Do we have incontrovertible proof that Bashar Assad ordered chemical weapons be used on his own people? And if he did not, who did? (By Patrick J Buchanan)

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Today may be a crucial day for the World and for the US. As Otanien States are weighing war and how to bomb Syria without UN consultation and blank check – out law – each of us is faced with the obligation to come up with the Truth, only the Truth. Yesterday, I submitted myself to that and only that. In today’s maelstorm of comments and foreigner departments of State of nations involved in the Syrian conflict-  and they are so many of them – I have selected this op-ed by Patrick J Buchanan full of common sense and loyalty.

It goes like this :

Neither the Security Council nor Congress nor NATO nor the Arab League has authorized war on Syria.

Moreover, where is the evidence that WMDs were used and that it had to be Assad who ordered them? Such an attack makes no sense.

Do we not want to know the truth?

Lest we forget, Ronald Reagan was sold the same bill of goods the War Party is selling today — that we can intervene decisively in a Mideast civil war at little or no cost to ourselves.

Reagan listened and ordered our Marines into the middle of Lebanon’s civil war.

And he was there when they brought home the 241 dead from the Beirut barracks and our dead diplomats from the Beirut embassy.

The only thing we learn from history is that we do not learn from history. Congress should cut short its five-week vacation, come back, debate and decide by recorded vote whether Obama can take us into yet another Middle East war.

The questions to which Congress needs answers:

  • Do we have incontrovertible proof that Bashar Assad ordered chemical weapons be used on his own people? And if he did not, who did?
  • What kind of reprisals might we expect if we launch cruise missiles at Syria, which is allied with Hezbollah and Iran?
  • If we attack, and Syria or its allies attack U.S. military or diplomatic missions in the Middle East or here in the United States, are we prepared for the wider war we will have started?
  • Assuming Syria responds with a counterstrike, how far are we prepared to go up the escalator to regional war? If we intervene, are we prepared for the possible defeat of the side we have chosen, which would then be seen as a strategic defeat for the United States?

By the way how can the US call on Russia over the Snowden case for breaching international rules and norms and fail to abide to the same principles in return ?

 

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