"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" -- Edmund Burke.
America and our allies would be wise to heed Burke's warning in regard to the ongoing slaughter in Syria by Bashar al-Assad, the megalomaniac of the Middle East.
Appeasing Assad through military inaction only damages America's foreign policy credibility worldwide at the very time we need to show strength through force.
We can no longer refrain from retaliating against Assad for his conspicuous crimes against humanity, particularly the mass murder of innocent civilians by chemical weapons -- including women and children as they slept.
It's no secret that Assad is a ruthless and bloodthirsty dictator who has unleashed the worst type of terrorism against his own people.
The sad situation in Syria has only worsened as world governments feebly watch in horror but fail to act. Yet history has shown that appeasing evil tyrants begets worse atrocities.
In short, the only language dictators and despots understand is that of brute force, especially in the Middle East of all places. That's why any equivocation by America is viewed by Assad and other regional despots as a sign of weakness and a green light to continue mass murder and terrorism against civilians.
Thus by failing to act now we are sending a dangerous message to our enemies -- like Iran and North Korea, for instance. That message is that America can no longer be counted on as the global champion and fearless defender of basic freedoms and human rights.
America needs to stop shedding crocodile tears.
What we desperately need is a strong and consistent foreign policy in the Middle East. A foreign policy that recognizes our friends and punishes our enemies when they cross any proverbial "red line" America sets.
Time to Bomb Bashar
Assad is guilty of multiple documented war crimes since the start of the Syrian revolution two years ago. Syria's civil war has reportedly left more than 100,000 civilians dead and millions more wounded or displaced. Further, our key regional allies Turkey and Jordan are facing a destabilizing refugee crisis of mass proportions involving millions of displaced Syrians.
Therefore, all things considered, it's no surprise that conservative, moderate and progressive voices from across the political spectrum have coalesced in calling for swift and significant military action now.
These voices range from the likes of war hero Sen. John McCain and others in Congress to the editorial pages of the Washington Post and other influential news outlets worldwide.
The longer we wait to act in Syria the further it appears that America has lost its moral compass as a world power. Moreover, the longer we stall the more likely it becomes that Assad will order more devastating chemical weapons attacks against civilian population centers or America's regional allies.
And if we continue to let Assad get away with such barbaric war crimes, other evil dictators and terrorists will surely follow in his path without fear of retribution.
That's why America must stop procrastinating as evil triumphs in Syria.
That's why the time for bold and decisive military action is now.
* Note: All views and opinions are those of the author only.
** A similar version of this post appeared Aug. 24 on Politix.com