The last time the United States involved itself in a Middle Eastern conflict over the alleged existence of weapons of mass destruction, the consequences were dire. The war in Iraq cost us the lives of countless American soldiers, required trillions of dollars of taxpayer money, and enabled ISIS to rise out of the power vacuum that was created.
It seems, though, that lesson was well-learned, as we are now on the verge of entering into yet another pointless Middle Eastern war. This time, with the target regime being a Russian proxy state, the stakes are higher than ever.
Acting on intelligence that showed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used banned chemical weapons to strike Syrian rebels, killing dozens of civilians in the process, the U.S. along with France and the United Kingdom launched a series of missile strikes at key targets in the country, drawing fierce condemnation from Syria’s powerful ally – Russia. More than anything, the strikes were meant to send a message to Assad about the consequences of using chemical weapons. However, one has to question whether this message will be worth its potentially dire cost.
Sinking ourselves down into another Middle Eastern war in which there will almost certainly be no clear victors is bad enough. Potentially starting a war with a nuclear superpower such as Russia is infinitely worse. Going forward, it is imperative that the Trump administration carefully weigh these consequences when considering what role we should have in policing the actions of foreign governments.
To see Paul Joseph Watson break down the possibility that we are heading for another pointless Middle Eastern war, be sure to check out the video below.
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