Peter Alter
Peter Alter
Archivist
Chicago History Museum

Should the United States support the Arab Spring uprisings with troops?

Just about every morning as I’m getting ready for work, I hear on the news about revolutions across Southwest Asia and North Africa. This includes countries like Egypt, Syria, and Yemen.

Many times this year anti-government demonstrators have taken to the streets of Cairo, Egypt and come together in Tahrir Square there.  According to news reports, the Syrian government attacks pro-democracy and anti-government demonstrators with war planes and ships.  Do you think the U. S. should support these uprisings with its military?

Abraham Lincoln sent U.S. troops to war in the South, in part, to save the Union during the Civil War. The country went to war around the globe during World War II to fight against the Axis Powers and for freedom.  Recently, the government supported the bombing of Libya to help Libyan rebels against a dictator.

When, if ever, do you think, U.S. troops should get involved in fighting for freedom in other countries? I look forward to reading your ideas; this is a difficult question to think about.

Discussion closed on March 12, 2012