There have been increased calls for the US to intervene in the ongoing Syrian civil war that has cost an estimated 70,000 lives. The loss of life is horrific, but an intervention is something that should be carefully evaluated by our leaders and by the American public.
There have been calls for boots on the ground, a no-fly zone, and sending weapons to the Syrian resistance, all of these are risky moves for the U.S. In Mogadishu we sent in the US Army to end the slaughter there, soldiers were killed and we unceremoniously left. Twenty years later Somalia is still a mess. The no-fly zone in Libya went from a no-fly zone to an attack on the government forces that delivered Libya into the hands of a government that does not seem to be friendly to us and may indeed be helping or sympathizing with terrorist organizations.
A similar problem exists with arming the Syrian rebels. We do not know their loyalties; they could be democrats fighting for freedom or they could be Islamic extremists like the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. We armed the Mujahideen to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan and after the Soviets left they turned on us.
The United States is going through a financial crisis, stretched thin across the globe and facing numerous threats. The situation in Syria is horrendous and should be ended as soon as possible but we must be very careful about getting involved.