While our government’s decision to become militarily involved in Syria’s rebellion is all in the news and distracting everyone from our problems here at home, it is difficult to visit objectively about the topic. As it appears the momentum for such action might be tapering off, perhaps we can have a conversation about the underlying principles involved. In my estimation, there is one series of questions about such military action I have not heard anyone ask the President? (these would have also been relevant regarding Egypt and Libya and numerous other internal national conflicts we have initiated or supported)
The first and most important question to be asked, but which is avoided by the media, is:
If there were a revolt in America against our established government from many different American grassroots organizations as well as perhaps a few foreign funded military groups, replicating what is happening in Syria today, would our government use military force against American citizens to quell that attempted overthrow?
And I am going to assume the answer is “Yes” as no government rolls over and plays dead in the face of a rebellion.
Thus, the second question becomes vital to today’s discussion:
And if they felt compelled to use military force against American citizens to crush their rebellion, how would they then regard other nations choosing to take military action against our administration in support of the rebellion?
And if they did not regard the others’ actions as justified, which I am certain they wouldn’t, how would they then respond to those nations attacking our administration or other American government targets?
Jesus’ admonition to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” isn’t just a good rule for individuals, it is a golden rule for governments as well.
I don’t understand why our government feels justified in promoting and supporting rebellions in other countries both financially and with weapons, prompting the overthrow of other governments, and then responds with force against them if those governments seek to preserve themselves.
I don’t understand how Americans cannot see the glaring inconsistency of arming political dissidents to overthrow their governments in other parts of the world while seeking to disarm Americans to prevent exactly that same possibility.
I don’t understand why our government feels threatened by nations so small and poor we could remove them from the face of the earth in a single day if they picked a fight with us.
But even greater than these dilemmas:
I cannot comprehend why the American people elect and re-elect public officials who are habitually set upon involving us in unnecessary wars even when they campaign on exactly the opposite platform.
Jack was raised in a Christian home where he spent his youth preparing to preach God’s word. First published at thirteen, writing and speaking became Jack’s passions. Whether through newspaper columns, magazine articles, radio broadcasts or public speaking engagements, Jack continues to share his heart with his readers. His life’s motto: To Know God, and To Show Him To Others.