I fall for neither side but the same move can probably be made about the fact that there are more Democrats who want to strike Syria. Either way, this will be an unfortunate lose-lose situation, imo.
I am in the same position as you, I think. It seems that there would be no good solution to this problem in Syria, and I can see the pros and cons of each outcome. It’s not nearly as black and white as people seem to want to make it. I will say, however, that it is extremely ironic to see all these people preaching “anti-strike” messages when they were pro-strike in 2003. They’re not necessarily Republican lawmakers, but also people I surround myself with who tend to be Republican. The irony lies in the fact that there is arguably more evidence in Syria than there ever was in Iraq, but Republicans oppose anything Obama does (and vice-versa…Democrats are no angels, either) and thus their opinion of a strike has done a complete 180 degree turn from 2003.
This is the article about Syria that most closely sums up my feelings on the issue.
I’d also like to take a swing at Republicans for a moment. Remember in 2003, when they (and most Democrats) were calling to go to war over a weapons report that wasn’t based in fact (claiming that Saddam Hussein had WMDs), and then we did and spent 10 years and $3 trillion on a quagmire there?
Now some of them are outspoken in opposing limited strikes against someone in Bashar Al-Assad who has been proven to use chemical weapons to kill thousands of his own citizens and violate the Geneva Convention.
…Don’t you see the irony there?
But by Republican logic, it’s ok to oppose action now because Obama’s president, right? They couldn’t ever allow him to have his way.
I went on a Twitter rant about this a couple of days ago, but sometimes 140 characters at one time just isn’t enough. I’m not sure who I’m writing this to. I don’t think the people who claim to read this shit even do. But if you do, I wish I could be more like you.
I know we’re (my peers and I) are in college. I know we’re supposed to be focused on starting a career and getting jobs and landing internships and doing our homework and all of that. Lately, however, I’ve noticed the people closest to me are becoming even increasingly absorbed in their work lives, myself included. It’s selfish.
I’m a work-a-holic. I’ll be the first to admit it. I’m always writing an article, writing a post, checking Twitter or sending an email. It’s a pain in the ass and I hate it. I also have to do it. Because if I do it now, maybe some day I won’t have to. As Julian Casablancas once said, “I’m workin’ so I don’t have to try so hard”. My issue comes with people who are so absorbed in their ambition or career that there is nothing else.
College is a time to expand professionally. Absolutely. In fact I would say it is the time to do so. But it’s also a time to expand personally. It’s a time to learn, experience, serve and love. But when you get so wrapped up in your work, all of these other things fall by the way-side.
A perfect example is where I go to school, in Champaign-Urbana. I am involved with a volunteer program (Big Brothers Big Sisters) here in CU. I go to a school on the East side of town a couple times a week and mentor a little guy. He doesn’t have a dad and he has 3 little sisters. At the age of 12, he’s the man of the house. Imagine that for a second. I can’t. It kills me every day to see my little guy and an obscenely large number of his peers who don’t have fathers or whose parents struggle to feed them every single day off of food stamps. Literally 4 blocks south of his school (a walk-able distance), business, natural science, liberal arts and engineering majors are so absorbed in their work to not give a fuck about the community. They’re too wrapped up in their own stuff. They can’t possibly imagine something bigger than what they’re involved in. To those people, I have a message: The world is bigger than you. What you’re doing is important, but it’s not the only important thing. No matter what. I don’t care if you’re President Obama, a graduate researcher or that really happy homeless guy on the corner of 6th and Green. What you’re doing is not exclusively important.
I don’t care if you’re running a radio station, discovering ancient ruins, finding a new type of sustainable energy, or finding new ways to defraud a 3rd world country (That’s a jab at you, business students. All in good fun). That’s great. I’m proud of you. What you’re doing may be important, but so is lending a helping hand to someone who needs it. Personal diversification is the name of the game. When we have as much time an ability as we do, the fact that CU volunteer organizations (or any volunteer organizations anywhere, for that matter) are struggling to find volunteers is really pretty sad.
I understand that jobs and careers are important. I know it’s just a defense for uncertainty; the future scares me more than probably anything. But what also matters are the futures of others, and if you can help them out, then society is better off as a whole. Being wrapped up in purely your work or your social life is selfish. Part of being successful in life is paving the way for others to be successful, too. If you’re only building something for yourself, then what’s the point?
I don’t mean to preach; I’m far from perfect. I wish I could give back an adequate amount. I’m trying to find the time but it’s hard. A lot of my stress lies in that I can’t do as much as I’d like to, especially in the community. A lot of people I know make absolutely no effort, though. And that’s what irks me the most.
I understand that spending time on one’s ambition is important, but I would caution people not to forget to give back. Maybe it’s worth not going out some nights or skipping work or class one day. At least I think it is. Everyone’s busy; why not take the time to change someone’s life? A little goes a long way.
Let me preface this by saying I have not been cheated on. This isn’t a response to something that has affected me personally, but rather things I’ve heard and experienced tangentially.
Man, there’s nothing I have less patience and more anger for than for people who cheat. Cheaters, and people who enable cheating (in a relationship sense) are the scum of the earth, and I actually mean that. Sorry if that offends you.
If you can’t take responsibility for your own actions, you’re nothing more than a coward. I can’t give you any respect by default.
So to anyone out there who cheats, or anyone who fucks around with someone and makes them cheat, you’re a scumbag. It doesn’t matter if you’re cool or you’re a nice person. It doesn’t matter if you’re my friend or someone I’ve never even met, if you can’t show responsibility for your own actions, I cordially invite you to fuck off.