As a proud citizen of the USA, who by the way, is not the least bit ashamed of its history or that of my own (with authentic native roots), I am disheartened that a productive and progressive solution cannot be agreed to by the primary stakeholders of the Middle East. I also feel there is no one to blame – overlooking any ad hominem attacks on “parties” as terrorists, insurrectionists/rebels, or plain trouble makers bent on preventing any plausible and implementable policy – since one side’s rebel is another side’s “patriot”, American diplomacy there is abjectly full of shortcomings. Nevertheless, we are committed to the defense of our allies, as both President Obama and his Secretary of State John Kerry have reiterated; yet humanity and justice decry retaliatory attacks that kill innocent civilians, including women and children. The Middle East is a cauldron of unresolved issues and I believe we should not commit military involvement until such time as we have a workable policy we can unquestioningly defend. This means that we may again be committing our children to years of military confrontations on foreign soils (and loss of their limbs/lives). What price, freedom?
PS: Robin Williams – May he rest in peace
From a historical perspective, it appears that “might makes right”. With regard to the decent peoples of the Ukraine and Russia whose ancestral struggles have cut-out contentious national boundaries, frontier inhabitants may view themselves as nationals of the neighboring country rather than nominal citizens of the “home” country. In contrast and by comparison, it did not serve Native Americans well to be autonomous “nations” living within the United States of America; rather, it required a federal bureau to protect and defend the rights of Native Americans and later an administrative agency to minister to the needs of their health and welfare. The dissociation and recent demise of the Soviet Union has brought many deaths, sorrow, and increased hardship to former constituent and autonomous republics. The challenge of newly gained freedom and formulation of alliances will take concerted effort to effect before conditions return to normalcy. Hopefully, law and order restoring domestic tranquility will return soon. Good luck to everyone involved.
safe from internal and external threats! If international law will not defend it then they must be forever vigilant against real and perceived threats.
The loss of innocent lives must stop, however. Tit for tat, unhappily, may be the method of accommodation and justice but it should cease and yield to the rule of law and order.