United States’ intervention in Syria could potentially deter terrorism
Unfortunately, our actions have proved these claims arent far from the truth. Of course, this is not to say the Syrian situation isnt incredibly difficult to deal with. Not only is the Assad regimes most powerful ally, Russia, able to stave off the international community by vetoing any proposed action in the U.N., but the American public is overwhelmingly against military action in Syria. According to a poll taken by the Washington Post on Sept. 1, just 36 percent approved while a resounding 59 percent opposed military action in the form of air strikes against the Assad regime. Keep in mind this is after the fact that definitive evidence of the use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people, a supposed red line that Assad was prohibited from crossing. Oh, what a difference a decade and two unsuccessful wars makes. In the post-9/11 hysteria we fully committed to an invasion of Iraq on the assumption we would find the chemical weapons stockpile of Saddam Hussein, yet hindsight tells us that was not the case. Yet when it comes to a situation that has proven atrocities and massacring of over 100,000 Syrians we suddenly become hesitant. As the international community saw the acts of ethnic cleansing that Slobodan Milosevic committed in Yugoslavia, strategic bombing by NATO forces was able to remove Yugoslavian forces from Kosovo and stop the genocide. Under the Obama administration, naval bombing of Libyan government strongholds led to the removal of Muammar al-Gaddafi. These types of actions could be just as effective if taken against the government forces of Assad. The concept of the American world police structure is not something that should be sought after, and, of course, there are atrocities that happen every day in the world that the United States simply has no business acting on.
(American Movie Classics) Also September 27, 2013, 1:31 p.m. Horror fans will have a lot to freak out about this October. The first edition of “Beyond Fest” will hit Los Angeles as a celebration of chills, gore and the sounds that go with them from Oct. 10 to 27. And Cinefamily will take local audiences on a mayhem-filled movie road trip with their monthlong “The United States of Horror.” FULL COVERAGE: Film festivals Taking place at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian and Aero Theaters, Beyond Fest will feature the first local screenings of films anticipated by genre fans following their well-received appearances at other festivals, with titles including as Ben Wheatley’s “A Field in England,” Sion Sono’s “Why Don’t You Play In Hell,” Jim Begos’ “Almost Human” and Ruairi Robinson’s “The Last Days of Mars.” Besides the three-night stand of legendary band Goblin, making its first-ever live appearances in Los Angeles before screenings of Dario Argento horror classics, Beyond Fest will have other events for horror music aficionados. Composer Alan Howarth will perform before a screening of John Carpenter’s “Assault on Precinct 13.” Musician Umberto will perform a live score to the 1982 slasher flick “Pieces.” Clive Barker is scheduled to appear with a screening of “Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut.” German filmmaker Jorg Buttgereit will be present for screenings of the only known 35mm prints of his “Nekromantik” and “Schramm: Into the Mind of a Serial Killer.” Joe Dante will appear with his “The Howling,” and Richard Donner is scheduled to turn out for his “The Omen.” The podcast/stage show “The Thrilling Adventure Hour” will put on a live performance featuring Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster before a showing of the 1932 classic “the Mummy.” PHOTOS: Fall movie sneaks 2013 And that’s not all, horror fans. The Fairfax Avenue movie theater Cinefamily is following up last year’s monthlong program of infamous U.K. “video nasties” with a trip around the U.S. “The United States of Horror” program, every night at midnight from October 1 to 31, will feature a horror movie from a different state of the Union. Kicking off with California’s own “Equinox,” other stops on this road trip of blood and bad vibes include Arizona’s “White of The Eye,” Nevada’s “Tremors,” Utah’s “Troll 2,” Kansas’ “Carnival Of Souls,” Missouri’s “Ernest Scared Stupid,” Pennsylvania’s “Martin,” and New York ‘s “Basket Case,” before winding up back in California with “Chopping Mall.” ALSO:
The United States Feared No More
Bush (the son) decided to invade successively Afghanistan and Iraq, Libya and Syria and Somalia and Sudan and to end with Iran before turning to China. The military budget of the United States reached more than 40% of world military expenditures. However, this extravagance had an ending: the economic crisis forced Washington to cut back. In one year, the Pentagon has dismissed a fifth of its army and halted several of its research programs. This sharp decline is just beginning and it has already disrupted the whole system. It is clear that the United States, despite having power greater than the twenty largest countries of the world, including Russia and China, is not currently able to engage in large conventional wars. Washington thus gave up on attacking Syria when the Russian fleet was deployed along the Mediterranean coast. The Pentagon would then have had to launch its Tomawak missiles from the Red Sea over Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Syria and its non-state allies would have answered with a regional war, plunging the United States into a conflict too big for it. In an article published by the New York Times , President Putin opened fire. He stressed that “American exceptionalism” is an insult to the equality of humans and can only lead to catastrophy. At the podium of the United Nations, President Obama answered that no other nation, not even Russia, wanted to shoulder the burden of the United States. And if they were the police of the world, it was precisely to ensure equality of humans. This intervention is not reassuring : the United States asserting itself as superior to the rest of the world and considering the equality of humans only as their subjects.