The moral argument

“What kind of world will we live in if the United States of America sees a dictator brazenly violate international law with poison gas and we choose to look the other way? … Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong. But when, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act. That’s what makes America different. That’s what makes us exceptional.” -Barack Obama

This statement is pure hypocrisy, and it’s an insult to anyone with half a brain and any knowledge of history and world affairs. The outrage is not that a dictator has “brazenly” violated international law and killed people (adults and children alike); it’s that that dictator just doesn’t happen to be our friend and ally. If Assad were our friend and ally, we probably would “look the other way”. At the very least, we would not launch a war against his government… and yes, we would call it a “government”, not a “regime”. Mr. Obama is trying to make a moral argument, which he could do much better if history did not inconveniently and repeatedly get in his way.


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