The U.S. as a nation, is a nation cursed with short term memory loss.
It is widely known that the U.S.-led NATO intervention to topple Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 resulted in a power vacuum that has allowed terror groups like ISIS to gain a foothold in the country.
Despite the destructive consequences of the 2011 invasion, the West is currently taking a similar trajectory with regard to Syria. Just as the Obama administration excoriated Gaddafi in 2011, highlighting his human rights abuses and insisting he must be removed from power to protect the Libyan people, the Trump administration is now pointing to the repressive policies of Bashar al-Assad in Syria and warning his regime will soon come to an end — all in the name of protecting Syrian civilians.
But as the U.S. and its allies fail to produce legal grounds for their recent air strike – let alone provide concrete evidence to back up their claims Assad was responsible for a deadly chemical attack last week – more hazards of invading foreign countries and removing their heads of state are emerging.
We are the not the world’s police. Toppling foreign governments when there are plenty of other countries nearby with like minded interests who can solve the issue creates a never ending web of entanglements. Gaddafi stated that he was helping to keep ISIS and other Islamic extremists contained, and that if he died, they would flood Europe. Guess what? He was right. If the U.S. continues intervention in Syria, the chain reaction will cause a crisis like we have yet to experience in the 21 century.
This week, new findings revealed another unintended consequence of “humanitarian intervention”: the growth of the human slave trade.
The Guardian reports that while “violence, extortion and slave labor” have been a reality for people trafficked through Libya in the past, the slave trade has recently expanded. Today, people are selling other human beings out in the open.
Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss. Only this one likes human trafficking. The new boss Syria should Assad be taken out, who knows? Maybe he’ll be into burning people alive like ISIS has done in the past.