The last three full-fledged wars America has waged have all taken place in the Middle East.
The first Gulf War against Iraq was waged to remove Iraqi forces from Kuwait which they had up and decided to invade.
The second war was in Afghanistan following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The third war was also against Iraq although it is still unclear what the purpose of that war was. Initially it was because the Bush Administration said that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, had ties to Al Qaeda and was a direct threat to the United States…but once we invaded Iraq and realized that there was no tie to Al Qaeda and they didn’t have WMDs our motives changed to a war waged to rid this country of a brutal dictator.
Now, 100,000 people have been killed in Syria including more than 1,000 from a chemical attack and we are once again on the brink ok war in the Middle East.
So why are we so interested in the Middle East?
Sure, there are some atrocities happening in Syria…but these actions are peanuts compared to the slaughtering of innocent civilians happening in other parts of the world.
We say that Syria’s gas attack was an attack on humanity and the international community must step in and stop this kind of behavior, but where was America and the rest of the international community when more than 1 million people were essentially exterminated in Rwanda?
Where has the international community been while 5.4 million people have been killed in the Congo between 1998 and today?
Talk about human atrocities – these actions are exponentially worse than what Hitler was doing to the Jews during World War II.
These people are chopped up with machetes, executed, women are turned into sex slaves, etc. this has been the epicenter of human atrocities since the mid-1990s, so where was the United States and the International communities along with their morals during all of this?
The fact of the matter is that all of the attention paid to the Middle East and all of the military action taken in this part of the world comes down to one very important commodity – oil.
If there were no oil in the Middle East, places like Syria and Afghanistan would be receiving about as much attention as areas in Africa where mass murder and genocide have been happening for decades and continue to occur today.
We can put on our humanitarian caps and say that we must intervene in Syria because they are slaughtering their own people with chemical weapons, or that we must rid the Iraqi people of their big bad dictator, but at the end of the day the underlying motive is all about oil.
Now, I am no environmentalist or member of any green party. I realize that we more or less need oil to survive these days. We need oil to heat our homes, to cook, to drive our cars, to fly our planes, to run our military, etc.
If the world’s oil supply were completely cut off tomorrow I’d give it about a week until the entire United States and the entire world for that matter descend into complete chaos.
So, aside from water, oil is probably one of the most important life necessities on the planet right now. You may not like that fact, but that is just the way it is.
So, I get it. I truly do.
But what I do not like is the United States, along with the international community, trying to attribute their interest in Syria and the general Middle Eastern region as their moral obligation, or that they are so concerned with innocent life that they simply “must” intervene and stop these atrocities happening in the region.
That is not the case. If the international community were truly concerned about their moral obligations and swooping into to save innocent lives, the United States and the entire international community would have been in Africa for the past two decades stopping the genocide in Rwanda and the Congo, as what has happened and continues to happen in this part of the world is arguably the most horrific human atrocity ever seen on this planet.
What is happening in the Middle East and Syria in particular is also not an issue of national security – how a war that is taking place half a world away where our enemies are killing each other is an issue of national security for the United States is just baffling and is yet again another extremely misleading motive masking our true interest in what is happening int he Middle East and particularly within Syria.
But having said that, again, I get it. We all need oil to survive these days which is why we all have a vested interest in stability in the Middle Eastern region…but give it to us straight and stop trying to hide behind words like “humanitarian” and “moral obligation” when the fact of the matter is that all of this is driven by just one word – oil.
We are interested in the Middle East and very concerned about what is happening in Syria because all of this could affect our oil supply, and if you think otherwise then you are simply in denial of the facts or are just trying to make yourself feel better by believing that you are taking the moral high ground by stopping these horrific acts in the Middle East while it just so happens that we can also secure our oil supply while we are at it…guess it’s just a win-win situation for everyone then…
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