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Can’t we butt out, just this once?

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: The Middle East is about to erupt and the United States is contemplating (or by the time you read this has gone past contemplation) taking military action to once again solve the world’s problems. I have but one question:
Why?
Why is it always the United States that has to “lead the way” when these issues arise? Why is it always our resources, our troops and our money that has to fight everyone else’s battles? Why must we foist Democracy and our morals on a country, and region, for that matter, that doesn’t want either? Why is the U.S. the moral police? Why are we always trying to help a part of the world that, simply put, doesn’t want and probably cannot be helped?
I’m certainly not condoning Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons, if that is what really occurred. There is a massacre going on in Syria, and it’s tragic. I don’t think it’s our responsibility to right every wrong in the world, whether real or perceived. I’m also not sure why, after 100,000 Syrians have died at the hands of their own government, the U.S. is now deciding it needs to get involved. Is killing someone with a chemical weapon any worse than blowing someone up, which the Assad regime has been doing for the better part of three  years? Why is it always in the Middle East we become involved? I haven’t seen military intervention (nor do I want to see it) in the Congo or the Sudan, where civilians have been slaughtered for years.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: The Middle East is about to erupt and the United States is contemplating (or by the time you read this has gone past contemplation) taking military action to once again solve the world’s problems. I have but one question:

Why?

Why is it always the United States that has to “lead the way” when these issues arise? Why is it always our resources, our troops and our money that has to fight everyone else’s battles? Why must we foist Democracy and our morals on a country, and region, for that matter, that doesn’t want either? Why is the U.S. the moral police? Why are we always trying to help a part of the world that, simply put, doesn’t want and probably cannot be helped?

I’m certainly not condoning Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons, if that is what really occurred. There is a massacre going on in Syria, and it’s tragic. I don’t think it’s our responsibility to right every wrong in the world, whether real or perceived. I’m also not sure why, after 100,000 Syrians have died at the hands of their own government, the U.S. is now deciding it needs to get involved. Is killing someone with a chemical weapon any worse than blowing someone up, which the Assad regime has been doing for the better part of three  years? Why is it always in the Middle East we become involved? I haven’t seen military intervention (nor do I want to see it) in the Congo or the Sudan, where civilians have been slaughtered for years.

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