Just this past week I came across a headline online that read “US preparing for military action in Syria, top US general says”. First thought to mind was “Again”? For the past two years Syria has been a war zone due to a civil war that continues to see its own citizens die by their own countrymen. Once again, because of a ruthless dictator who would rather watch his country crumble and his people kill one another than to step down as president, America is now being called upon to intervene.
Our military forces have been fighting in two wars after September 11, 2001, and although the war in Iraq has ended after more than 8yrs, our military forces continue to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan and continue to suffer losses. Deployments have doubled since I was in, from 4-6 month deployments, to 12-14 month deployments with maybe a 2-4 week R & R (Rest & Relaxation) break to head back home to see family and unwind.
Common Sense will tell you that being on a deployment for this length of time, far away from family, in a harsh desert region and lets not forget a combat zone, will have a burden on anyone, especially our military forces who are always on the move looking for the enemy while wearing full gear and carrying an 80lb rucksack and not to forget crap living conditions. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars have worn out our military forces, the soldiers’ mind and body needs a break from deployments and combat.
However, the new talk in the media world has our politicians debating on when to intervene in the war in Syria. For our politicians who are quick to agree that our soldiers now need to intervene in Syria, I want to remind them that in this month already we have lost 6 soldiers serving in Afghanistan. Luckily other politicians understand the burden our soldiers have been dealing with after these two long drawn out wars, and are saying it is time to stop being the “world’s Policeman”, something mentioned by Joe Scarborough and something I agree with.
Are we ready to get involved with another war? Are our troops ready to intervene in the war in Syria even if it is on a much smaller scale? I’d prefer hearing what our troops think, because they are the ones doing the hard work, and we owe every bit of it to them to hear their voices!