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CHEAP SEATS: Someone has to stand up to those who commit atrocities



There are many different ways to react to the recent bombing of a Syrian air base by the United States. And many of them – even those on opposite sides of each other – make good points.

But at the end of the day it really comes down to the only two facts that ultimately matter.

The first fact is that the use of chemical weapons against civilians is an unconscionable action that cannot ever be condoned by any people who wish to be considered remotely civilized.

Which is why virtually every nation in the world, including their allies in Russia, condemned Syria’s use of such weapons to kill 80 people earlier in the week.

And the second fact is that as long as there are people willing to do things like use chemical weapons on civilians there will need to be someone who will stand up and show them there are consequences for those actions.

Right now, the only one both willing and able to do that is the United States.

So we can argue about the nature and scope of the United States bombing of Syria. We can question what the long term reactions and impacts might be.  And we can agree that no one wants Donald Trump to be the civilized world’s chief of police.

But until someone else is willing to stand up to those who would commit atrocities against innocent people, we can’t pretend we have any other choice.

I’m Bill Glisky and that’s the way I see things From the Cheap Seats

From the Cheap Seats can be heard Monday to Friday at 7 a.m., 9 a.m. and noon on 95.5 Hits FM and Cool 100.1


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