Syria is in chaos — roughly 100,000 lives have been lost in the 27-month gruesome civil war — but that’s not our problem, according to North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones.
The Syrian conflict is a complicated one, as both sides are guilty of severe human rights violations. That being said, men, women and children have been slaughtered at the command of President Bashar al-Assad, and any leader threatened by a little bit of free speech should not be a leader at all.
Jones, an anti-war Republican, does not believe United States intervention is warranted. He even goes so far as to threaten to impeach President Barack Obama if America gets too involved.
"If Congress sends one troop, if one of our troops goes to Syria and is killed, I will introduce articles of impeachment against the president," Jones said at a Capitol Hill news conference. He and a few other lawmakers are growing increasingly concerned about America’s involvement in the conflict, likely wary of the costs — both financial and in American lives — of getting tied up in another Middle Eastern conflict.
Their concern is not unwarranted, seeing as America is not exactly flourishing economically and no one wants to sacrifice American troops. But the Obama administration is not planning on declaring war on Assad, nor is it offering to jump into the front lines with the rebels. The Obama administration, rather, understands that a victory for the Syrian rebels — the underdogs in this fight who do not even have a central command — is step forward to a more accountable, more democratic and more stable Middle Eastern government, and the world could use a few more of those.