I don't usually write in this blog about anything that is considered a true "hot-button" issue. I avoid writing about such topics not because it may cause some friction, and not because I have no true opinions, but because it doesn't usually have too much to do with moms, parenting, or raising kids.
However, with everything that's been happening lately with Syria, Russia and China, I feel a need to speak out because what happens in the long-run could impact how I raise my kids and my children's future.
First off, dear Government (this means anyone "in charge" who is talking about our need to do something), you must surely realize by now that the majority of American people don't want another war. We are tired of war. No, we aren't stupid. We know that there are bad things happening in other places around the world. It makes us sad. It makes us feel for those who are in the Middle East. It makes us give our kids hugs a little more often and causes us to be grateful for the opportunity to raise our children in a safer place. It makes us open our hearts, our pocketbooks, our homes, our lives and more. We feel for them, we really do. But we are also scared for us.
The U.S. is a unique country built on unique standards and values. We are a country like no other. We can't go around policing everybody because they won't come up to our standards. Do you know what will happen if we do? Someone is going to slap us back into our place, and it will eventually be more than just a slap on the wrists. When you continually talk about war and threaten to intervene in the Middle East, you aren't being a hero, you are playing Russian Roulette with our country. As I said before, the People here aren't just worried and concerned for people in the Middle East, we are concerned for the People here. If we would happen to lose one of these battles before us, this could all go away. This unique, awesome, wonderfully free country - where we can love Jesus, where we can sing and dance, where our children can play in the yard without worrying about an attack or a military invasion, where we can choose where to live and work, where we can decide what to believe, where we can get on the internet to look up pretty much whatever we want - this could all go away if you make a bad move.
Don't get me wrong - it's great that you want to help. It's wonderful that we live in a country with morals and standards. But you are playing against an area where the people in charge don't exactly always go by the rules. Do you really want to gamble our country and get into the middle of the Middle East's business... again?
Let's review the possible problems, shall we? China will most likely get involved, and lets not forget that we owe them a lot of money. The U.S. is dangerously close to making Russia angry - a country that took us a long time to get on semi-friendly terms with - and they've obviously chosen sides as they are sending arms to our would-be targets in the Middle East. And now they've sent warships to meet up with our ships in the Mediterranean (lovely). Top that off with the fact that to save a few bucks, lots of corporations are now out-sourcing massive amounts of products and material. I may be "just a mom", but it seems to me that during a war it would be massively inconvenient to be counting on supplies that we can only get from overseas. Supplies that our enemies could target and destroy before they got to us.
We've spent enough of our time and money in the Middle East trying to make things "right", and mostly all we've done is stir up a hornet's nest. Look at all the chaos there now! We started that. We have spent enough resources trying to fix it and see it through to the end, but it isn't our business to end it. Can't it be enough that we got the ball rolling? Why can't we just quietly step back and let them sort things out for themselves?
"Because they crossed the line. They used chemical weapons." Le gasp! Not chemical weapons?! You mean like the chemical weapons that the U.S. used in the Vietnam War, aka Agent Orange? The same Agent Orange that fell onto lots of our own troops? The same Agent Orange that was sprayed over civilian and military personnel alike? (There goes the "civilian" excuse and the "their own people" excuse.) Or how about when the U.S. was behind Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war and Iraq used sarin gas on the Iranian troops four different times throughout the war? Wait - it gets better, the U.S. helped with satellite imagery to give the Iraqis the exact locations of the Iranian troops. (There goes the "unfair" excuse.) So why the big concern now? Why is it that we feel a terrible need to intervene at this point?
We get it. Chemical weapons are scary. No one is denying that part. We know. It's sad. And horrible. We really do get it. We see the disturbing pictures, we know that it's something to be concerned with and we know that help is necessary - when it's possible. But we also know that we don't want that kind of thing to come here, and most of us don't think that getting in the middle of someone else's civil war is going to prevent that type of thing from coming here, and I don't see a whole lot of people saying that our involvement would be for the greater good. As a matter of fact, if you Google around, it appears that most of us think that our involvement will only make the evils in this world get here faster. It can't be a good thing to make China and Russia angry, and the People of America are tired of war and military involvement. We know it's admirable to fight for those who can't fight for themselves, but we've been doing it for a long time, and like I said before, all we've managed to do is stir up the hornet's nest.
Do you remember a long time ago when the U.S. had its own civil war? There were some pretty horrible and disgusting things happening here back then, both sides played dirty from time to time, and people were slaughtered. If we were able to view our own civil war in the here and now, through our massive social media and vivid pictures and public outcry - we'd be just as disturbed. Do you remember all the countries that came in and helped us to sort out our mess? According to FindtheData.org, it was the United States of America, and the Confederacy of America. Not France, not the Middle East, not Canada or the U.K. or anywhere else. America vs. America. That's what a civil war is. And you're about to get in the middle of it, which will make others follow. That makes it a world war, not a civil war. And world wars are worse, in case you didn't know.
Plus, can you imagine if other countries had intervened in our civil war? Can you imagine if we had been occupied and had to put up with some other country policing and babysitting us and making sure that both sides played nicely for a while? What sort of making up is that? That's like a mother standing around to make sure that both of her kids get along. Sure, they'll get along while mom is in the room, but what about after she has to leave to go do the dishes or head off to work? Are they going to get along then? No. They won't. They'll go back to trying to destroy each other over who gets to watch TV first, or some other petty thing. I'm not saying that parents (and countries) shouldn't try to intervene when they can. I'm saying that intervening isn't a solution for long-term peace. Any parent worth their salt knows that in the long-run, the best lasting peace in the house is when the children come to terms between themselves. Mom can force them to share the TV remote now and again, but if they work out a system together and plan to stick to it, that is what is going to provide true peace in the family.
So why are we sticking our nose in? Uncle Sam, sit down and behave. You and your buddies are not the real life Justice League, and all you're doing is making messes that dear Ms. Liberty will have to babysit for years. You need to come home, take that towel off your shoulders (stop pretending it's a cape), and clean up your own house. After all, when you went outside to "save the world", you left your People with poverty problems, a battered housing market, escalating violence, difficulties with medical insurance, and educational issues. Here's a true mom-ism for you - it applies in the fullest sense, and you should heed it now: "Clean up this mess before you make a new one."
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