Senator John McCain traveled to Syria recently. It’s a country that’s been suffering from a nasty civil war between a government that’s been accused of terrible atrocities and a collection of revolutionary groups that have also been accused of terrible atrocities.
It’s “unfair”, says Senator McCain. I suppose that, for the innocent bystanders who have been killed by the warring parties, it is exceptionally unfair. Yet, it’s not the innocent bystanders that Senator McCain wants to help.
Senator McCain wants the United States to enter the Syrian civil war, taking sides with the revolutionaries there. Senator McCain wants the USA, in a time when its federal budget is under austerity measures, to spend money in order to amplify the violence in Syria by sending even more weapons into the bloody war.
McCain says that he has no idea why Americans aren’t rushing to pour their money into the Syrian civil war. After shaking hands with the revolutionary fighters in Syria, McCain shook his head and said, “They do not understand why we won’t help them… This is a pretty bloody, bloody business that they’ve been in.”
John McCain doesn’t seem to understand that it’s precisely because the Syrian revolutionaries are in a bloody, bloody business that Americans are not eager to give them money and weapons. Many Americans, though McCain may not understand why, regard it as a problem, rather than as something praiseworthy, that the Syrian revolutionaries have taken it upon themselves to become involved in a bloody, bloody business.
McCain might also have used his time with the Syrian revolutionaries more productively if he had asked them, Why should Americans give you more weapons to fight with when you have already been accused of using chemical weapons, and have recorded videos of your leaders engaging in acts of cannibalism, eating parts of your enemies’ bodies? Why should the USA give you any support when the Syrian revolutionary groups refuse to participate in peace talks with the Syrian government?
The Syrian government is no friend of peace, liberty and human rights. However, it does not logically follow from that fact that providing weapons and money to the Syrian revolutionaries is a good idea. The enemy of an enemy of liberty is not necessarily a friend of liberty.