Romney’s Looming Religious War in Syria

In an Arab world that does not fondly recall an Ottoman Empire whose heartland Turkey was, that would not sit well.

The Syrian civil war could end suddenly with the fall of Assad. But it could also widen with Turkey and Hezbollah becoming directly involved, and Russia, Iran and Iraq sending military aid to prop up their ally. The whole region could go up in flames.

Yet what vital American interest is there in who rules in Damascus to justify yet another U.S. war in the Middle East?

While the Assads are despotic, George H.W. Bush made the father an ally in Desert Storm and Ehud Barak offered to return to Hafez Assad the Golan Heights in exchange for a peace deal. If America has a vital interest in this multisided war, that interest is served by staying out, as we have done for its duration. And how exactly have we suffered by not plunging in?

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Pat Buchanan


Patrick Buchanan is a conservative political commentator and syndicated columnist and author of several books, including Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?.

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  • As a former fundamental Bible-only Protestant there were interpretations of the “end-times” which claimed 7 countries would come against Israel, could the Arab Spring and the countries mentioned in the article be the beginning of this?
    What does Catholic prophecy state, and can anyone suggest some good and true books approved by the Church about end-time prophecy? I am driven to learn as much as I can and humbly suggest it is the Holy Spirit guiding me to learn about Catholic prophecy.
    Peace be with you all, ~Sheila

  • chaco

    You certainly paint a complicated/ many variables picture. What angers me most is how we help to empower regimes that persecute christians. I’m aware that many factors have to be weighed in all the decision making but shouldn’t Freedom of religion be one of the pre-conditions required of those recieving our assistance ?