War in Syria

Since 2011 America has supported the effort to remove the President of Syria.

On September 11, 2012, the famous attack on the American diplomatic compound at Benghazi happened. The U.S. Ambassador was killed along with three other men. A 2016 movie 13 Hours tells the story. There is some speculation that arms were being shipped by the CIA from Libya to Syria.

An Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against the Government of Syria to Respond to Use of Chemical Weapons introduced by Senator Harry Reid on September 6, 2013, never received a House or Senate floor vote. It is not clear to the writer that there is any Congressional authorization for the use of American forces in Syria.

America’s interest in the Syrian Civil War is unclear.

A February 10, 2016, article finds that 11.5% of the Syrian population has been killed or injured in the War in Syria. Fatalities a year and a half ago were estimated to be 470,000. The War in Syria is a significant factor in the European refugee crisis.

Recently, Martin was discussing the decimation since 2011 of the Syrian population and the voter suggested that yes, Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria, is indeed a monster. Interesting. The man may be a monster as the American government and the main stream media portray him. But the existence of monstrous world leaders is not the point. The point is that America is not constitutionally authorized to be the world’s policeman and America has no known interest in the War in Syria. America’s unauthorized participation in the war contributes to the death and destruction in Syria. The moral question American voters face is: “Should America be killing and maiming the Syrian people on such a grand (or any) scale?”

In the absence of a Congressional Declaration of War, Martin says: “No.”