Mendte: Syrian Fight

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NEW YORK, NY - It`s moving day at the Syrian consulate in New York as the United States and several other countries expel Syrian diplomats.  Often such a move is a prelude to an attack.  It stinks to go have to go back home in time for the NATO bombing.

Giving that possibility even more credence is what the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said on television this weekend.

Uh oh, here we go again; all I can say is, it`s about time.

This all comes after the people of Syrian city of Houla were bombarded by their own president Bashir al Assad.  At least 120 people were killed, half of them children.  The world is outraged by the video of the 12 hour siege on the city.
 
The world is a little late with its outrage, the slaughter has been going on now for over a year.  As in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, people in Libya are rising up against a brutal regime and are pleading to the United States and NATO to help them form a democracy.

And we have ignored them.

I want to take you back for a moment to march of 2011 when America and NATO forces bombed Egypt.  It was a pre-emptive strike to prevent Qaddafi`s forces from attacking the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.
In a speech to the nation President Obama said we had to act; because to allow slaughter would be a betrayal of who we are as Americans.

That it would have been a stained the conscience of the world.

If we stand by now and let the slaughter continue, our conscience will be stained with the blood of Syrian children.

Our foreign policy needs to be morally consistent.

I know you are weary from a war in Afghanistan that has lost its purpose, but we can`t stand by and do nothing while a mad man massacres his own people.
 
It is time for us and the world to stop the slaughter in Syria.