Syrian Crisis: Call for Common Sense or WW III ?

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      "Clearly something must be done.  Why not try common sense?

Darkening Skies

The world is waiting with abated breath for the next indicator, any indicator at all that might reveal whether  President Barack Obama and the United States of America  will up the ante in the Syrian crisis, ratchet up the tension more with additional warships, more rocket testing, or if he will  just arbitrarily  light a  fuse,  and bomb the crap out of Syria's President Bashar al Assad and his palace out of existence and  complete the destruction of Syria regardless of proposals or solutions offered.

President Assad, for the record, emphatically denies any use of chemical warfare upon his own people and blatantly  warns "any and all retaliation" if  the USA bombs Syrian targets.  How lovely.  "Let's all save face". Let's allow the mindless to create reality that results in real people dying. More people, that would be.  With an estimated 100,000 people having already died in the Syrian destruction.   "The US should expect every action". Right.

How encouraging. A red line and another red line, taunts and promises, sticks, stones, broken bones,  and how many red lines shall we cross?  Kind of reminds you of little 10-year-old brats at recess, doesn't it, daring other little brats to cross lines scuffled with sneakers in the sand of a playground.  This, however, is decidedly not play.  It is international posturing and war-mongering, not marbles....  Let's keep that in mind.

Will the ugly dogs of war  be once more unleashed, or will the world collectively  force encourage our 'so-called-leaders'  to  use some genuine intelligence in this crisis, and call for common sense?  That would be refreshing, and  a united, positive call for action based on international law and diplomacy in this specific crisis would undoubtedly  save  thousands --but even more worrisome, perhaps even millions of lives. Potentially, WW III  can happen.  "If it can happen it invariably does"  comes to mind.

Dealing with The Syrian Crisis is no longer merely  a "Game of Credibility"

There's a lot at stake. Let's all grow up now, children,  Barack, Bashar, and Vladimir,  and recognize WW III is a possibility if stubborn leaders allow their "egos" and "saving face"  and "credibility"  issues to be more important than humanity itself.  Make no mistake about it.  We don't much care whether individual politicians and leaders "lose credibility" or are embarrassed by their mistakes and ineptitude or not  if thousands, or  millions of people will be killed in the process,  do you?   

"Did Bashar do it? Of course..well, er, 

Whether or not Bad Boy Bashar  (B.B.B.) personally approved the use of chemical weapons  is debatable;  we, the ordinary people of the world have absolutely no way of confirming which pack of lies is "more true" than the next, isn't that  a conundrum?   Having trundled  the USA into  Iraq based upon a pack of lies isn't exactly the most encouraging precedent, is it, Mr. President?  The fact is, "credibility"  of the USA and it's war machine has been a problem for quite some time, so what else is new?  Worrying about 'credibility' ?   Such offerings of "unproven proof"  are  inexcusably poor reasons to bomb a desperately poor country and perhaps start WW III today--at any stretch of the imagination.

The Boy who Called Wolf  is Choking

The "boy who called wolf" comes to mind;  now, mind you, that foolish little boy didn't have pictures of victims of chemical warfare choking on foaming saliva in their death throes  sent out in social media either, --- ugly, very ugly images indeed have been offered as "truth".  If it is truth,  it is ugly and unacceptable.  The boy didn't have unprecedented collection of data on everyone on earth either, did  fine.  We agree. It is not the end of the story, but no, even IN this modern age, with the abundance of political liars, the big war industry and their  questionable agenda,  we have no way to validate those ugly and distressing pictures, so guessed it, no, it is not fine--or is it?  You decide We don't pretend to know.

One thing is for certain; now world opinion is clearly divided and at an impasse as the US congress, politicians, public and all  point point unsure, nervous  fingers and deny President Obama a clear message. ....but what else could the President really expect?  The wolf really IS at the door.   Perhaps the boy who called wolf really  is choking. This time.

Clearly concrete action must be taken.  Why not try common sense?

Russia Demands action but not logic

Russia's Vladimir Putin is now calling for Syria to surrender their chemical weapons to international supervision . Isn't that lovely?  Why does Syria need chemical weapons at all?  Afraid of who, Iran?  Iraq?  Tiny Jordan?  It's giant ally Russia?  Why is Vladimir Putin not demanding from his "Syrian allies" -- the surrender of  Bashar al Assad, instead,  complete with any and all of his generals, henchmen, and perpetrators or opposition involved in this heinous crime against humanity?

