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Syria: Saurday's focal topic: is there a valid reason for U.S. military involvment there?

   There has been a "push" recently for United States military involvement in Syria’s civil war. I call the chaos in Syria a "civil" war because, generally, protracted conflicts in which people of a country seek to overthrow the government that claims rule over them are called "civil wars."

   There seem to be no valid reasons for a U.S. military incursion in Syria. There are corporations that would profit from such a commitment. But profits are not worth lives.

   The Syrian regime of Assad, with little doubt, is a dictatorship. The U.S. never has had a problem with support of dictatorships. We propped up governments in South Vietnam, gave aid to Pinochet in Chile—the list of our support of dictators is long.

   Assad’s regime employs secret police and kills its own civilians. Such conduct was of little concern to the U.S. when carried out in Iran by the Shah.

   President Obama has said a "red line" across which Syria cannot cross is the use of chemical weapons; so-called weapons of mass destruction (WMDs"). We last heard of such things in the lead-up to Iraq. None ever was found in Iraq. The argument is those WMDs were move to Syria.

   What WMDs are in Syria? Some of the bases for biological weapons, apparently, were provided to Saddam Hussein during the Reagan administration. Iraq especially liked on particular strain of anthrax provided by the U.S.

   Some complain the Constitution does not provided the Federal government with the power to govern health insurance. Where does the Constitution provide the Federal government with the power to intervene in the internal affairs of another country? We have been involved in, and even created for our supposed benefits, such conflicts. The outcome never is good.

  Syria will be our focal topic for next Saturday’s Show. One guest panelists will be Indianapolis attorney and author Jeff Cox, and former Socialist Party candidate of Indiana House of Representatives John Strinka. We stream live at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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