I am gravely concerned about the action that our country may take in response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Earlier this year, I read a newspaper report that Russia believed, as a result of the chemical analysis of the earlier attack, that the rebels had used gas in an attempt to provoke the US into joining the fight. They had reached this conclusion because the analysis showed that the chemicals used were of an inferior quality than what the Syrian’s have in their arsenal. I consider this to be a very real possibility. The rebels have much to gain by American involvement. There may be someone among the rebels who has the capability to manufacture and to use gas, and who could justify this action to their own satisfaction.
I am very concerned that military action on our part will have grave consequences for us. I am concerned that it is a cost that we cannot afford. I am concerned that we may find ourselves backing a group that we will later regret backing. I am concerned about what response Russia, and the Muslim community, will make to our involvement.
This is not our fight. It is a civil war. It does not involve us. Neither party is innocent. I believe that we should stay out of this conflict. I do not believe that we should be supporting either side in any way.