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September 14, 2013

World seems paralyzed over Syria

The Daily Star

---- — When the U.N.’s two independent labs finish their tests, there will be little doubt whether the sarin poison gas used in the recent attacks against civilians came from the Syrian regime’s stockpile of chemical weapons. There is a telltale signature that experts claim cannot be copied. But then what?

The legacy of our costly and deeply flawed interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan, not to mention the ongoing economic assault on the U.S. middle class, has shaken our confidence in government to the bone. Thank you, Bush 43! Thank you, Wall Street!

Now when we are in serious need of decisive and courageous leadership. not only the U.S. but the world itself seems paralyzed. Citizens are both weary and wary and our representatives are squirming in their boots, many now eager to lead from behind on this issue and opt for political advantage.

Unfortunately, we are living in a time when many chickens are coming home to roost. There are fewer and fewer “good” choices left, leaving only bad and worst ones. Had the world cared more about the many tens of thousands of innocent civilians being killed in Syria with conventional weapons before poison gas was ever used, surely there would have been better choices available.

The fact that “to bomb or not to bomb” seems the only question now being considered is evidence of failure; failure in public and foreign policy, failure in moral leadership and failure in communication.

To say something must be done; that the use of poison gas against innocent men, women and children must not go unanswered just begs the question: Why has the world allowed these weapons to exist in the first place? And when are we going to do something about it?

Procrastination in crisis management just creates more crisis!

Daniel Gomes