- Posted September 10, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Are chemical weapons a ‘red line’?
Obama Does Not Close the Sale on Syria
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
President Barack Obama spoke to the nation tonight to garner support for his position of punishing Syria for use of chemical weapons. The President came up short from where I sit.
Since 189 nations signed on to the ban on chemical weapons and less than a handful of countries want to punish Assad, doesn't this say the law is not the global norm when the vast majority do not support intervention in a civil war?
The ban is to prevent one nation using the gas on another nation.
While deplorable, I still do not see it is our moral obligation to interfere in a domestic dispute within another sovereign nation. If the gas were used against another country, the parameters would change. We would then be morally, ethically and legally bound to punish the perpetrator.
At this point we still have not seen proof beyond reasonable doubt that the Syrian regime and not the rebels committed the gassing.
But what, Mr. President, does a slap on the wrist really say to Assad?
How much pain will actually be felt by the regime?
Will Assad not hunker down and wait it out, then strike out in retaliation against his own people?
From the Cornfield, the President was not convincing. The President did not lay out justification to involve our nation in this venture to "punish" Assad.
No, Mr. President, you did not do what you intended. You did not close the sale.
I am not persuaded.