I support U.S. action against Syria

Published 12:46 pm Saturday, September 7, 2013

Imagine that seven years from now life in America becomes unforgettably grim. Let’s say the climate takes a turn for the worse and crops fail on a horrific scale. Food shortages become commonplace, along with riots as people struggle to survive.

There are even loud calls for the nation’s leaders to step down and allow new ones to find or enact solutions. Not surprisingly, no one moves.

Further, to quell the fighting in one instance, military drones are called in against Americans, killing hundreds, if not thousands of people. If you lived in another part of the world, such as Perth, Australia or Bogata, Columbia, you might be fascinated by television and Internet coverage, but would you care? Perhaps not, especially if your belly remained full.

Then suppose the leader of your nation says that in spite of all diplomacy and negotiations, peaceful means aren’t working. The drone attack means it’s time to call in the big guns to prevent the U.S. government from continuing its abhorrent behavior.

Again, you might say, “So what? They’re not my problem.”

But the troubles of one country or two have a nasty way of spreading in spite of isolationism. World War I comes immediately to my mind and look what followed: World War II and a Holocaust.

With those events in my mind, I’m supporting President Barack Obama’s call for a limited military strike against Syria – more specifically against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his militant supporters.

For America to do nothing will foster more trouble. It would further show the world we – especially Congress – have no respect for the office of the president, and also later condemn us as a nation for not preventing further tragedy, particularly against children.

I don’t want that on my conscience. Do you?