Written by Frank Salvato
It is for this singular reason that we must make sure Syria and its allies never attain nuclear capability. Once Syria or Iran attain nuclear capability they will supply the technology in whatever form they can to terrorist organizations whose stated goal is the destruction of the United States and US interests abroad.
After Israeli intelligence shared its information with the Central Intelligence Agency, the US focused its own intelligence assets on the Syrian location. Once the Israeli intelligence was confirmed, the US military weighed its options with regard to destroying the site, the boldest plan being a Special Forces operation designed to gather evidence before destroying the facility. So why, with all of the clear-cut evidence attained by Israeli and US intelligence, the stakes as high as they were and strategies for addressing the issue in place, did the United States opt out of engaging in military action against the Syrian nuclear facility?
The answer to this question illustrates why military operations and war in general can never, ever be politicized; it demonstrates how politicizing matters of war, for the sake of political opportunism, places each and every one of us in harms way.
After weighing all of the evidence the White House indicated that it was not interested in engaging in any military action against the Syrian facility. Those examining this decision, including those at ABC News, believe the White House balked, in a large part, because the evidence presented wasn’t overwhelming enough. They believe that because fissionable material hadn’t actually been created that there wasn’t enough evidence to act.
Although the threat of nuclear proliferation by a state sponsor of terrorism should be of utmost importance to us all it is easy albeit disturbing to see why the Bush Administration would refuse to take action without actual WMD being developed. It is easy to understand because the world just witnessed the demonizing of the Bush Administration for thwarting the nuclear capabilities of Saddam Hussein’s regime, a regime that was much further along in nuclear proliferation than Syria. This demonizing was the result of political opportunism.
Isn’t it time that the silent majority here in the United States got off their butts and became vocal enough to counter the counter-culture of the Secular-Progressive, anti-war Left? Conservatives fumbled the ball in 2006 because of ideological infighting and a naÃ¯ve belief that if we sent a message to the Republican Party they would learn a lesson. In reality all Conservative separatists achieved was a Secular-Progressive, anti-war Left controlled Congress and a gun-shy Executive Branch willing to seek compromise on even the issue of nuclear proliferation.
Our country has been made less safe by the fact that politics infringed upon the decision to thwart Syria’s attempt to attain nuclear capability. We must stop pretending that we have no stake in this very real war. We must all educate ourselves on the facts. We must all understand the consequences of our apathy for there is no compromise where nuclear war is concerned. We either keep that capability out of the hands of those who hate us because of who we are or we suffer the consequences.
Frank Salvato is a contributing editor to Right Side News Opinion and Editorial Section.