US Catholic scholars explain opposition to intervention in Syria
September 19, 2013
Two American Catholic intellectuals who strongly defended the war in Iraq, Michael Novak and George Weigel, tell the National Catholic Register why they now oppose American intervention in Syria.
Weigel defends his stance in favor of the Iraq war, saying "I still think it was necessary to compel regime change in Iraq, and the invasion was the only way to do that." But he sees no likelihood that military action against Syria would serve the cause of world peace, and notes that the Obama administration has failed to "define the appropriate end" for intervention.
Novak notes that Syrian rebels are in a weaker position now than months earlier, and suggests that the Obama administration "missed the opportunity" for effective involvement.