Listening much to Sean Hannity isn’t something I personally care for, but I happened to catch a portion of last evening’s radio show while driving. In the few minutes of listening, I managed to capture the flawed neo-con logic at its greatest moment as Hannity berated a caller who disagreed with the recent missile strike to a Syrian airbase.
The caller made the argument that while the sarin gas supposedly used by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was a horrific example of war crime, it did not justify American intervention. If anyone were to get involved, it should have been countries from within that region – either Israel or Jordan. These countries are our allies, and since they neighbor Syria, it should have been them who dealt with Assad.
Hannity was quick to say that America, as the leader of the world, had the responsibility, unlike Israel or Jordan. When pushed further, he began berating the caller and asked “Are you okay with children dying?“. The caller was given a false choice. Either he was in favor of military intervention against Assad, or he was okay with children dying. What a cowardly position for Hannity to take!
Not only was the argument foolish, but it is gravely flawed. If the argument was to be used against Hannity and his allies, then they would be the ones in the hot seat. So far, it seems only America responded to Assad’s attack with military action, which means that Israel and Jordan did not. Since only America took action, that means everyone else, including Israel, Sean’s favorite foreign nation, is okay with children being murdered. This is his argument, not mine.
When Hannity’s flawed logic is applied to human rights disasters of the past, then it seems that Hannity himself is very comfortable with children being slaughtered. The war in Darfur has been going on for decades. The United Nations believes 300,000 people have been victims of the genocide. America has not intervened. Hannity is okay with this. In September 2016 The Telegraph reported that 250 children had been gassed by their own government. America did nothing. Hannity gave little, if any, attention to this. He has not called for American intervention. Hannity does not care that children are being gassed to death. He is okay with the slaughter of innocent women and children.
The argument is stupid, and one that is used as a means to demonize people who disagree with interventionism. It is sad that Hannity stoops to such lows in order to justify acts of war on Donald Trump’s behalf. Luckily, his influence is confined to Fox News and talk radio, sectors of media that continue to be diminished by alternative independent news sources on the internet.