POLICING THE PLANET
Who determined the United States would be the police department for the rest of the world?
We're still the world's premier superpower with China right on our heels. We're also one of the youngest nations earth. We're only 216 years old if you define our age from the date of the introduction of the Constitution. For such a young country, why do we involve ourselves in conflicts that arise in other parts of the world?
Syria has been around since 2000 B.C. Damascus is one of the oldest cities in the world. The modern state of Syria came into being following the First WorldWar. Since then, Syria has gone through several political incarnations. The current civil war, which has been going on since 2011, has pitted rebel forces against the repressive regime of of Bashar al-Assad. Recently, al-Assad has used sarin gas against the opposition, killing an estimated one hundred and fifty people. The White House has declared that Syria has crossed a "red line" by using these chemical weapons.
Why does the United States feel the need to involve itself in the affairs of Syria, or aggressively draw a line in the sand? The present state of Syria is the result of thousands of years of cultural and political upheaval. Unfortunately, this legacy has now given rise to internal conflicts where rebel forces seek to take down the presidential government of Bashar al-Assad.
While Assad is a vicious dictator, we have to remember that Syria, as a result of its historical progression, has created its current predicament of violent conflict. Why then, do we feel it's our responsibility to intervene in this deadly mess? Why align ourselves with rebel forces without considering that these same forces may, if history is any indication, eventually turn on us despite our righteous motives?
Understand this. The Founding Fathers were dead set against this country involving itself in foreign conflicts or their wars. Our only constitutional obligation was to protect and secure the United States from any enemy seeking to destroy our sovereignty or do us harm. In other words, the Founders expected us to defend our borders and our way of life but not to intervene or engage in conflicts plaguing the rest of the world.
Obviously, as our history informs us, those elected to lead this nation have blatantly ignored this wise advice in order to insure that American business interests in other countries remain intact and profitable with no regard to the political fallout as a consequence of our actions.
Let some other country patrol the planet. There is no need for us to spend countless billions in taxpayer dollars screwing around in the internal affairs of the rest of the world, jeopardizing both our fiscal strength and our domestic well being as well.