By D.B. Hirsch
February 13, 2015 12:30 pm - NewsBehavingBadly.com
NIZIP, Turkey — Mohammad Na’us was one of the most respected men in al Bab. He was the undertaker who washed the bodies of the dead prior to burial, a pious Quranic scholar who issued the sundown call to prayer in the Syrian town near the Turkish border, and for the past year, a seller of…
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D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Mike February 13th, 2015 at 1:59 pm
Syrians protesting the death of their family members from a US air strike while they were being held in prison by ISIS probably don’t see the irony. Luckily most of us can.
arc99 February 13th, 2015 at 2:11 pm
This is precisely the problem I have with the President’s request for a new AUMF.
He has ruled out “boots on the ground” and I wholeheartedly agree. However that leaves only long range attacks by air or perhaps missiles launched from naval vessels. So-called collateral damage where some innocent soul happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time is unavoidable. Such incidents play right into the hands of the people we are fighting.
If some renegade group of outlaws had your uncle in prison and a foreign government bombed that prison killing your uncle, who would you be more inclined to hate?
Let Syria and its immediate neighbors like Jordan, Turkey, Iran and Iraq come up with a plan to fight this battle, then commit the financial and military resources to carry it out. The United States can certainly provide aid as necessary. I see nothing coming out of a US-led campaign of aerial bombardment other than creating new recruits for people who wish to do us harm.
Mike February 13th, 2015 at 5:02 pm
You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t…that’s the nature of trying to get involved in the Middle East. Always was, always will be. I’m not sure sitting by and watching 200k civilians die is or was an option. Boots on the ground didn’t lessen the situation in Iraq or Afghanistan, it actually made things worse. This is the very nature of war and why we should do everything in our power to make it a last resort.
We’re in it now, and whether it’s an air campaign or boots on the ground we should make it as painless as possible and that means paradoxically raising the level of violence to the extreme. Innocent people are going to die. I only wonder if we have the stomach to employ that kind of cold hard logic.
fancypants February 13th, 2015 at 9:30 pm
Iran has plans for the usa and its not what you think…
fahvel February 14th, 2015 at 1:37 am
I can see it now – after a bombing raids smoke has blown away, official body counters from the usa go in and count the good dead and the bad dead.
Looking Glass February 14th, 2015 at 1:31 pm
We are Navy….we do not Forget, we do not FORGIVE
cecilia February 14th, 2015 at 5:15 pm
I thought that was Anonymous ?
Looking Glass February 14th, 2015 at 1:47 pm
My only hero is Niel Armstrong…………BTW KISS my NAVY A$$