The indecent haste with which US President Barak Obama is pressing for and preparing for a military solution to the chemical attack that resulted in 1,400 lives being lost (according to US intelligence sources) in Syria without the evidence of the UN-led group, and his subsequent statements that he is not bound solely by the US Congress's vote to undertake this "adventure", reeks of a George W Bush-type politics, which the world collectively has turned its face against, and seriously undermines US's credibility in the world.
The fact that the parliamentary representatives of his staunchest ally in Europe, Britain, have voted against a military solution to resolving the current conflict in Syria, strengthens the need for a different approach.
President Obama's approach further undermines his position as a Nobel Peace Prize winner and gives greater credence to his critics' view that his elevation to this Nobel status was premature and undeserved. Coupled with this is that next door, in Egypt, during last month, over 1,000 supporters of the democratically elected regime of President Mohammed Morsi were gunned down by members of the military regime that has now seized controlled of that country. This did not elicit the same kind of response by the Obama Administration, only a verbal condemnation and contemplation of reduction of military aid to that country.
A life is a life, whether in Syria or Egypt, whether the means of death are bullets or chemical substances the same red line needs to be drawn, or is it that one is an ally of US and the other falls in the George W Bush-designated "axis of evil" camp?
This two-faced approach by the Obama Administration calls into question whether the USA can be counted on as a fair and just arbiter in the world, and supports former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's diktat that USA doesn't have friends, they have interests.
The question we need to ask ourselves is, has the intervention by the USA in Afghanistan, Iraq or Libya, and by extension in the world over the last decade or more, made the world a safer place? The ghosts of September 11, 2001 are a clear and present reminder of the designs and capabilities of the implacable enemies of the United States of America, such as the jihadists and al-Qaeda terrorists.
Is it therefore too much to expect President Obama to release the 5 Cuban anti-terrorist fighters who, this September, will be marking 15 years behind the bars of US prisons for the 'crime' of defending their homeland against the same kind of terrorism, hatched for the most part on US soil.
Brother Obama, heed the call of the more sober-mined leaders at the current G-7 summit in Moscow who are urging a diplomatic solution, and play the role that we all expect you to play as a transformational leader, in making the world a safer place.