AWD’s post questioning why he (and, by extension, any of us) should give two sh*ts about Syria was met, of course, with no serious answer. We, as a people, have zero—zero—interest in diving into that mess.
And we’re not alone—by one poll, a whopping 91% of Americans are against intervention in Syria. (I guess we’re all Angry White Dudes now, huh?)
Yet…yet…tomorrow we shall commence intervening in a civil war between a thuggish dictatorship and al Qaeda-backed Muslim Brotherhood in a nation that has no obvious geopolitical importance.
Clearly, behind the scenes, the power brokers of the globe see some sort of geopolitical significance in this fight. What it is, I have no idea. (Israeli plot to marginalize Hezbollah? Saudi Arabian plot to expand Sunni influence? US plot to check Russian power grabs? None of the above? All of the above? Etc.)
So while the global elite continue to play their power games with US blood and treasure as their game pieces, I admit I’m done with being an empire. Being a superpower is fun and all, but it has relegated us little people to the cheap seats to be mere spectators of a game over which we have no control and even less vested interest. This extends all the way from general elections up to the very wars our nation fights.
We are meant to be a government of the people, by the people, and for the people—not a population of fat and happy cattle grazing on bread and circuses lorded over by a cosmopolitan cabal of power-hungry sociopaths who pilfer our money and send our children off to fight wars that only benefit our overlords.
The time for an “American Spring” is close at hand. Perhaps it will be an “American Fall”?