Actor, karate champion, and Obama critic Chuck Norris weighs in on the Syria crisis. His message to Obama: 'Quit taking the bait' from Syrian President Assad.
Chuck Norris has a plan for dealing with the Syrian situation.
Why should US officials care about the foreign policy opinions of an actor best known for feet and fists of fury? Because he’s an expert in conflict, he says.
“As a six-time world karate champion, I know something about fighting, winning and losing,” writes Mr. Norris in an opinion piece on the right-leaning WorldNetDaily.
First off, when it comes to the Norris view of how to respond to the Bashar al-Assad regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons, roundhouse kicks are not involved. Norris is not calling for himself, Sylvester Stallone, and Bruce Willis to parachute into Syria and end the civil war by hot-wiring Scud missiles and using them to blow up President Assad’s chemical weapons depots.
Although that would be awesome.
However, Norris is proceeding from an unusual assumption. According to him, Assad wants the US to bomb Syria. The wily Syrian leader – “a dealer in lunacy and a high-risk roller autocrat,” in Norris’s words – used chemical weapons knowing President Obama might react with US munitions.
In Norris’s formulation, by using poison gas Assad showed his supporters that he won’t back down – for him, the civil war is do-or-die. And US air strikes would only increase sympathy for Assad among his international allies such as Russia and Iran and the many anti-American Middle East factions.