If the Republican Party supports American military strikes against the Syrian regime, it will ultimately carry responsibility for the war and its consequences, including the resurgence of al-Qaida terrorism, Pat Buchanan contends.
In an op-ed piece for WND news
, the two-time candidate for the GOP presidential nomination argues that American involvement in the Syrian conflict will not be the quick mission envisioned by President Barack Obama, but a protracted involvement that puts America's credibility on the line, ultimately ending in a "debacle."
"If the Republican Party backs this war, it will own this war," Buchanan writes. "Does the Republican Party really want to own a war that could end with al-Qaida in power or occupying sanctuaries in Syria?"
Buchanan suggests a U.S. mission to overturn the Syrian regime is fraught with contradiction and has little support from the public.
"We are told we must punish Assad for killing Syrians with gas, but we do not want Assad's regime to fall. Which raises a question: How many Syrians must we kill with missiles to teach Assad he cannot kill any more Syrians with gas? Artillery, fine. Just no gas," he writes.
Buchanan takes exception to American Jewish organizations likening the struggle to the Holocaust in their campaign for U.S. military intervention.
"Does the U.S. Jewish community really want to be responsible for starting a war that ends with 2 million Christian Syrians facing a fate not unlike that of Poland's Jews?"
He encourages the U.S. to seek a resolution to the conflict within the United Nations Security Council. "If we prove our case and the U.N. does nothing, we will have learned something about the international community worth learning," he says.
"The idea of launching missiles based on evidence we will not reveal about Syria's use of chemical weapons, strikes that will advance the cause of the al-Qaida terrorists who killed 3,000 of us and are anxious to kill more," Buchanan concluded, "would be an act of such paralyzing stupidity one cannot believe that even this crowd would consciously commit it."
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