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Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the nation this afternoon to make the case for American intervention in Syria.

After dozens of videos hit the web last week that allegedly showed hundreds of victims of a chemical attack in a Damascus suburb, many wondered whether or not the U.S. would finally take an active role in stopping the Assad regime’s attack on its own citizens.

While many Americans have cautioned against entering into yet another military conflict in the Middle East, Sec. Kerry told reporters that war fatigue “does not absolve us of our responsibility” to act when crimes against humanity have been committed.

Making a case for intervention, Sec. Kerry explained:

Well, we know that the Assad regime has the largest chemical weapons programs in the entire Middle East. We know that the regime has used those weapons multiple times this year, and has used them on a smaller scale but still it has used them against its own people, including not very far from where last Wednesday’s attack happened.

We know that the regime was specifically determined to rid the Damascus suburbs of the opposition, and it was frustrated that it hadn’t succeeded in doing so.

We know that for three days before the attack, the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons personnel were on the ground in the area, making preparations.

And we know that the Syrian regime elements were told to prepare for the attack by putting on gas masks and taking precautions associated with chemical weapons.

We know that these were specific instructions.

We know where the rockets were launched from, and at what time. We know where they landed, and when. We know rockets came only from regime-controlled areas and went only to opposition-controlled or contested neighborhoods.

And we know, as does the world, that just 90 minutes later all hell broke loose in the social media. With our own eyes we have seen the thousands of reports from 11 separate sites in the Damascus suburbs. All of them show and report victims with breathing difficulties, people twitching with spasms, coughing, rapid heartbeats, foaming at the mouth, unconsciousness, and death. And we know it was ordinary Syrian citizens who reported all of these horrors.

After detailing American’s reason for intervening in Syria’s explosive civil war, Sec. Kerry attempted to assure the American people that our military’s involvement in the conflict would be limited.

Sec. Kerry explained:

President Obama will ensure that the United States of America makes our own decisions on our own timelines, based on our values and our interests. Now, we know that after a decade of conflict, the American people are tired of war. Believe me, I am, too.

But fatigue does not absolve us of our responsibility. Just longing for peace does not necessarily bring it about. And history would judge us all extraordinarily harshly if we turned a blind eye to a dictator’s wanton use of weapons of mass destruction against all warnings, against all common understanding of decency, these things we do know.

We also know that we have a president that does what he says that he will do. And he has said, very clearly, that whatever decision he makes in Syria it will bear no resemblance to Afghanistan, Iraq or even Libya. It will not involve any boots on the ground. It will not be open ended. And it will not assume responsibility for a civil war that is already well underway.

Although no timeline has been given for a strike and President Obama has said that he has yet to make a decision about how to proceed, a fifth warship was recently deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Sec. Kerry’s remarks seem to indicate that we will indeed be forging ahead into yet another military conflict in the Middle East.

What are you thoughts on our military taking a more active role in the Syrian conflict? Sound off! 

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  • diasporauk

    What is it that people can’t seem to grasp about the United States of America?

    America is a rogue nation that kills in pursuit of its strategic and commercial objectives.

    America has never done anything out of altruism.

    Never.

    This is not a mere matter of let’s stay out of this one because it has nothing to do with America.

    Yeh, it’s got nothing to do with your have no say ass or the other 299m of you. This is about the 1m that do count. The ones who profit from inflicting death and destruction on the world.

    America’s ruler DO NOT WANT TO STAY OUT OF IT.

    What is it you people don’t get?

    AMERICA IS NOT THE GOOD GUY, struggling to reconcile the moral dilemma of whether to go in and save people or stay out allow people to die.

    America started the shit.

    How would Americans like it if say a collection of dissident militia groups were hired and armed by a foreign power (FP) to wage war against the US government?

    If the American government has the support of most of the people would it not be right for the government to defend America against these people?

    Would you not want your government to crush these people?

    Say your government fights back and begins to gain the upper hand in the conflict against the rebels, and because of that, the FP decides to supply the rebels with chemical weapons to create a false flag attack that gives FP the excuse to go in.

    How would Americans feel if they now found themselves facing destruction by the same FP that hired the rebels to topple their government, on the fabricated charge that the (US) government had detonated chemical weapons against the rebels?

    You’d lose your effin minds.

    Black people of all people should know white supremacy’s lies, yet here you are drinking the kool aid as white supremacy embarks on yet another crusade of violence and death against people who just want to be left alone.

    Get out there stop their effin wars.

    Have YOUR say and MAKE it count.

    • Nakia

      Where do you, in the UK, get all of your oil and riches, diasporauk? Who fights your portion of these wars?

  • GeekMommaRants

    I really hate that the only way the US can kick start an economy is with a war. The Syrian people are beautiful brilliant and above all innocent. Syria has done nothing to the US, it’s interest or it’s people. WTF! Obama has got to stop this madness!!!

    • Kay05

      Not everyone in Syria is innocent.The Assad regime has killed its own people by using chemical weapons. The US plan is to use limited military strikes,not a full out boots on the ground. Let’s remember the real reason that so many Syrian people are suffering is because of the murderous dictator, not the United States of America!!

  • Leo

    Deja vu all over again! Whatever happened to diplomacy? I know what this country is capable of doing and it’s time for a “regime change” and since Assad is someone who was once an allied and is no more due to his power, it’s time for him to go.

    Once a war starts, the USA and their allies are going to kill more innocent people than this chemical attack ever did. The USA wants justification from the public in order to declare war, so they will create all kinds of propaganda.

    The motive and objective is always the control of a regions natural resources under the backing of Israel, Saudi Arabia and other powerful allied nations.

    Has no one ever realized that chaos and turmoil is being created in the non-American controlled Islamic regions to make them appear that they are unstable and incapable of true governance?

    War will continue to impoverish the American people, so now the real war will continue between the haves and the have not’s.

    The USA as a collective, turns a blind-eye to many of the inhumane atrocities that occur all over the world, especially those in Africa.

    President Obama is doing nothing but continuing the legacy set forth by the powers that be like every president before him.

    The risk of doing nothing only serves them when it will benefit Israel, the bankers and big business.

  • Eduardo

    “It will not be open ended.” John, the nation that starts a war doesn’t get to decide how long it lasts. We’re just lucky right now that Russia is taking a step back from Syria and is not providing them with lots of those fancy S-300 missiles (even though they said they would). Still, we don’t need another BS war.

  • StrangerDanger

    I’m really on the fence about all of this. . . On one hand there’s that whole “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing” sentiment. I empathize with the Syrians who have lost sons and daughters, and I feel like something should be done, but perhaps we’re not the ones to do it.

    The other part of me feels that this is completely arbitrary. Something like 80,000 to 100,000 people have been killed over the past two years in the Syrian War, and that was just fine and dandy with the US gov’t, but these last 1200 or so, well, that was an outrage because they died by gas instead of bullets or bombs. Dead is dead, no matter how you die. It all seems a bit staged.

    These uprisings in the Middle East seem to be a choice between either an absolute dictatorship enforced by military violence or something akin to a radical Islamic theocracy. No one’s happy with either solution. Egypt has shown that deposing a dictator, in and of itself, is not enough to create lasting peace and yet that’s our game plan. Not to mention the additional number of Syrians who will inevitably be killed in America’s quest to promote democracy.