if striking Syria is the right thing for the United States to do, though I am haunted by the images of genocide in the country. I find myself disquieted that the U.S. wants to act individually. Despite the challenges of the UN Security Council, the president could wait for the United Nations’ report and receive UN authorization. I just question why there isn’t a more robust dialogue with NATO (North American Treaty Organization) to enact a multinational strike similar to the Libyan offense. And I wonder where the responsibility of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation lies in ending Syrian genocide.
What I do know is that the strikes will inevitably leave Syria broken and that it will take years, maybe even decades, to heal and that the families of those killed or disappeared by the missiles fired will never be whole again. As a child who witnessed my family endure the U.S. invasion of Panama, I know that the bombs my aunt first thought were Christmas fireworks unearthed a hell that no one should endure.
Limited aerial offensives that require no boots on the ground reflect the newest tactic of America’s wars—and the newest lie fed to the American people. Our level of engagement, no matter how limited the attack, is always long-lasting. History proves this. Two years later, Libya is a disaster of chaos and 15,000 American federal contractors that remain in Iraq post-conflict. The bureaucratic uncertainty and social fragmentation that remains after a dictator is deposed simply does not allow the United States to fully withdraw from conflict. When the United States strikes Syria, I know our government will inflict civilian casualties, it will illicit more sectarian violence and it will incite political instability that will keep us perpetually engaged.
Jamila Aisha Brown is a freelance writer, political commentator, and social entrepreneur. Her consultancy, HUE, provides sustainable development solutions to social justice problems impacting the African diaspora. Contact her via Twitter: @MsJamilaAisha and at Hue Global.