Sorry, Vladimir, with all due respect,  but since your unbelievable veto stopped the UN approval of cooperative military intervention,  we must ask why  your great "power" is not being used --as an ally of Syria-- to simply arrest the criminals in Syria?  Why have you, as a major Syrian ally, not made any attempt to  haul them  off to an international court, and have them  tried for their inconceivably ugly actions against their own people--regardless who they are?

If Bashar al Assad and his people are  innocent of these allegations as he shouts loudly,   why has he not arrested and turned over the REAL perpetrators to international justice?   We ask our readers to think for themselves. Contradictions become apparent immediately.

Does Bashar naively "not know" who is responsible?   As the well-informed and powerful President of Syria, if he does not know who is responsible for use of Syria's weapons of mass destruction--which he is personally responsible for,  he's incompetent.  Is Bashar merely a puppet head of state?

The fact is, If  B.B.B  (Bad Boy Bashar)  does know who is responsible, he is either a) responsible himself,  an arrogant,  mindless, brutal  leader without ethics,   and/or  b)  --he is conspiring  with the guilty to protect the perpetrators  "guilty with his approval or not".   you cannot have it both ways, so which is it? Regardless, Bashar is responsible.

So, which will it be, Common Sense or WW III?

We suggest to all world "leaders" combined,  if there's ever been a time to use "common sense" and use it collectively and sincerely,   it would be now. Does anyone really believe that more chemical warfare, death and mutually-assured destruction is the final solution?

We suspect everyone wishes to be part of the greatest revolution in civilization ever;   forget  collective egos, 'credibility', and power mongering. We all wish to do what is RIGHT for a change; we want to  contribute to some common sense to solve the Syrian Crisis. --and how about now, not "later' at everyone's convenience?

Here at Incoming Bytes we hypothesize it would be inherently brilliant --and in fact, it would be genuine progress in civilization itself -- to gainfully use the power of  big political machines world-wide --and the wealth of the globe united, to precipitate a unique, diplomatic international demand for the arrest of all persons responsible for the use of chemical weapons----whoever they may be--and bring them to international justice at a representative world court.

Sadly, we do not hold our breath, for if mistakes of the past are any lesson, they appear to remain unlearned. We can, however, hope for a universal  call for common sense even if it does not materialize  for another century and  the dust settles from WW III.

Surprisingly, Russia  suddenly  proposed the  placing of  Syria's chemical weapons cache  under international supervision for eventual destruction.     Why so suddenly? To buy time?  To deceive?  Collusion?   To avoid getting found out, accounting for chemical weapons already used? Any and all of the above?   What do you think?

We laud any solution and  movement in the right direction.

Better late than never.

Is that Incoming I hear?


About Raymond Alexander Kukkee

A published author and freelance writing professional, Raymond lives and writes in Northwestern Ontario.
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10 Responses to Syrian Crisis: Call for Common Sense or WW III ?

  1. Mike W says:

    These people hate us. Can’t stand us. They are killing each other left and right in horrible ways. Beheading children, torturing and raping women, using weapons of mass destruction that kill only after inflicting the worst kind of suffering. Some days I feel like – kill em all, let God sort em out. But then I remember I’m not supposed to be the judge. But then they come here and drive jets into our buildings and kill thousands. And why – to make a statement. To inflict terror. To celebrate our horror. On the eve of the 9/11 anniversary, I wonder. Maybe it is indeed time for WWIII and all horror it will bring. Perhaps it’s time we stood together again and took our enemies to the brink of annihilation. Maybe it’s time to turn all that sand into glass with skeletons x-rayed onto it. Common sense and decency tells me no, it’s not that time. Not yet. But my gut and my heart tell me that unless we do something, these despicable cowards will continue to rape and torture and terrorize not just their own, but everyone else.

    The worst is yet to come, and if Obama uses this as an excuse to distract from the issues he faces, then the worst will be even worse. The world is in a dark place and it’s only going to get darker. I wonder. Is now the time, or later? It’s coming, either way.

    Sorry Ray.


