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SYRIA: Time has come to end the massacres

Letter by Otto S. Matsch, Tacoma on July 25, 2012 at 9:41 am with 14 Comments »
July 25, 2012 10:10 am

All Americans have been shocked, angered and saddened by the recent murders in Colorado. Twelve innocent people were murdered and scores more injured.

Now imagine your emotional condition if you lived in Syria, where the Assad regime has been murdering its own citizens at the rate of 1,000 people per month, sometimes hundreds in a single day. On a per capita basis, compared to America, the equivalent would be 450 per day, every day for 18 months.

In the 20th century, the Western countries stood by and did nothing as tyrannical regimes in Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union and Communist China murdered their own citizens by the millions. The excuse was that it was impolite to interfere in the internal affairs of another country. The result was war that killed millions and destroyed the lives of countless others.

How many more Syrian civilians will be murdered by the Assad regime before the so-called developed countries – the ones that pride themselves on being civilized, cultured and politically correct – can muster the fortitude to end the daily massacres?

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  1. igotdabombfool says:

    Well suit up, Otto. I’m sure nobody would complain if you donned some ACU’s and took the fight over there. Realistically though, America is tired of war and it’s time for other countries to step up and help police the world instead of just sitting back and making sanctions.

  2. menopaws says:

    Otto, are you willing to be one of the boots on the ground that goes into Syria to clean up yet another mess?? We don’t even have a clear idea of who the rebels are—some intelligence says it is Al Qaeda, or Hessobolah–both terrorist organizations. We supported the Taliban in their war against Russia in
    Afghanistan……that truly didn’t work out to be a smart move for this country. We need to use our military with more caution and respect in the future…….I believe where Syria is concerned it is time for the Middle East to police this problem. I feel badly for the Syrian civilians, but remember that WE killed over 100,000 innocent civilians in Iraq on that badly conceived “adventure”……….e have no business claiming high moral ground after that mistake, do we?

  3. Harry_Anslinger says:

    Although I applaud the effective use of ratio to make your point (450 Americans a day every day for 18 months), Syria is going to have to hope that other UN nations step up and deal with this. The Obama Administration knows it can’t step in and Romney isn’t going to even attempt to catch this hot potato. After a decade of massive US military involvement in 2 middle eastern countries and the human and financial costs more military intervention to assist a country most Americans know little about and probably aren’t nuanced enough to appreciate the civilian suffering is just not likely.

  4. Contact Russia or China to assist in Syria since they were the only countries to veto the UN in trying to help Syria. As with most countries in that region, to include Syria, they don’t think highly of the United States. America can’t be the world police; our 911 system has been curtailed due to cutbacks!

  5. Meno- can you back up the “we” and “100,000”?

    As one who spent years there, it is an insult to call it an adventure.

    You do bring up a good point. Who do we support? The rebels? The use of car bombs tells you who they are. If not directly, their motivation. We should learn from egypt.

  6. nvanputten says:

    I’m a 25 year old male living in Tacoma. Most of the comments here are criticizing the writer for not being in the military. To answer their queries of him, I personally would suit up and fight against the Syrian regime if America joined that battle and my Country needed my help. I believe that intervention to save tens or hundreds of thousands of lives is the right thing to do. But alas, international relations are not as simple as the patriotism of the citizens of the countries in question. US intervention in Syria would be ineffective because of the geopolitical nature of the battle (the rebels have no strongholds to protect) and the resistance of Russia- whose military has two battle ships and a troop of marines harbored in Syria. Risking escalation into a region war is not worth the cost, but this is not the argument being used by either the majority of the commentators here nor the US State Department or Department of Defense. Let’s get the facts straight before accusing each other of cowardliness or lack of patriotism.

  7. Nvanputten: become a Syrian citizen then you can fight with the rebels.

  8. took14theteam says:

    That was probably just Hill…..

  9. CT7
    Iraqi civilian deaths,

    adventure is a fine old euphemism for a risky foreign action especially one involving military intervention not of the butcher-n-bolt variety.

  10. LeePHill says:

    Meno- can you back up the “we” and “100,000″?
    As one who spent years there, it is an insult to call it an adventure.

    Take a course in vocabulary nuances.

    Can you back up that you “spent years” anywhere?

  11. LeePHill says:

    “took14theteam says:
    July 25, 2012 at 7:58 pm That was probably just Hill…..”


    Nope, I was at a concert. Find a new boogeyman.

  12. Let someone else play World Cop. Let’em all duke it out. Then when the dust settles we’ll deal with the one left standing.

  13. menopaws says:

    “Adventure” was sarcasm, people……….that’s why it was in quotes……

  14. menopaws says:

    Page A-16 of today’s TNT……Article about civilian contractor deaths in Iraq…….buried down in it is the 100,000 figure I gave on Iraq war deaths…………I read it in time months ago and then saw it was the figure released by the UN…….

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