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It's Deja Vu All Over Again: A U.S. President With His Finger on the Trigger

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Do they know who the exact guilty party is? Do they know if the rebels are following a plan devised to bring down this government? Or did this government decide to launch an attack on the rebel groups before they could initiate a government takeover? Who's right and who is wrong, who are the good guys and who are the bad?

Bush & Co. constructed a scenario in which they falsely claimed that Saddam Hussein had WMD's, that he had the capability to launch them against America and, in fact, was ready to do so. Well, after the nation of Iraq and its people suffered monumental destruction it was proven that no such weapons existed in that nation and Saddam had no plans to attack America in any way.

What is on display here for all the world to see is a country, namely, America that likes to think of itself as the leader of this world. But these nations sees America as a government that no longer knows how to lead; one that only knows how to react to volatile situations with military hubris that solves nothing and creates more crises. They see a nation that has all the resources to be a facilitator of peace but has allowed the powerful elements of the military-industrial complex within it to take it in the opposite direction. They see an America that seemingly has lost its sense of purpose and direction.

But let's get back to the critical issues at hand. Once this supposedly imminent attack on Syria is underway the question is where will it end? Will such an attack trigger that long predicted Middle East inferno if Russia, Iran, Hezbollah decide to enter the fray on the side of Syria and Israel and Saudi Arabia decide to enter it on the side of the U.S.? Is this a time bomb waiting to go off?

The answer is that yes, it could, without question, turn the Middle East into a boiling cauldron of war in which there will be no winners and everyone will lose. The most important question of all is; is this president, together with John Kerry and the war hawks in Washington, prepared to take such a monumental risk and light the fuse that will ignite that inferno?

Michael Payne

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