Syria. Writing about it feels like opening a can of worms, but the whole idea of this blog is to get things off my chest without pissing off people I know on Facebook and the like. So, on to my frustrated rant, which can be summed up as “get the damn issue straight”:
From what I understand the issue is not Assad vs rebels. The issue is should we issue a punitive strike aimed at Assad for using chemical weapons. It seems most of my Facebook feed is confused about this, 2 examples:
“I don’t understand how bombing the people of Syria is going to help them escape an evil dictator” (It won’t, and is not supposed to)
“If an alligator and crocodile were in a fight it wouldn’t matter which one you helped. No matter what you’d still have a 1000 pound monster that wants nothing more than to bite your face off. Ladies and gentleman(sic), I give you Syria.” (Aaaagh, not the issue. One could validly argue that punitive bombing of one side is by extension helping the other side, but I do not see many people going that deep.)
Another thing that the issue is not is should we as a country spend money on bombing Syria or on education/cleaning up our own cities/whatever domestic issue is important to you.
Foreign and domestic issues are inherently different.
In reference to Obama’s 2008 comment “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”. (Apples and oranges, IMO)
Historical situations can help instruct us, but it is rarely an exact comparison.
The number of people I have seen publicly wondering why we as a society were talking about Miley Cyrus instead of Syria is staggering. The thing I found really interesting was that in my Internet world I did not see anyone actually talking about Miley Cyrus, just bitching about people talking about it. (I have two issues with this. If it is such a problem for you, stop perpetuating it! Also, I watched the VMA clip since everyone told me I should not be distracted by it and I found some really interesting racial discussions worth having wrapped up in the whole debacle.)
It seems that there is more condescension and antagonism than actual discussion. If I see a link that is titled “morons” I will assume that the person posting said link has no interest in understanding or discussing the issue at hand, they want a circle jerk of agreement. If you actually want to ‘get information out there’ don’t be mean in the presentation.
I could keep going with examples of my frustration, but I think it is time to stop that section of the blog. I would like to point out that quotes and pics were all pulled off my Facebook feed from liberals and conservatives alike. I am an equal opportunity ranter.
In the interests of full disclosure I will put my view out there. Start with the fact that I consider myself extremely liberal. I was fully opposed to the Iraq war. Imagine my surprise to find myself in support of bombing Syria (specifically Assad). The way I see it is I do not want to live in a world where chemical and nuclear weapons are considered a viable alternative. Without repercussions for using them I think they will be used more. I thought it should go through the UN, but with political alliances that won’t really work. I will not claim to be totally educated on every facet of the issue. In fact, I would love to be more educated by having intelligent discussions, change my view! Instead I find myself so distracted by antagonism and strawman arguments that I am no longer focused on learning about the issue. Hopefully letting it all out here will ease that ranty part of brain and I can get back to actual thinking.
Or, I could just stop looking at Facebook.