Response to Huffpo Article “Syria:What Would Reagan Do?”
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It is difficult to speculate on what Reagan would do regarding the Syrian conflict because he cut a formidable figure on the world stage. Reagan was universally respected by our enemies and trusted by our critical allies such as Great Britain. His resolve was rarely questioned in International circles and so Reagan’s “red lines” were taken very seriously.
The situation in Syria is indeed tricky for the president. There are no good players in Syria’s civil war. The Al Qaeda/Muslim Brotherhood-directed “rebellion” targets Christians in their villages and homes, and has an international reputation for unspeakable brutality. The Syrian Government/Hezbollah-sponsored forces target any citizens they believe may oppose the Assad regime, or who are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is a humanitarian nightmare.
Let history speculate on what Ronald Reagan MAY have done if he had the present Syrian dilemma before him: When proof positive that the Berlin discotheque terrorist attack was perpetrated by Libyan terrorists under the direction of the Qaddafi regime, Reagan commanded an airstrike on Tripoli. The strike occurred following meetings with Arab and European partners of the United States, and the hit was “surgical” according to the standards of the time. Reagan did not broadcast his plans to the media, and when rockets hit their targets in Tripoli, it stunned the world and quieted the Qaddafi regime, ending years of skirmishes with their air force.
The Syrian chemical weapons attack is very likely a provocative move by Assad, testing President Obama’s “red line” following at least two prior instances of the use of chemical agents on the Syrian people. I speculate that if Reagan were in charge, the most recent chemical attack would never have been perpetrated by the Assad regime, because America would have responded fast and hard the first time the “red line” was crossed.
by Marjorie Haun 8/30/13