- Posted August 26, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Rarely an Upside Intervening in Domestic Battlezones
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
Tale after tale repeated how these men and women in blue would go to a home where a couple, married or living together, had become embroiled in a knock down, drag out fight. In too many cases the scenario was the same.
The officers responded in an attempt to bring some peace to the household and neighborhood. Trying to separate the warring parties and allow for a cooling off period was not easily done. Sometimes, it was the police who became the new "victims" of violence as both parties would turn their anger and frustration around into a defense of each other and directed at the heads (figuratively and literally) of the deputies or troopers who dared come "between me and my man."
Remember the old song about, "Lord, help the sister that comes between me and my mister..."? That's the situation often described by those in uniform attempting to maintain law and order when dealing with domestic disputes.
So is the situation which now faces the US of A. For a long time now many both in praise and in derision have referred to the American military as the "world's police". Calls are now filling the airwaves, the halls of Congress, the White House and the United Nations that the "world's police" intervene in the domestic battleground of Syria.
Any way you look at the situation there is no upside for America if it dares to step into this fight among neighbors and relatives in the tragic war that is tearing apart Syria. It is truly damned if we act and damned if we don't act.
From a humanitarian standpoint, we and others around the globe want to stop the carnage, which has escalated allegedly with the use of chemical weapons. Who is the perpetrator is not yet known. Angst and regret about not stoping the slaughter in Rwanda still plagues the memory of the Administration of President Bill Clinton sitting on the sidelines. The horrors of genocide are still alive in the political arena.
At the same time, others are even more mindful of the recent failings in both Iraq and ongoing in Afghanistan. While our initial action may have seemed the right thing to do, over a decade later the backlash is taking its toll as more American lives are lost on foreign soil. Winning the hearts and the minds of the people of those nations was and is an utter disaster.
How many times must we be burned before we learn that involving ourselves in internal, domestic disputes in sovereign countries will not turn out well?
How many American lives must be lost and how much fuel must we add to the fire of hatred than burns bright against our nation before politicians stop grandstanding and accept that intervention is not the answer?
Reminds me of brothers fighting. The brothers can be landing punches left and right, breaking furniture, wrecking the house, calling each other every foul name under the sun. But..let someone try and break up those brothers or take one side against the other and be prepared for both brothers to come out swinging at the foolhardy soul who dared to stick his or her nose into family business.
But we, the US of A, have been backed into corner by a "red line" unclearly defined, but one drawn last year by President Barack Obama. That line has yet to be clearly defined.
The President and those in the Administration continue to try and explain what the line is and where the limits are. Even today, the Administration is wrestling to figure out if the line has been crossed by either the Syrian regime or the rebels in using chemical warfare.
It's almost like we are back in the Clinton years trying to decipher what the meaning of the word, is, is.
Russia has drawn its own line. It will veto any option that would authorize intervention in Syria by the UN. Using its veto power, the Russians have blocked getting the world body's OK for the US to gather a coalition to intervene. If the US acts, even in concert with others, it will do so without world sanciton, thanks to Russia.
If the US does not act, it will send a message to every upstart dictator and pipsqueak country that the US doesn't mean what it says. America is all talk and no action will be the message that will ring loudly.
What to do?
What to do?
From the Cornfield, I do not want us to involve ourselves in yet another country's internal upheaval. Not that I don't feel for the innocents who are victims, but because there is no win, no upside for the nation I love.
We will once again be the bad guys. We will find ourselves hated even more than we already are by many, especially in the Muslim world.
That said, I believe, we must do something.
What I hope is that we make a quick strike, in, out and gone. Don't make the mistakes of yesteryear of outstaying our welcome or attempt to win the hearts and minds of people who will continue to burn with hatred against us.