It’s official now. The peace loving state senator, who thought the nation was wrong raging war in Iraq 12 years ago, started a war with Syria Sept. 22. The U.S. goal, we are told, is to eliminate “bad” Islamic militants. President Obama said “over 40 countries” have agreed to help. Are thy providing infantry? What exactly is help?
As if life was so simple. Weren’t the Taliban good Islamic militants when the United States funded their war against Russia in Afghanistan in the 1980s?
“U.S. forces and Arab allies,” Voice of America said, “hit dozens of targets in Syria early Tuesday, pounding Islamic State militant sites with war planes, remote drones and ship-launched cruise missiles… U.S. forces have previously hit Islamic State targets in Iraq, where Washington supports the government, but had held back from a military engagement in Syria, where the United States opposes President Bashar al-Assad.”
Most experts, not paid by the U.S. government, say the attack was largely American. France made an earlier attack on militants, and Israel destroyed a Syrian plane flying over the Golan Heights Tuesday.
As U.S. weapons fell on Syria, without the permission of the Syrian government, the United States put itself in violation of the 1945 United Nations Charter. “All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State.”
Syria said that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told the Damascus government, hours before the airstrikes took place. However, Damascus, which had said any airstrikes on Syria must have its approval, did not approve the attacks.
The president’s goal seems to be support for “moderate” Syrian opposition militias. Syria is in a civil war. U.S. Arab “allies” support “bad” fighters like ISIS. NATO-ally Turkey supports ISIS. Instead of declaring war on Syria and bullying Iran, the Obama administration should be working with these nations against ISIS and its allies. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. They and Iraq are the only Muslim countries who profit from eliminating out ISIS.
Speaking of profits, the stock market has the military-industrial complex winning with these perpetual wars. Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman each hit records Sept. 19. The four stocks are up about 10 percent since the beginning of August, compared to a 4 percent gain for the S&P 500. Given what’s going on in the Middle East, it seems that investors are betting on a boost to military spending to deal with ISIS.