America needs to stay out of the Syrian civil war

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The Muslim standard for preserving human life is on the line, and any moral obligation to intervene in the Syrian civil war rests with the Muslim world — not with the U.S.

The two-year conflict has claimed 100,000 lives and displaced millions of people, and last month, a reputed state-sanctioned chemical attack killed more than 1,400 Syrians, including hundreds of children.

Yet the global Muslim community has remained typically inert about its home-grown horrors, passing the buck to America, which has a larger duty to address, like keeping its economy, credibility, and sovereignty afloat through three more years of President Obama, instead of involving itself in hostilities that can only reap it more unfounded accusations of neo-imperialism and neo-colonialism.

The U.S. has been to the battlefield and back to preserve its standing as a just and mighty super power, only to see the gains of more than two centuries dwindle in four years because of a leader who is not up to the job.

Obama’s Oval Office has been less than a failure. His misguided attempt to kumbaya with the Muslim world has capsized. His denial of the war on terror has advanced turbulent times. And his comatose leadership has dragged America to the front lines of the Syrian strife in a no-win situation, where the enemy — as in Iraq and Afghanistan — is virtually indistinguishable.

Obama’s damage is done. His malaise has set the stage for a geopolitical showdown, starring chemical weapons, shariah-Iran’s nuclear muscle, and aspiring jihadists and other assorted U.S. adversaries courting a World War III, with the existence of Israel at stake — as usual.

Former allies have taken note of our Obamapathy and bolted. Great Britain, once an avowed, bilateral partner, won’t touch Obama’s shaky policies with a bargepole.

Despots feel confident enough to publicly rake the White House over the coals. Syrian president and Ripper of Damascus Bashar al-Assad, whose balletic frame and dorky gaze defy the glowering countenance and public ravings of a typical tyrant, mocked Obama as being “weak.”

And Russian President Vladimir Putin, who persecutes gays and banishes girl pop bands to Siberian gulags for affronting him, branded Obama as indecent and a liar.

But still Obama trumpets the foe as a friend. His hearty congratulations to the Islamic Society of North America at its annual convention last week — a group the FBI identifies as a front for the radical Muslim Brotherhood — was yet another ingratiating maneuver. Meaningless, too.

The Syrian crisis brings the Muslim world’s — not America’s — moral compass into question. Muslim nations need to man up and stop Muslims from killing one another with impunity. Until such time, the U.S. — and the rest of the free world — need to steer clear.!/BritShavana

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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