As economic times get tougher in America there’s a general tendency (and growing apathy) to pay less attention to revolutions in the Middle East and more to our dwindling bank accounts. But we can’t become complacent while Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s brutal regime goes home-to-home executing families any more than we can stop seeking out the terrorists who have blown up the Sinai pipeline for the 14th time since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was ousted.
There is no doubt we, as Americans, have to fix our economy, lower our deficit and find ways to get people back to work. All are top priority stateside, no matter which administration ends up in the White House. But we have a responsibility to make sure Syria doesn’t end up in Iran’s pocket and that Egypt or any other Middle East country doesn’t end up in the hands of a terrorist regime. While the war with Afghanistan may have been unpopular to many, its main intent was to rid the Afghan people of al Qaeda.
Whether we like it or not, we have dual responsibilities to protect American interests. We have our stateside interests which involve quality of life of Americans and for future generations, and we have our interests abroad, which we all know if left in the wrong hands can come back to wreak havoc on our domestic interests. Our unfortunate experience with 9/11, and before that with the Lockerbie bombing, taught us that our world would never be the same if we didn’t respond to the terrorist threats outside our borders.
Now the violence from Syria with a reported 9,000+ butchered has slipped into Turkey and Lebanon. Sadly, it’s no surprise the UN imposed deadline given by special envoy Kofi Annan’s ceasefire plan will not be met, which called for all sides to end the violence by Tuesday, April 10. In a request that can be termed asinine, Assad is asking rebels to put down their weapons first. And the latest terrorist explosion on the Sinai pipeline came only days after a pair of Grad rockets from the Sinai exploded in the Israeli tourist city of Eilat, causing electricity prices in the Jewish state – AND the West Bank and Gaza – to rise 20%.
Our experience with terrorism both domestic and abroad, these recent events and others tragic injustices we see in the news daily suggest we can’t afford to sit idle and allow terrorists to win.