They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Syria: Our war now

A proportionate response to the unleashing of chemical weapons in Syria by persons unknown is not bombarding the country with Tomahawk missiles on the hunch that the Syrian regime was reponsible. The BBC are speculating on Worldservice  radio that the response is likely to be a 'short sharp shock', designed to shift Assad from his current course.  It won't be just that. It's a blank cheque. Once 'we' engage militarily Bashar's downfall is a political necessity - because it will be our war and failure is not an option.  However 'success' in these circumstances  is a remote prospect given that the war makers themselves cannot define success, even if they could it will take much more than Kerry's moral compass and his outrage to bring it about - certainly if regime change is the undisclosed goal.  If the aim is to demonstrate that the US takes it red lines seriously, then perhaps that may be doable. As for the rest, expect bloody chaos. 
Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday that a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria was "absolutely abhorrent" and necessitated action from the international community with Britain considering a "proportionate response". Link