    • MJ , I understand. Fact is, I could not agree more, you are definitely not alone with your frustration, anger –or outlook.
      Personally, I “optimistically” wish for, –and write for hope and solutions that are reasonable, — I do wish common sense would surface universally– even though I do KNOW it’s very unlikely to happen, –and ordinary individuals like us will have absolutely no say in the matter.
      Yes, this is a very, very dark time–there is little doubt the worst IS yet to come, —and if not on this crisis, the next one. How about Iran’s sworn destruction of Israel, –and N. Korea’s nukes?
      Universally, aggression, lunatic terrorism, and hate emanating from tribal, archaic, bitter cultures is extremely difficult to understand, –virtually impossible for the western mind to comprehend, –much less justify or accept.

      Fanaticism and lunacy knows no boundaries–and to these people, tribal retribution, genocidal murder, mayhem, rape, honor-killings, beheading, mass atrocities –are all ‘normal’. To the fanatics, all life is worthless. To their societies, children and women are worthless collateral damage. From our viewpoint and western upbringing, it is totally foreign, unbelievably horrible, inexcusable, and frankly it looks like they suffer from devolution, worms in their hot-headed brains or collective insanity at best. Their willful self-annihilation is incomprehensible.

      Most North Americans, myself included, like you, have experienced justifiable rage at the unbelievable atrocities committed over and over again, and –no kidding— like you, — I, too, after 9/11 — darkly wondered if total destruction of these ugly cultures, these evil, so-called “people” that act worse than animals is the only answer.

      The root of frustration really lies in the eternal ‘optimism’ and learned civility of the western mind –by default, our societal conditioning, we try to use humanity, civility, logic and common sense as rationale. Fact is, in dealing with these people, there is no rationale, no logic they accept.

      To ordinary people like us, in general, mayhem, terrorism, murder and destruction should be unnecessary,—- just as in those archaic minds, their teachings of tribal retribution, genocide, suicide bombers, beheading, fanaticism, terrorism and fear of the modern world are all happy necessities; self-sacrifice gets you a ticket to 72 virgins, so let’s all kill the infidels or die trying,…. etc.etc..

      Therein lies the problem.
      As a result, they collectively hate every other culture and religion–and prove it with new atrocities every day.
      Sadly, mindless barbaric terrorism is perceived to be the single modern benchmark of their culture & religion, rightfully or not.

      What we ourselves do about Syrian use of chemical weapons — is a benchmark of our own civilization. and, yes, an expression of our own will to survive.
      Bottom line? You’re probably right. Perhaps in the long run, or maybe even in the short term, it really does become them or us. Assad promises retaliation; but violence and war is all they understand.
      Maybe it is time, but the nagging question persists; would more death and mayhem, even pushing the button and turning the middle east into a glass parking lot –make us any better than them? Perhaps in reality we must become the barbarians. Then will they collectively laugh, –having been successful at converting us to barbarianism?

      That’s part of the human conundrum isn’t it? I’m guessing we’ll be finding out sooner than later, like it or not.
      Btw, MJ, no ‘sorry’ is necessary, there’s nothing to be sorry about. The whole world is edgy, and questioning. Thank you much for your comments. The discussion continues. ~R

  2. Unfortunately, common sense went out the window so long ago… Your notion of the boy who called wolf choking really is so true… another unfortunate and truly ugly fact. I don’t believe chemical warfare is ever necessity and all of this ‘saving face’ needs to be prioritized. Let’s concentrate on the what really matters: there are people starving and being abused every moment of every day, people. Why add chemical weapons into the mix? The boy who called wolf needs to dial a new phone number.

    • Well said, Christyb. Common sense seems to have evaporated a long time ago, but being optimists, we can’t help expressing some wishful thinking based on humanitarian grounds, can we? One thing is for sure, IF we willingly give up the last shred of hope for decency and peace, –we don’t have to worry about fighting wars of ideology– we are beaten already. “Saving face” would be the least of our problems. Thank you for commenting, Christyb.

  3. buddhakat says:

    Powerful, Raymond. I do not even begin to understand or know what is right and needed here. If I believed in God I would pray. Prayer is not in my vocabulary. Will I get up and do what is required of me? Who is to say what is required of me? Who can make a difference at the table, here? Should we be silent, wait and see? Is there time for that? I doubt it. The time for that has LONG passed. I am angry at my impotence. I shake my fist at who?… what? At the truth that I have no say in what is to come? That is the scariest thing I can think of, right now. And it’s here.
    Thank you for encouraging rage. I think.

