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President Obama's Rubicon (Line In The Sand) Was Crossed By Syria's Bashar Al-Assad....

Updated on August 29, 2013

President Obama’s Rubicon (Line In The Sand) Has Been Crossed By Syria's Bashar Al-Assad…

If I remembered my Roman History correctly, Gaius Julius, commander of the Roman Legions, crossed the Rubicon River… breaching protocols, adhered to by former Roman Generals, by having armed soldiers on Roman soil… and signifying to the Roman Senate - whose members had a tendency to give up power in times when the Republic at large was facing danger- that the traditional Republican form of governance was in grave danger and probably at an end. This danger turned out to be the ushering in of a deity/dictator that gave us the colorful, bloodied Roman history of autocratic rule under the title of Caesar. Months ago, President Obama told Syria’s dictator, Bashar al-assad, that the line in the sand that he must not cross was Syria’s not using Chemical weapons (President Obama’s Rubicon) to quell the raging internal rebellion.

Just how I supported President Bush in like manner… I now have to do the same for President Obama. I take this stance, knowing that Vice President Biden once called for President Bush’s Impeachment when the latter took the posture that President Obama is now supporting. I will not be hypocritical, unlike many Democrats, and, sadly, some Republicans… the latter who would have supported a Republican President if he or she were evaluating the current facts.

Now, you ask why should President Obama respond with force - I hope it is not to save face due to his warning to Syria not to use Chemical weapons, but instead to tell and warn other countries and their leaders that they cannot and must not use those type of weapons on civilians. I have this resolve because if the world does not stand up to those who are evil enough to use these weapons - then the other bullies on the world stage will do so too.

Iran, who is rapidly figuring out how to let its own Nuclear Genie out of the bottle, is looking at the situation in Syria; Al Qaeda is looking too - not that anything that President Obama does in Syria would prevent them from using Chemical weapons, including those capable of mass destruction - only that any country that allowed Al Qaeda or any group to use these weapons from its soil must be severely punished; the North Koreans are looking too… knowing that if Basher al-assad is not punished… that they, along with the rest of the bad guys named, are going to have license to kill civilians indiscriminately, including non combatants, women and children.

We have seen the horrifying pictures of those who have succumbed to Chemical weapons and we remembered that in Japan, years ago, when one lunatic commanded his followers to disperse an odorless Chemical weapon, which killed dozens in the sub-way… bear this in mind when you read this blog and is thinking about the decision our President has to make.

I am not going to sugar-coat the decision that President Obama must make in deciding whether to go to war with Syria because going to war is fraught with danger. As I write this blog, it is being reported that Russia’s President Putin, an ally of Syria, is moving some of his submarine fleet into the Syrian theatre; both Syria and Iran are threatening to light Jerusalem aflame if the United States attack; and, any conflict can morph into a full blown war in the oil rich region - one may notice that since the pending war tidings that said oil prices are going through the roof.

We may decide to do nothing to Syria for its use of chemical weapons on its defenseless people, but again… we must take into consideration how bullies think… that we either take on the one (Bashar al-assad) now or take on the many (North Koreans, Al Qaeda‘s Jihadists, and the Iranians) later… incidentally, note that I am not saying that President Obama should not navigate the Constitutional rules (Congressional consent) to make this decision to go to war….

Years ago, down Fort McClellan in Alabama… during Army Basic Training, we were shown films on the graphic dangers of being exposed to Chemical weapons; these old movies on Chemical weapons affected and stayed with me… so much so that when I was on standby to go to the first Iraqi war and that there was a possibility that the late Saddam Hussein was going to use his Chemical weapons… I told my Army bud, Scott, that if I were exposed, while in combat, and his knowing that because of religious reasons that I could not kill myself… that he must take me out. Now, if I, a trained soldier, feared the pangs that accompany being exposed to these Chemical weapons… then what of the Syrian children?

