“There is no monopoly of common sense on either side of the political fence.” – Sting
The song “Russians” by Sting, with its haunting music and bone chilling lyrics echoes in my head as I consider the decision today by President Obama to ask Congress for permission to proceed with military strikes against Syria. I’m not a political person. I don’t declare affiliation with any particular political party, because I believe if you support an opinion instead of a person, at some point, it might encourage us all to work together for the greater good as opposed to pushing a personal agenda. So to be honest, I had to ask why we would even want to get involved in Syria. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be exceedingly angry at the leaders of the Syrian government for annihilating the innocent people of Syria. Part of me thinks the people of Syria need to rise up against their sadistic government. But mostly I think I was wondering what impact this would have on the people of the United States.
I feel like since 9/11, we have walked around with a target on our backs, daring another country to try to do what Osama bin Laden did to our people. We swore we would continue to live our lives, defiant in the face of attack. We were determined not to allow a terrorist attack to influence our daily lives, as it would give the appearance of caving to terrorist threats.
But this scares me. What if someone has a weapon that hits that target we so truculently parade around wearing? Have we reached a point where we are walking around in a Teflon bubble, and that makes us a challenge to people like the leaders of Syria, who will retaliate and do to our children what they did to their own?
There are weapons too horrible to even discuss in the hands of all the wrong people. I don’t know if it’s a good time to piss those people off. And my thoughts are, seriously, since it’s been made very obvious that the Syrians don’t, I hope and pray that the Russians love their children enough to not want them hurt. Like I don’t want mine hurt.
“What might save us, me and you, is if the Russians love their children, too.”