YOUNG VOICES: Soldiers aren't pawns for politicians' crusades

2013-09-09T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: Soldiers aren't pawns for politicians' crusadesBy Raymond Anderson Jr. nwitimes.com
September 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Just over one week ago, President Barack Obama addressed our nation regarding the ongoing conflict in Syria. He urged us, and arguably the world, to support a strike against the Syrian government. That’s all fine and dandy, but when did this become our fight?

On Aug. 31, our president claimed Syria’s use of chemical weapons poses a threat to all the countries surrounding it, including our dear ally Israel, and ultimately our very own nation. How?

What could Syria do to any of those countries with us standing by their side, and declaring firmly: “If you mess with them, you mess with us”?

Further, does anyone seriously believe a country torn apart by civil war could magically mend its wounds overnight and turn to fight us or anyone else? It might sound harsh, but what threat do they pose while fighting amongst themselves? You know the answer: None!

If we do decide we have to neutralize their supposed threat, what are we going to do to make sure there are no more chemical weapons in Syria? Are we going to invade them, with no declaration of war, and search for these weapons? Do we even know for sure they have a considerable stash of them, or will we once again be searching the desert for weapons we’re not sure exist?

Obama also offered a second reason for our involvement: the Syrian government’s supposed attack represents an assault on human dignity and the fundamentals of international law.

Make no mistake, it is wrong to attack innocents for any reason, but why the sudden change of policy? When our creditor China started performing forced abortions, when did Obama, or anyone else in his administration, sound the alarm?

Forgive me for being skeptic, but any president coming to their senses and standing for what’s right after five years of holding office smells fishy to me.

I urge every person reading this to remember Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam and all the other countries we decided to “help” or “aid” when we had no business doing so (especially when we tied our own soldiers' hands behind their backs before sending them out).

I also urge readers to call our local congressmen, Pete Visclosky, and make sure he understands our soldiers are blessings from God because they protect our nation, not pawns for politicians to send on crusades to secure international law or make us feel good about ourselves!

Raymond Anderson, of Hammond, is a junior at the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology. The opinions are the writer's.

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