Barack Obama has been quoted as saying:
“ With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility.”
The converse is also true; with no power you have no responsibility.
If you don’t like the responsibility of being an elected official, who has the responsibility of making tough decisions, you simply quit. By quitting you absolve yourself not only of the power to make decisions for your state or country, but you eliminate the responsibility. When Sarah Palin resigned her position as Governor of Alaska, she was also resigning any responsibility for making her state or her country better. For the last five years we have watched as Sarah Palin has attacked our President for every decision he has made. Even when President Obama found and brought Osama bin Laden to justice Sarah Palin was unable to give President Obama credit for the responsibility he took to find and kill bin Laden.
Syria has been involved in a civil war since March of 2011. For over two years the United States under President Obama’s leadership has remained as a passive observer. Estimates are that 93,000 people have been killed in Syria and the UN reports that the death toll may be “potentially much higher.” At least 5000 people are being killed every month. Even more outrageous is the number of children killed. An estimated 6,561 children have been killed, and of those are 1,729 children who were younger than 10 years old. Worse yet, UN teams have documented the torture and execution of children, which was verified by videos made of these sinister acts. Families, including babies have been slaughtered.
At the same time, rebel forces have been depicted in video footage actually eating the heart and livers of dead government soldiers.
President Obama has been reluctant to become involved in the conflict. For two years, he has resisted being drawn deeper into the civil war in Syria. It was a miserable problem, he told aides, and not one he thought he could solve. At most, it could be managed.
President Obama has now sent small arms and ammunition to Syrian rebel forces. But to do even that he had to be almost dragged into the decision at a time when critics, and even some advisers and Bill Clinton were pressing for more action. Coming so late into the conflict, Mr. Obama expressed no confidence it would change the outcome, but privately expressed hope it might buy time to bring about a negotiated settlement.
President Obama has had no other international challenges like Syria. As much as he wants to avoid getting entangled in what he regards as another quagmire, he finds himself confronted by a conflict that is spilling over into the region and testing American resolve. Already Syria has directly had the effect of destabilizing Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey, and cause thousands to seek refuge in Jordan.
Iran has recently sent 4000 soldiers to assist and support the current regime. At the same time the current regime has established themselves as being willing to use chemical weapons on civilians. It is the use of chemical weapons that has been the most significant factor in the President’s decision to increase military weapons to rebels.
John McCain has attacked President Obama for not becoming involved sooner, explaining that the President’s action was “disgraceful.”
Sarah Palin, indicating absolutely no understanding the conflict or the international implications of a war, explained :
“… I say let Allah sort it out.”
What a great idea! Let God sort it out! Make God responsible for fixing all our problems. If that were the solution, why would Sarah need to raise money through her PAC? Why doesn’t she let God elect the people who could best lead the country? Why didn’t Americans let God deal with Hitler? Wasn’t it God’s will that 10 year old Sarah Murnaghan should face the life threatening effects of Cystic Fibrosis? Why not let God take care of providing a new set of lungs for her? Why not let God inspire people to make films in Alaska instead of politicians passing legislation to give out tax credits?
The truth is that Sarah invokes God’s name when she doesn’t want to take responsibility herself for a problem. When she can’t even begin to understand the conflict in Syria, much less what should be done to fix it, she simply says “let Allah sort it out!” Allah didn’t bring an end to polio. He didn’t leave medicine bottles in our cabinets with antibiotics, and he didn’t send President Obama a letter with Osama bin Laden’s return address on the top. God is who, or what, we turn to when there is nothing else we as a people can do. Thank heavens President Roosevelt didn’t adopt the plan of letting God “sort it out” when faced with the mass murder of people in Germany!