What would U.S. gain from aiding war in Syria?

2013-06-19T00:00:00Z What would U.S. gain from aiding war in Syria? nwitimes.com

Here we go again! Sliding sidewise into war seems to be America's way of getting into a war that ends up with the U.S. paying the price in treasure and lives. Even worse, are we headed for perpetual war in the Middle East? What is the end game?

We condemn Syria for using chemical warfare against rebels. Who are the rebels? There have been 95,000 lives lost with no sign of the Bashar al-Assad regime stepping down.

Washington has no legal basis for waging war on Syria. We have not been attacked, nor is there an imminent threat to the United States. There is no U.N. resolution that can be stretched to provide cover, as there was in Libya.

It gets complicated as the editor of Russia's Global Affairs states, "if the West steps up arms deliveries to the rebels, our aid to Assad will be increased, too."

Can President Barack Obama end the long war, or will the violent overthrow of the Assad regime simply perpetuate its violent aftermath?

- John D. Wolf, Valparaiso

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