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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Humanity's Red Line in the Sand

House Speaker John Boehner asserted that Syria had crossed the “red line” staked out by Obama last year – the use of chemical weapons on its own people.

This Red Line Was Drawn by Humanity in 1925:

The Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare, usually called the Geneva Protocol, is a treaty prohibiting the first use of chemical and biological weapons. It was signed at Geneva on 17 June 1925 and entered into force on 8 February 1928.  This protocol is humanity's line in the sand for evil doers, military leaders and dictators who would use chemical warfare for the purpose of inflicting genocide as a means of terrorizing people into intimidation and submission.

President Obama launched the threat of drawing a red line in the sand as a threat against Syrian use of poison gas to subdue civilians who are sympathetic with the country's rebels currently engaged in a civil war against the government.  This line has been crossed.
Over a thousand of innocent people were gassed by Al Assad in his relentless attack on Syrian rebels.  Al Assad didn't kill militants with Sarin gas.  In fact, he murdered children.

Now, of course, the media and Congress are asking what kind of retribution the "red line" requires to enforce the threat?

Although the international buzz is all about the "red line", the reality of the situation is the line of innocent bodies lined up on floors in makeshift morgues.  These lines of small bodies are now  a bloody trough. Something must be done to punish President Al Assad for committing this extraordinary act of genocide against his own people - or any other people.  

Al Assad's assault on civilians including children didn't only defy President Obama;  his evil arrogance has put him on a short list of evil people who have been doomed as a result of using similarly terror tactics.  This short list includes Al Assad with Adolf Hitler and the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.  

As for American national security, there's no question about the impact of letting an arrogant dictator have his way with crossing the "red line"of genocide, by any means.  Recall Pol Pot (mass assassination), Adolf Hitler (Holocaust), Saddam HusseinJoseph Stalin and Mao Zedong, to name a few.

Allowing Al Assad to violate the Geneva Accord and assaulting civilians also puts all military at risk during any conflicts.  

Obviously, an understandably war weary American public are horrified by the prospect of another Middle East military engagement.  But, if Al Assad gets away with genocide, because he violated the Geneva Accord, the consequences will horrify Americans even more than targeted actions needed to punish his evil deed.

Humanity drew a red line against the use of chemical weapons in 1925, and the enforcement of the Geneva Protocol must hold Al Assad accountable for his evil arrogance.

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