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Published: Monday, September 9, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Cowardly nations should speak up

America is understandably divided over the possibility of American involvement in Syria and maybe we are finally learning that as long as we step up others will step down. Well, Syria's Assad has crossed the line. The use of chemical weapons is a violation of international norms. The whole planet has condemned the use of weapons of mass destruction. Until it happens. China hides behind its wallet. The Russians worry that Syria may quit buying weapons from them. The EU says "now wait just a minute, let's not do anything hasty here." Various others worry that striking Assad for his use of chemical weapons might spread the war. Can you believe it? Virtually the whole Middle East and part of Africa is busy trying to kill one another and they are worried about the war spreading. What it all amounts to is nobody is willing to "walk their talk."
Except Obama, and then even members of his own party who voted to go to war with Iraq have lost their spine. And except for the old warrior, John McCain, Republicans only find theirs when think that they can make Obama look bad. No, bombing Assad's military won't stop the war and it's probably not in our best interest to do so, but when do we get interested in stopping the murders of hundreds of children by a brutal ruler? When is it in our best interest to stop the use of poison gas, or how about a nuclear bomb? When will the best interest of the rest of the planet include stopping war? Where are you China? Where are you Russia? When do you join the human race?
It would be nice if we could just withdraw to this side of the oceans and say to the rest of them, fix your own damn problems and don't come whining to us when the going gets rough. Nice, but not possible anymore. It's just too small planet now.
Don Curtis
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