04/08/2017

Six Reasons Why We Shouldn’t Have Bombed Syria

Ben Stein, The American Spectator

I used to have a best friend, recently in his eighties. I’m not allowed to talk to him any longer because I voted for Trump. That’s the law from his wife. Anyway, just before I was cut off, I asked this great man if he could summarize all the wisdom of his life in one sentence. He looked at me with a smile and said, “Peace is good.”

With that, a few words about Mr. Trump’s getting us into the war in Syria in a big way:

First of all, the happiest people on the planet right now must be the leaders of Islamic State. Just as they were being squeezed east and west by Syria and Russia on one end and Iraq and the U.S. on the other, we land a haymaker on the Syrians and basically take their air force out of the picture.

Now, obviously, Bashar Assad is very bad guy and deserves punishment. But isn’t there a way to punish him that doesn’t directly benefit the worst terrorists on earth, Islamic State?

Closely related, we have no idea of who the people fighting in Syria are. It’s not like we were sending aid to Winston Churchill’s Britain against Hitler. Some of the people fighting against Assad are Hitler. Some aren’t, but how can Mr. Trump tell from Mar-A-Lago who we are helping and who are maybe even worse than Assad?

Third, yes, it is horrible that civilians were killed in a gas attack by Assad. Just terrible. But how is it different from them being killed by high explosives or bullets? Why is there such a huge difference?

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