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Why Won't The US Give Weapons To Syrian Revolutionaries?

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 syriaJohn 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.

3 comments to Why Won't The US Give Weapons To Syrian Revolutionaries?

  • manning120

    “McCain says that he has no idea why Americans aren’t rushing to pour their money into the Syrian civil war.” “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.”

    Both these statements overlook the fact that the money that would be poured, or given, would go to arms manufacturers and the military establishment of the U.S., not to the combatants. We’re not going to send money. We don’t send money to Israel; we didn’t (don’t?) send it to Egypt. We send arms; we buy them with taxpayer money. Same thing for lots of countries.

    The American people rightly oppose getting involved. But to the extent the public’s opposition stems from the view that it would cost the U.S. money, the opposition is misplaced. It would cost the low and middle income taxpayers, for sure, but the taxpayers’ money would go to the wealthy in this country, not overseas.

    McCain is trying to benefit the 1%. Talking about the atrocities is just a way of obscuring the basic financial facts of the matter.

  • Bill

    McCain’s is the same tired old lazy thinking: throwing more bombs and bullets and rockets at almost any situation will fix it. We never seem to learn that this doesn’t actually work. We really need more photos of the devastation that is Iraq and Afghanistan on the “There I Fixed It” web site.

    Some here will know that I’m rather more of a supporter of a strong military than are most progressives, but my position just makes me all the more acutely aware of the old and insidious problem that “when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” When you have a rocket, everything looks like a target. It sure would be nice if elected officials like McCain would invest at least a little brainpower in thinking up alternatives to “diplomacy by other means.”

  • mr. eugene cummings

    mr.john s. mc cain [why don’t,t you give the Syria just your royalties you collect daily

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