To those of us who do not believe in pre-emptive strikes, like the one being contemplated by President Obama in Syria, not so much to prevent the Syrians since that they have already used these weapons - but to the other would-be world bad actors… who have access to these terrible chemical weapons... you yourselves have practiced such preemption when you took your respective Flu shots or when you ate your veggies, or exercised, all in all to fight off illnesses - so what makes a country different from you?


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    • Verily Prime profile imageAUTHOR

      Verily Prime 

      5 years ago from New York

      Very troubling indeed!

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      Sandra Mireles 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for this insightful discussion. I have mixed feelings about the Syrian crisis. I never approved of President Bush and the Iraqi war; and that was before the discovery there were no WMD in the country. I was totally against going into Afghanistan because I believe a war there cannot be won. The Russians found out that the hard way many years ago. I read years ago that Afghanistan has layers of land mines that go back nearly a hundred years. My problem with the Syrian conflict is that I believe that the American President should not draw lines in the sand and then back off. Our president should say what he means and mean what he says. The world cannot respect a leader that talks out of both sides of his mouth. This is troubling. I do not believe that drawing a line in the sand and then seeking a diplomatic solution that may or may not be in good faith from the other side is a real solution. The Syrians and Iranians appear to me to be bargaining for time to complete their nuclear weapons. Very troubling.

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      Verily Prime 

      5 years ago

      It is true that I wrote this before the UN's report - but I made the decision that only the Assad regime would have the means to deliver the Chemical weapons and many doctors and Human Rights folks have no incentive to lie, especially since many of them who made said reports were among the dead victims too.

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      Cut The Bullshit 

      5 years ago from All Over

      You are making accusations that Assad is guilty without any proof. Where is your proof? Where is your president's proof?

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      Verily Prime 

      5 years ago

      Thanks - I hope we do come back to Jesus - we cannot keep murdering babies (abortion)... moreover, we engage in proscribed behaviors (homosexuality, etc) and because they feel good to our senses... we turn arround and say that said behaviors are sanctioned by Christ Jesus, instead of asking the Lord to help us overcome the Flesh... it is a grave thing to call the Lord a liar when we say our Sinful behavior is moral.

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      5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Verily Thank you for sharing your feelings and keeping us informed. I truly appreciate it. I do not see that we have any choice but to respond against the Syrian government. We are talking about humanity here. Innocent human lives taken down with chemical warfare. Not to mention the millions that had to leave and go to refuge camps. Yes we need to respond. We need to continue to do our part and stand for truth and justice in the name of God. I know that the majority of USA does not want to go into Syria. Sick of war all that. If their family was in Syria and had to run to flee from this madman how might they feel? It is a sad and difficult situation but I do agree with Obama on this one. We need to take a stand against the enemy.

      God help us. USA repent and pray and come back to God. We need His hedge of protection around us. We are such a blessed nation. I pray that those who are lost be found in all of this All Glory to God. He sits on the throne and He is in control. He knows and will have HIS way. God Bless you dear brother. Love, Skye

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    • Verily Prime profile imageAUTHOR

      Verily Prime 

      5 years ago from New York

      The fact is that there are players in the Syrian theatre that do not like us, yet for the time being we are allies - could it have been a ''False Flag' situation, perhaps, but I have to trust our Intelligence and the world is such now that there are no good 'actions' to take because all seem to be fraught with danger.

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      5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Up to now it has just been words, like 'crossing the red-line', 'line in the sand', 'crossing the Rubicon', 'words in the wind', and so on. That is just more typical diplomatic blathering.

      But, we are being told on the news about warships moving into the region, from our country and other countries. It sounds like it is about to get real.

      Who benefits from the use of chemical weapons on Syrian civilians when they have expectations that we will respond against the Syrian government?

    • Verily Prime profile imageAUTHOR

      Verily Prime 

      5 years ago from New York

      Thank you my sister - but look at the world we are living in when all of the choices are fraught with danger.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Your last statement made me smile although there was to smile about previously. I follow your line of reasoning. Hopefully, Obama's decision will mean something to the would-be bullies. Thank you for your perspective, soldier.


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