Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
Also even just conducting flights over Syria is risking lives, you can't establish a no-fly zone without your own aircraft in the area. A missile may be able to blow up a building hundreds of miles away, but you'll never shoot down an aircraft from that far off.
Where do we intervene next?
etc...etc... All these places are in conflict/civil war..and some of them involve "a moderate and friendly government (that) is in power but has trouble fully controlling its territory" as you say.
Why not send troops/bomb all these places?
You really think we can stop human beings from fighting worldwide and peace and harmony will occur and everyone will get free lollypops and balloons and unicorn rides and suddenly see the error of their ways and thank us for showing them?
Are you above the age of 19?
No, seriously..Be realistic.
Meaningless, idealistic, unworkable platitudes.
Various factions in the ME have been fighting for 5000 years or more and leaders of various nations have intervened for 5000 years..nothing has changed and nothing will.
This S**t is none of our business and intervening won't solve a single thing...as history demonstrates again and again...and again.
We made the Middle East our business. Now we are stuck.
Its not about "showing them" is about removing them from power and replacing them with a friendlier more moderate government and putting an end to this conflict which is only growing more religious by the day and its fighters only more extreme in their views as it goes on.
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