Friday, September 6, 2013

Cry Wolf

I have no doubt if it weren't for our war weary souls, we wouldn't be so wishy-washy on Syria.  We were fooled into the Iraq War.  We trusted with whole hearts General Colin Powell, only to discover that he didn't report truthful intelligence which sent our men and women into Iraq.  We heard the three letters WMD over and over again.  It was a broken record and if you hear something enough, you start to believe.  It is the brilliance of the Republican machine.  As it turned out, it wasn't true.  So much of what we were told by our trusted leaders wasn't true.  Remember when President G.W. Bush told us that the war wouldn't cost us anything?  The war would be paid for by all the oil in Iraq?  Again, believed it and so quickly realized it wasn't true.  Again, disappointment.  It's been over ten years since we first invaded Iraq.  We are still extricating ourselves from there.  We are still in Afghanistan, which I will never understand.  Ever.  Did anyone read the history books?  How did it work for Russia?    

So, here we are.  Syria has used sarin gas on its own civilians, many children, the future of its country.  According to the Geneva Convention, chemical warfare is not allowed and severe retribution will happen for anyone who uses it.  BUT, we are tired of war.  We are tired of sending our military to help others.  We are tired of the cost.  We are tired, tired, tired.  President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry have done their best to lay down all the evidence and convince us that we must, must commit a military response to stop the chemical warfare.  They are not talking boots on the ground.  Air missiles to hit specific targets in Syria.  Sounds good, right?  It feels like deja vu.  It's a hard sell.  We've been down this path before.  We believe our leaders, but now our experience of the past is giving us a nagging doubt.  The voice inside is not sure what to do, whom to believe.  We are scarred.  If we hand't been through Iraq, I don't think we would've hesitated to react.  We would have responded quickly and concise.  Now?  Not so much.  It's a terrible position.  

I don't want to hear the talking heads use the term WMD's in this reporting.  Don't confuse the discussion.  We are talking about chemical warfare.  Talking about murdering one's own people. People in America mostly hang on sound bites.  Don't do the research.  We trust by nature.  Let's call it what it is: serin gas.  Unfortunately, this would have been the conflict to get involved in but now....Before we ever send our troops into a foreign country again, we will have to double check, triple check, quadruple check the facts.  Maybe that's not even enough. 

Sidebars:  Once again, the FDA is playing catch up on E-Cigarettes. They didn't see it coming.  They are behind the 8-ball.   E Cigs were invented for those smokers trying to quit and need a crutch.  Now it is over a billion dollar business.  Celebrity spokespeople are doing commercials.  My constant irritant, Jenny McCarthy, is one of the paid spokespersons.  She seems to jump on anything with gusto and little factual information.  I digress, but she bugs me and the fact that she's supporting ECigs....(Remember, she was the celebrity that rallied against childhood innoculations because it "causes" autism without scientific proof). So, the FDA now is looking into the safety of the electronic cigarettes.  Middle schoolers and high schoolers are now partaking.  It's a joke.  The FDA should be ashamed of themselves.  The warnings should have gone up first, not after the horse has left the barn.  It's tons of chemicals.  Could be harmful, could not, but shouldn't we know before it becomes a runaway moneymaker???

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