For much of late August the world held its breath, as it became increasingly obvious that Bashar Al-Assad’s crimes against his own people and humanity at large could not go unanswered. Tensions in the Middle East have eased noticeably in the last few days however, thanks not only to the iron-willed determination of President Obama and poker-faced savvy of John Kerry, but the thousands of highly skilled people at the Department of State who spend each and day working to make the world a safer place.
But while much of the world may have exhaled in relief as another seemingly-unavoidable war was averted, the grim reality is that action can, will and must be taken to remove Bashar al-Assad from power and protect the Syrian people from further atrocity. Diplomatic sleight-of-hand tricks and demagogic media bluster on the part of tyrants, dictators and those who would destabilize the entire world will soon be exposed for the shabby acts of legerdemain that they truly are.
When the world is forced to return its attention to Syria, the horrific necessity of intervention will become tragically apparent, as a merciless tyrant once again turns his wrath on innocent civillians. Footage of women and children twitching in agony as clouds of nerve gas billow down crowded city streets will not simply disappear from the collective memory.
The enemies of world peace would do well to remember that while our reluctance to engage in conflict unless absolutely necessary can be exploited for a time, the United States of America’s resolve to use force, as a last and final resort to set right injustice in the world is what makes this nation great, what makes it exceptional.