At least you'd think so, judging by the punditry and the responses to maybe letting diplomacy work before we bomb the crap out of another country.
As always, please feel free to disagree.
But the level of rhetoric, on all sides, is making me dizzy.
I'll state my opinion, and leave it at that. We are s-l-o-w-l-y climbing out of the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression. We are still involved in a war in Afghanistan. We just got out of Iraq. We are cutting programs left and right that were designed to help the neediest. We're facing another battle over the budget. We cannot collectively agree on the color of an orange. We are up the proverbial creek.
I feel for the people of Syria, and Libya, and Egypt, and Israel, and Palestine. I hurt for everyone who is suffering, especially the refugees, particularly families who have lost everything, including loved ones. But we have a United Nations for a reason. So that one country cannot, and does not, become the World's Police. For the sake of the entire world, AND that one nation.
We are war-weary. There are so many dead, all across the world. So many who are alive, but broken. Physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally. All over the world. My husband works for the VA clinic, and he sees so much of it every day.
Call me naive (you'd hardly be the first), but I think we're at a point at which we HAVE to look beyond the usual, short-term solutions. Or else we are well and truly screwed. And we HAVE to get beyond the finger-pointing and partisan politics.
Basically, we have to grow the hell up!
People were killed in one of the most horrific ways possible. get the evidence, get it to the Hague, and charge those responsible with war crimes.
I'm not optimistic. We've gotten to the point we're winning the argument is more important than the welfare of the many. When it's more important to try and screw the other guy than it is to figure out a solution to extremely difficult, complex issues that have no easy answers.
1,000 years ago, Damascus was the jewel of the middle east. It was advanced, urbane, the equivalent of a modern-day New York, London, Madrid, etc. Which makes me wonder, where will WE be in a thousand years? Will we even still be here, or will we have blown ourselves off the face of the planet? If we ARE here, what, exactly, will we be?
We're arriving at a crossroads, I think. We can either follow the path to our own destruction, or do the hard work of trying to be better, rather than trying to prove ourselves right.
Sorry to get all political, again. But I had to get that off my chest.
We will return to our regularly-scheduled kvetching soon. :)