It has nothing to do with gassed Syrians any more than the two gulf wars had to do with the Iraqis (Iraqi Kurds) against whom Saddam Hussein had also used chemical weapons.
The real interests are
1. The United States wants to show that despite its image as an autumning imperial power with the rise of competing imperialisms like Russia and China, that it is still
alive and kicking in its ability to police the world. It is in a territorial show down with Russia, whereas no one had opposed the US since the Cold War as Russia (despite
Russia being as much an immoralist and concerned with resources over human bodies in its dealings with Chechnya)
2 . Weapons of Mass Distraction. There is an urgency for the hysteria of humanitarian intervention. The hawks who applaud Jean Francois Hollande and Cameron would ask
why there is no intervention in Egypt–as Egypt had dominated international news before the question rose to the fore of attacking Syria to compensate for Assad’s chemical weapons.
It is possible that United States needs to distract the world of media hysteria from the fact that the West has decided to support a military coup regime in Egypt.
Morsi had carried out a despotic and arrogant rule persecuting any Egyptian who differed from his politics–which involved the new phenomenon of Islam Inc,
of Islamism supporting extreme economic liberalism exploiting the lower classes who had been their support base. Morsi persecuted any artist, intellectual, religious believer
or dissident not in line with salafi and Islamist conformism.
Millions of Egyptians protested against him asking him to resign after he violated his promises–this is a democratic act, the people have a right to ask a president who
betrayed them to resign, and they had voted for him because after the revolution there was no alternative party to that of the overthrown oppressor Hosni Mobarak (let out of prison under Morsi) other than the Muslim Brotherhood party.
When the Egyptians asked for a democratically elected president who turned into a megalomaniacal dictator to resign, the last expectation on the minds and hearts of many of these protestors could have been what the Wall Street Journal said in its article headline that “Egypt Needs a New Pinochet.(http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/jul/06/wall-street-journal-editorial-egypt-pinochet )
A war on Syria is necessary to distract as the United States switches its position on Egypt, has corrupted and stolen the Arab Spring, and is now trying to favor an Egyptian Pinochet–
it all happened so fast, the world’s media was paying attention as a military junta arose that might favor the US, which is not supposed to happen. Enter the fraud, the new
performance of so-called humanitarian intervention in Syria (humanitarian intervention in violation of all international legal principles since the age of Cicero through the Geneva convention until today)
The united states in its autumn, it wants to show it is not an impotent emperor and needs a standoff, whether yet another country is destroyed is irrelevant.
*(photo of Kerry having dinner with Assad, courtesy of Hamid Dabashi’s facebook page)