaps Austria for your vacation

    • Neil Bamforth Reply

      April 16, 2018 at 5:13 am

      I didn’t know Poland had shifted right too…it’s worrying

  6. jess Reply

    April 15, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Of course it matters Neil, we all matter. These morons here, in office right now, are doing this to get other stuff off the news and only that. For dolt45 this is trying to be a distraction from his corruption and grifting. What makes this Syria thing worse, oh hey we do not like you, you are being bombed out by chemical weapons so we’ll go ahead and use regular old boom boom noise making ones, that will make it all better for you. All the refugees made because of this will have to stay where they are also, no one will help them as is obvious just with our country. 2016 11k refugees from Syria came here, 2017 approx 3k this year 11. We are over there bombing them into the stone age but will lend no hand to help afterwards. One more reason I am still refusing to pay my federal taxes this year**
    **I do not advise unless you can afford the fines, penalties and lawyer fees to fix it after the fact.

    • Neil Bamforth Reply

      April 16, 2018 at 5:14 am

      I know they matter but what can be done? Wish we knew. Risking nuclear conflict doesn’t seem helpful to me

  7. Cherries Reply

    April 15, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Who’s your mate M Bates Norman/Neil ?
    What a vile piece of 💩

    • jess Reply

      April 15, 2018 at 6:55 pm

      Shit is at least useful though Cherries.

    • Neil Bamforth Reply

      April 16, 2018 at 5:15 am

      No idea

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