Well, you have a government gunning down over a thousand unarmed civilians demanding freedom, Do you really need to ask me which side I would want action against? How much force? That would depend on what they determine the objective to be. According to Uncas, one of the objectives ofthe UN is "physically intervening where there was a high risk of a de facto civil war or genocide."
Well, Mike, I'm very sad to say that in this instance I have to say "yes."
I feel reluctant to say "yes," because I'm as upset about these folks as you are, I think. But the question has come up about U.S. involvement in these things; and in the U.N. is involved, then the U.S. is involved, isn't it, if only for not vetoing that involvement in the security counsel. And that, I'm afraid, would be putting the U.S. into another war without a vote by congress, wouldn't it?
Now if you could get congress to vote to do such a thing, that would be a different matter, wouldn't it?
But I very much doubt you or I can arrange such a thing with the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party holding the seats it does in congress, and with the regular republican party unsure of its willingness to support such ventures as might make the President more popular and all. You might have some of the Republicans in leadership positions say that they favored such a thing, but I doubt that it would ever come to a vote; and if it did, I'm not sure how they would feel they had to go on record.
And that's without even considering the potential problems in the Democratic party. I suspect there'd be more than a fair number of those as well. You might be better at listing what some of them might be than I would.
As you've said, there as so many places in the world where we should or might intervene, what makes this or that one special? We can't be everywhere doing everything for everybody.
This is a paraphrase of some of your own statements, but, frankly, statements that have a lot of reality to back them up. Sometimes pity and sympathy are enough; often they aren't, and the why of the matter is often a politican call.
I should say that I owe you some thanks for your offering a response, and that I'm glad you were able to find it in your heart to do so. I'm quite appreciative.