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McCain raises prospect of military option in Syria

“US Senator John McCain raised the prospect Sunday of possible armed intervention to protect civilians in Syria where a crackdown on pro-democracy protests has killed more than 3,000 people.

“Now that military operations in Libya are ending, there will be renewed focus on what practical military operations might be considered to protect civilian lives in Syria,” McCain told a World Economic Forum meeting in Jordan…”

“…McCain charged that “dark forces in this region, especially in Iran, are working harder than ever to hijack the promise of what many are calling the Arab Spring. “These concerns are real and legitimate and merit our vigilance.” …” (http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.7a1f679ced5b40465c22d8e765ab2046.881&show_article=1)

No, Senator McCain, the United States of America does not need to be involved in yet another war.

Should we send aid and advisors? Maybe, but if Egypt and Libya are any indicators, the only thing we will accomplish is the eradication of one totalitarian regime in favor of another even more repressive and brutal Islamo-fascist theocracy.

We can look to Iraq, Afghanistan, and even Pakistan for additional evidence.

After liberating Iraq, we built schools and medical facilities. We fed hungry people. America’s presence offered the Iraqi people time, skilled workers, and necessary financial support to get their country up and running again. Yet, we have been summarily dismissed from the region by Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203911804576649353571129360.html?mod=googlenews_wsj).

Since 1948, America has sent nearly $480 billion in direct aid to Pakistan (http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/jul/11/us-aid-to-pakistan). For our troubles, Pakistan now has nuclear weapons, has allowed a number of Americans to be killed or detained, harbored bin Laden, and given sanctuary to many terrorist groups.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has declared that his nation will side with Pakistan against the United States (http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/10/23/karzai-says-afghanistan-would-back-pakistan-if-us-attacks/) despite the nearly $19 billion sent over the last 10 years to help stabilize their country (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/military/jan-june11/afghanistan1_06-08.html).

Thus, it appears that no amount of aid or assistance poured into Islamic nations by the United States makes any difference. One definition of insanity is to keep doing the same unsuccessful thing repeatedly yet expecting different results.

Brutality and oppression are the order of Islamic governments, and no amount of American intervention is going to change this reality.