Do You Oppose U.S. Intervention in the Middle East?

I am strongly opposed to U.S. military intervention in the Middle East.  I used to be an avid supporter of the “War on Terror” and of liberating people from evil dictators with the power of the U.S. military.

Donald Rumsfeld used to be chummy with Saddam Hussein at dinner parties.

Former defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, used to be chummy with Saddam Hussein at dinner parties.

But then I realized that U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East (and in most places) is built upon decades of deceit and hypocrisy.

For instance, I learned that in the 1980s, the Reagan administration provided funding, weapons and military intelligence to none other than Saddam Hussein (yep, the very same Saddam Hussein that we deposed and executed twenty years later).  In fact, recent de-classified CIA documents show that, not only did the U.S. government provide support to Saddam Hussein, but also aided him in helping target Iranian soldiers with chemical agents.

In other words, we’re against chemical warfare unless we want one dictator to use it against another.  Then, twenty years later, we topple the dictator we previously supported in the name of “democracy.”

But wait, aren’t we considering intervening in Syria because we’re concerned that they are using chemical agents?

There’s also the fact that our constant military meddling has resulted in many innocent civilians being killed or wounded.  The number of innocents killed by drone strikes under the Obama administration alone is astounding.

The joke of it all is that it’s a complete double standard for people like Barack Obama and John McCain, who support these sort of drone strikes.  If a foreign enemy were flying drones over our skies, shooting down innocents in our cities and towns, and then saying it was justified because, “Oh, we killed a terrorist,” we would be rightfully ticked off.

Newsflash: that’s how a lot of people in the Middle East feel about the U.S. these days.

But don’t worry, the next chapter is about to be written in Syria. More soldiers will get PTSD and have their lives ended or wrecked in another senseless intervention, more civilians will be killed, more radical terrorists will be aided by the U.S. government (since all we seem to do is fund dictators or terrorists over there).

And when anyone complains, we can count on hearing all of the arguments in favor of intervention boil down to one concept:

“Murica.”

As for me, I think I’ll Debate the State.

So what do you think?  Are you against U.S. military intervention in Syria and the Middle East in general?  Leave a comment below.

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