Post # 1
After watching president Obamas speech to the American people a few moments ago.. I’m interested in what peoples opinions are.
Preferably people who DON’T live in the US. I’m actually most curious about our Russians point of view.
Keep things nice! Just a discussion.
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Post # 4
@MrsPanda99: thanks! I think we need to mind our own business but at the same time I’m worried if no one does anything ..where does it stop? Whole thing is awful
Post # 5
@Laurenskii: It’s interesting that you said, “if no one does anything.” Why is it up to outside countries to do anything? I’m absolutely not trying to be rude, I’m just genuinely curious. Western countries are not the world’s police and other countries do not live with the same morals and values as we do. The US is incredibly hyprocritical – they do most of the things that they bomb the shit out of other countries for doing.
I don’t believe in solving violence with more violence especially when it is none of our business. Also, given the interests of Russia and China this could start another world war…and for what? To tell other countries that they are “bad” and have to live as we do or else? I know it isn’t a black and white issue, but there comes a point when the US should take care of its own problems first and stop throwing stones when they live in the biggest glass house I’ve ever seen 😛
Post # 6
There’s no easy answer. We can’t do nothing, but who wants to start a war? In a perfect world we could just send in some seals or green berets and pluck out that mad man. No matter what we do we’ll be criticized.
(I’m not Russian)
Post # 7
@MrsPanda99: I agree with you 100% im simply posing questions I’ve heard others ask. As our president just said, “do we want to live in a world where people are accepting this behavior?” I’m not saying the US needs to do something but SOMEONE needs to find a solution bc we can’t allow people to start this trend of terror. its all very saddening.
@adoc86: I know. I guess I’m very torn on what I believe is right at this point.
Post # 9
…I should go get some popcorn 🙂
I’m against war, that is all I have to say and yes, I’m Russian.
Post # 11
@dgplmr86: my place of mind is not “making an example out of anyone” but I’m truly concerned of the innocent people in Syria. The rest of the world wants to look the other way while innocent people are murdered..it’s sad. I’m scared to death of what will happen if the US steps in but I’m scared of what will happen if we don’t..idk obviously I’m very torn.
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
I’m generally against war and violence of any kind, but from what I’ve been reading, the major motivation behind the targeted attacks is to discourage use of chemical weapons around the world. The world (and by that, I mean the members of the UN GA) has assembled conventions and signed treaties banning the use of chemical weapons – which can be much deadlier to innocent bystanders than AK-47s and other weapons commonly used in war. So the argument goes, by sending a signal that the U.S. and its allies will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons for any reason, this will save more innocent lives in the long run.
I’m still trying to read about it and get caught up on the issues, but the Washington Post mentioned that the Clinton Administration carried out similar strikes on Iraq in the 90s when Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons against his own people. I was a little too young to know about what was going on then so I’d be curious to hear if older bees thought that that move was effective or not.
Post # 13
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Anthropology grad here. It’s not right for countries to get involved in domestic disputes occuring in other countries. Would the U.S. want/allow the same to happen if another country bombed us for executing criminals under the death penalty (which most of the civilied Western world opposes and finds to be cruel and barbaric)? I am a born and bred American and even I can see the hypocrisy.
Post # 14
I’m Russian (but live in the US)… also posted in another thread. The situation in Syria is extremely complex, and just reading headlines won’t get anyone far in understanding it.
I generally believe the US should not be in the business of being the world’s policeman.
Part of the problem with Syria would be, if we do bomb, who exactly are we helping? The rebel forces aren’t united, and some of the better funded ones are al qaeda. Plus, if this is really about stopping a dictator from using chemical weapons against his people, bombing will do nothing. You can’t destroy the supplies without affecting tons of collateral damage (in the form of more civilian casualties). Also, why did the US suddenly start caring? Assad has been mercilessly killing his citizens using “conventional” methods for at least 2 years. I think the figure is about 200K. So, we’re saying that’s okay? As long as you kill your people in a way we don’t think is too horrible, we’ll leave you alone? There needs to be some consistency. Unless the US just stays out, there’s always room for hypocracy.
If it’s about regime change, for it to last, it needs to be natural – ie not the US dictating who the next ruler should be. When the US interferes, it does not go smoothly (ex: the rest of the region).
One last point: there have been reports that the UK sold some chemical weapons to the region (maybe they’ve been debunked, I’m not sure). Is the US going to bomb London now? Could you even picture that happening? How can the US go around saying it’s okay to bomb those people for doing bad things, but not these people? It’s ridiculous.
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@Mrs. Wallaby: The US also used chemical weapons after the Geneva convention was signed. If that’s really the reason, the irony is astounding.
Post # 16
The US has no money to feed the homeless – many who are veterans. The Syria conflict has nothing to do with US national security. We should NOT be involved at all.