Quote (bogie160 @ Jul 19 2012 07:01pm)
The problem here is that Syria was and is not an American ally. They've been tied to the USSR / Russian camp for decades, they've been a bastion for support against Israel, there wasn't any chance for a genuine working relationship. If they aren't our allies, and they're friends of our enemies, they have to go.
Please don't compare a broken shell of a nation (Russia) to the world's foremost military and economic power. Russia is our enemy because their regional and international interests, as well as their perception of themselves as a great power, clash with the new American hegemony that has been in place for decades.
Do you believe that any friend of Russia cannot be a friend of the USA? Syria's problems with Israel, unlike the rest of the Arab world are terretorial issues. Having a regional power backed by a group who does not back you creates problems.
Did you just say Russia is an enemy because they don't submit to American control? Please tell me you didn't say that. The world isn't a kindergarden player ground where the kid who refused to give you his ice cream bar is your sworn enemy.
World powers are inevtiably going to disagree on things and want their influence to trump others, but that doesn't mean they're enemies. Russia and the US aren't close to every going to war, the US will never boycott the Russians. The US will never argue trade sanctions.
And if Russia is a broken shell of a nation, what is the United States? Russia has it's own problems, but the US has just as many, they're just hidden better.