The United States is considering air strikes against Syria, framing the choice as a humanitarian intervention. If human rights and mass slaughter are truly concerns, then why not invade a host of other countries? The Democratic Republic of Congo and Darfur are veritable bloodbaths right now, much worse than Syria. So why choose Syria?
The real reasons are economic and strategic: Syria is a gateway to Middle East natural resource supplies, and attacking Syria sparks a proxy war with Russia, the West's arch-nemesis. The United States does not care about humanitarianism; it is a superpower, and like all superpowers, it only has interests. Heck, the US even supported Indonesia's Suharto while he was massacring East Timorese, and covered its eyes while Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa murdered his country's Tamil population. Human rights do not matter. Money and power do.