Conservative actor Chuck Norris is using his experience "as a six-time world karate champion" to advise President Barack Obama not to attack Syria because he says that the only threat the country poses "is to the commander-in-chief's pride, ego and his willingness to humble himself for the sake of our military and country’s future."
"As a six-time world karate champion, I know something about fighting, winning and losing," Norris wrote in his World Net Daily column on Sunday. "Sometimes one has to lose a battle to win a war, if only in appearance before certain others. And the truth is, Mr. President, sometimes you win, sometimes you learn. My advice is to learn it now before it’s too late for all of us."
Norris argued that Syrian President Basher al-Assad "launched sarin gas on its citizens in hope of moving the U.S. like a chess piece into his civil war and deeper onto the Middle East war map."
"Proof of the president’s shortsightedness is his naive strategy of a 'limited' military campaign in Syria," the actor explained. "What a joke and mockery to any opponent or rational mind! What professional fighter says, 'I’m going to go into the ring and throw a series of blows and then get out,' as if the opponent has no bearing on counter measures? One can’t limit an attack when you’re kicking hornets’ nests or throwing matches on gasoline!"
Norris warned that the dangers of a "limited" military strike outweighed the benefits.
"It is no exaggeration to say that a single, unilateral U.S. strike on Syria could spark fires that lead to the inferno of World War III," he said.
In the end, Norris recommended building international support and then deciding whether a multi-nation attack, arming Syrian rebels or covert actions made the most sense.
"Assad placed Obama (and, hence, America) in checkmate when he launched chemical weapons upon his people," he concluded. "The temptation is to blow up his chess pieces. But the right and wise move is to step away from the table, quit playing his game and form our own."