    • Thank you for commenting, Janet.
      In life, right and wrong is a collection of relative values to some, black and white to others, –and perhaps the slightest comment can make a huge difference in outcome,– just as the smallest detail in formula substantially alters the outcome of fractal art .
      This horrific international stalemate is clearly beyond the control of the common individual, but IMHO, should we remain silent? Are we obligated to remain silent? I think not. Silence suggests approval or apathy–neither of which is acceptable in a civilized society.
      Surely total destruction, more death, more refugees, more fear and more profit for war machines are not ideal answers –even though ideological anger, fear, and frustration encourages and both actions and consequences.
      I don’t pretend to know if anyone can make an easily defined difference, and sadly, burning our minds with ‘rage’ is not likely to achieve the quantum changes needed.
      Is the status quo acceptable? No. I have always said “the declaration of war is the ultimate admission of human failure to reason”. That being said, some evil-driven ‘human beings’ using the guise of ideology to drive fanatic agendas cannot be reasoned with, –so little choice appears to remain, no matter what ‘we the world citizens’ think or say. Yes, that realization is indeed a distressing prospect isn’t it? Thanks again for commenting, Janet. ~R

  4. I was brought here by Christy via Twitter. She shared your article with me. I’m not exactly sure why. However, as I read through the beginning, I realized it might not be of value to leave a comment. I wasn’t even half way done reading it and found myself hard pressed to read further. The entire issue with Syria isn’t a US problem, yet Obama is making it one, for some treasonous reason. The sheep who believe Obama and every other governmental agency, with regards to Syria are uninformed.

    Now, how informed you are about this situation will stem from what knowledge you’ve gained with past dealings of the US gov and political foreign affairs. Like for example: the CIA is the agency that created Al-Qaeda to begin with. It was a specific group of operatives from the US and other Major nations. In a simple covert task of hassling any and all enemies of said countries.

    Now, Gov wants the general public to approve a strike on Syria’s Assad, arming of freedom fighters/rebels(Al-Qaeda groups and factions), who were the ones who screwed up a chemical weapon and it went off. Talented, yet Obama uses to attempt to rip Syria’s Assad out of office. It sounds like the White House and the CIA are on the same page it appears. If they put troops in Syria, those troops will be fighting along side Al-Qaeda groups and factions. Since, when does the US government saddle up along side, known terrorists groups and factions, IF the official story of 9/11 is true?

    What the people of America should be asking is- who is pulling Obama’s strings?

    • @Ray Choiniere, welcome to IncomingBytes. Yes, that certainly would be a leading question worthy of an answer: “-who is pulling Obama’s strings?” We certainly agree, the Syrian problem is not an American problem, but, as many times in the past, somehow world events magically ‘become’ an American problem. Why? It’s always “made” to be an American problem to set the stage for the hidden agenda. Operatives everywhere. Manipulation of tin-pot dictatorships and unstable governments…opportunism,…Oil..”American interests”. .. you name it.
      Problem is, the covert actions of the past have been backfiring regularly, –and Al-Quaeda is a perfect example.
      The whole point is, yes, there are ‘sheep that believe’, but many Americans rightly now question if any of the government agencies offer believable or reliable information. The world has little faith in the red herring ‘public’ ‘agenda’. Little wonder there is no support.
      I’m not convinced anyone can presume to know who “accidentally or otherwise” used chemical weapons to create international fervour, precipitate a regime change in Syria,–or what– but if history is any lesson, nothing should surprise.
      US boots potentially fighting alongside Al-Quaeda? Deception results in strange bedfellows at times, does it not? Just retribution? Maybe it’s bad Karma. Thanks for dropping in and commenting. ~R

  5. First Raymond, what another lovely site you have here at Incoming..
    Second, I couldn’t agree with you more on the ‘Common Sense’ .. And totally agreed with your statement of ” We the ordinary people have no way of knowing the TRUTH ,..” and I think they would ALL be hard pressed to pick through all the Lies they have told and find the Real Truth of anything they allow us mere mortals to know..

    Glad you directed me here 🙂 Sue

    • Hi Sue Dreamwalker, it’s good to see you again! Welcome to , I’m glad you found us. Yes, the web of lies grows endlessly bigger–and more complex and problematic as time goes on. It seems we bite our own tails at times.
      We the people have likely heard very little actual truth that can be genuinely relied upon to make logical decisions, so when times become even more difficult, –what shall be the basis of the choices we make? Thank you for commenting “:) ~R

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