I offer no apologies for what i'm about to say. Chemical, weapons have been a Red line since 8 February 1928 and augmented in 29 April 1997, what has changed in our society as a whole that we will stand idle as we watch this crisis unfold with its heinous acts against humanity? have we become this morally deft to even question this. This isn't just another vote, this is a test of our ethical code as a first world country. Whats most disheartening is the fact that we as a nation forgot what democracy cost and the price we paid to have a choice, freedom of speech, right to bear arms, and in this case the 8th amendment (if you dont know it, shame) the basic alienable rights. our forefathers understood the price they had to pay to get freedom, and they took it. now a nation willing to do the same to get freedom who has been fighting alone against a tyrant willing to gas his own people, we're going to turn them away because your tired of fighting for the wrong reasons. First off your not fighting a war, the men and women that VOLUNTEERED fight the war so you can sit at home and comment on what there fighting for doesn't matter, secondly WAKE UP THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME THAT WE WOULD BE FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHT REASON. If this isnt passed we have failed not only our allies in there time of need, the international community as a whole, but more importantly ourselves who we have no faith or trust in. Once upon a time we were considered the moral compass of the world, because we did act and protect our allies at times when we didnt have the power to do so, now we have that power to do so, and we wont even help in a limited strike? i dare us as a nation to strive to be that compass again, not because we can, but because those innocent Syrian children need it, the refugees need it, the fighters willing to stand up against a corrupt and immoral government need it, the International Community need it, more importantly we as the United States of America need it. All eyes are on us now, our allies are watching and waiting for us, best believe our enemies our watching us too. They all want to see if we are going to cower away from this heinous act against humanity because of selfish reasons, or do we remember what we as a nation stand up for, to do the right thing even if no one else will, simply because its the right thing to do....as a great man once stated "You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done."
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