Keller @ Large: U.S. Failing To Learn From 9/11 As Syrian Crisis Continues

May 29, 2012 12:00 AM
Keller @ Large: U.S. Failing To Learn From 9/11 As Syrian Crisis Continues
BOSTON (CBS) – Do you remember the aftermath of September 11, 2001?

" Many of us vowed that we would never again allow ourselves to become complacent about foreign affairs, about the sponsorship of mass murderers by rogue states that created a safe haven for Al Qaeda to plot its attacks on us.

We wouldn’t look the other way, many of us said, while barbarians slaughtered civilians, just because it wasn’t happening on American soil. And we wouldn’t shrink from bringing America’s unequaled clout to bear on unacceptable violence elsewhere, even when we were tired of the financial and human cost taking that role entails.

Here we are a little more than ten years later, and we’re doing everything we said we wouldn’t do.

For more than a year, the government of Syria has been systematically suppressing a civilian uprising against decades of oppression by the Assad regime by indiscriminately massacring civilians. Syria, Iran, North Korea, Iraq under Saddam Hussein, they’re all cut from the same mold, dictatorial regimes lining their pockets as they decimate their economies and brutalize religious minorities and political dissenters "

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