It is understandable the frustration that Walid Muallem, the Syrian foreign minister has with the United States. In fact the American people have the same frustrations. The American people were deceived by accusations that Iraq had WMS and entered into a war that had no lasting results other than to remove Saddam from power. There has been no evidence to date that WMD were in Iraq.
As to the use of chemical weapons used by Syria there is a double standard. In declassified documents, it was known in 1983 that Iraq was using chemical weapons against Iran and the US government chose to do nothing. In fact it was the US that was supplying both Iran and Iraq with chemical weapons. When Saddam used chemical weapons against the Kurds the US first announced that this attack was by the Iranians.
So it is understandable when US leaders claim that Syrian government forces had used chemical weapons. The US has pushed an agenda that is not approved by a large percentage of the American public, although it is interesting that the liberal progressives that protested against the Bush Administration have been silenced during the wars of Obama. It will be too late for the Syrian people when it will later be proven it was the rebels using chemical weapons. The US will have bombed away all evidence of their involvement. It could be that the US government wants to bomb Syria to hide the fact that the chemical weapons were produced and sold by the US government.
The rush to war has been the American way. To wait for the UN to produce evidence justifying their claim that the Syrian regime was responsible is not part of the American and British agenda. Even with leaders in both Parliament and Congress asking that they vote on approval of a Syrian strike-- these voices are being ignored. Many Americas are war weary and feel the issues here at home are more important than what is happening in the Middle East. Faced with high unemployment, a healthcare debacle, scandals, and the uncertainty of the future, Americans do not want involvement with Syria. Americans are wondering why we are spending billions of dollars in Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Pakistan when our infrastructure is falling apart, our schools are in decline and our cities are going bankrupt.
When it comes to the American government flouting international law, get in line with the American people, the Obama administration has been trampling the US Constitution since his election, why should international law be any different? We are still waiting on Benghazi, Fast and Furious, IRS, NSA, and the DOJ investigations where Constitutional Law has been broken. Many Americans feel this administration has overstepped its authority many times without consequences. Who will hold the US and UK accountable for war on Syria? No one! Russian and China may talk a big talk but will they back it up?
Americans have been indoctrinated to the new language of justifying war. Daily the media bombards the air wave with phrases like “could aid terrorism”, “threat to national security”, “defend democracy”, “war on terror”, “capitalism, liberty and democracy are under attack,” “the constant threat of terror”, and the one that prepares us for war-“the red line has been crossed.” The language of war just prepares us for another war and it looks like Syria is the next stop.
So Mr. Walid Muallem, I understand your frustration with the US government. I understand how difficult it is to fight against the American media, the neocons, the progressives and the apathy of those who just don’t care. America government and media has judged your country guilty and there is nothing you can do, judgment is about to reign down on you.