By Mario Boothe
Freedom! Change! Democracy! – Those are the battle cries being yelled in the streets of Syria by the opposition rebel fighters – unfortunately for them the “freedom” they so gravely desire to “change” from a dictatorship to “democracy” will probably deny them the international help them have been calling for over the past months.
Mario Boothe is a young aspiring political analyst, with a growing blog readership. He has been involved in the Jamaican political environment with his involvement in political organizations and groups. He has obtained an associate’s degree in hospitality and tourism management, majoring in travel and tourism
As President Obama awaits the response from the United States Congress, which will come in the form of a vote on the “call for action” in Syria; as a result the people of the war torn nation must also wait for some sort of momentum to push the battle in a decisive way to either the pro-Assad backers or the rebel fighters. This period of “consultation” and “hearings” on the matter of the redline (usage of chemical weapons) that was imposed by President Obama himself, will no doubt bring the first “democratically elected” African-American president of the United States of America in good standing with the general public as he struggles to exorcize the ghost of Iraq from the US war history.
Democracy Does as Democracy Commands
We all remember the “weapons of mass destruction” fallacies of President Bush and apologists, who were looking for a scapegoat at the time succeeding the 9/11 terrorist acts; because of the flawed processes and intelligences that led to the longest and most expensive war in US history, even the most ‘war-hawkish’ right-wing members of the US Congress are taking no chances and are challenging the administration to provide irrevocable evidence that the Assad regime deliberately used chemical weapons against his own citizens – providing they can be more persuasive than Prime Minister David Cameron when he failed to garner support from Britain’s House of Commons for military action.
This is the true intricacy of democracy; the delicate balance of what to do and what not to do, especially when history wasn’t kind the first time around. But the great democratic ethic that the UK has for so long advocated for others was tested and a majority of the people’s representatives said “no”. Almost immediately the vote becomes described not as a remarkable, historic vote against another “war of choice”, but as “Inhumane”.
Britain is now in a position to deploy humanitarian, political, United Nations muscle, without the compromise of military engagement. This is far from an immoral place to be.
Hopefully, the United States will decide to be moral and not be content with being a puppet master pulling the strings from the sidelines. The United States still carries the biggest stick. US credibility, when it comes to defending freedom and democracy for all, is on the line; presidents are notorious for maintaining that “When our allies of democracy need us, we will be there.” The world expects decisive action when the stakes are clear – proven to a T. It would be the mockery of Western principles to allow any further deaths to hand of dictator.
Democracy, I am waiting, the world is waiting and, most importantly, the people of Syria are waiting.