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The West’s New Syrian War

June 11th, 2013 - 3:18 pm

Wasn’t it UN Ambassador Samantha Power, the genocide expert (which shows how little you need to know to be hailed as an expert), who talked about “responsibility to protect”? Didn’t she, and U.S. government policy, begin by talking about saving Libyan civilians and end with a Libyan murder of American officials?

Meanwhile the UN has asked for $5 billion in humanitarian aid to Syria, much of which will go to neighboring countries to help refugees. There are now said to be 1.6 million refugees, with that number perhaps to double by the end of the year. The need is desperate. Up to half the population of the country needs help.

But who would administer that help? Presumably, no aid would be handed out to the regime to use in areas it controls, so other than Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon (to help refugees), the money would end up in the hands of al-Qaeda, the Salafists, and the Muslim Brotherhood (to steal, pay their own people salaries, and to use to consolidate their power over different areas).

The United States is considering taking in hundreds of thousands of people who would probably be mostly resettled in California, Illinois, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. Power and National Security Council director Susan Rice are known to favor receiving many refugees.

Yet the policy is based on an illusion. Let’s say that weapons are given to the rebels. Will they win the war? Will that reduce civilian casualties? Which side will kill more people? Is a rebel victory going to make Syria a better place, more of a democracy? How many more refugees would a rebel victory generate? Say about 30 percent are Alawites, Christians, and Druze who would be oppressed by a rebel triumph, as would relatively secular Sunni urban middle-class Muslims. They might flee the country. How many new wars will come out of the Syrian civil war?

This does not in any way mean one should want the Assad regime—which is a pro-Iran, pro-Hizballah, oppressive and anti-American government—to win. Yet it isn’t winning the war, but merely making local gains to control the minimum territory for its survival.

Let’s put it this way: a U.S. and Western intervention in Syria is more problematic than the interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya put together. It very well might produce a worse political solution than in Egypt (where cabinet members discuss how the United States is an enemy against which war might be waged) or Tunisia. It can almost be guaranteed to be worse than Iraq.

This is a very dangerous, risky, and likely failed policy that is being set in motion here.

 

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The Syrian killing spree didn't happen out of thin air, nor did all the regional explosions which happened under Obama's ring of fire. They had quite a few "hidden hands" and this is not conspiracy talk. More to the point, the Pyromaniac-in-Chief must be exposed for this and that - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/05/30/war-drums-blaring-the-commander-in-chief-is-awol-russia-in-charge-irans-axis-ascendant-israel-left-dangling-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

The next few weeks are crucial in my neck of the woods...my northern border is on fire!!


Adina kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
1 year ago
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This is the logical extension of sending weapons to the Mexican Mafia. Now our overseers want to send weapons to Muslim terrorists. We're nuts.
1 year ago
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"This is a very dangerous, risky, and likely failed policy that is being set in motion here." Yep, yet another potential feather in Obama's cap. (With Obama I'm assuming any failure is deliberate -- the bigger the disaster, the more Syrians who'll land in America. Just another Obama goal to "transform America.")
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Grim analysis indeed with the added possibility of extending the suicidal immigration policy of Europe to the US. Having post colonial academics actually running major Western counties is a thoroughgoing disaster.
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Why is it that the oil rich states, which are in demand of cheap labor are never willing to take in fellow arab refugees? They are such hypocrites.

Susan Rice and Samantha Power have more than humanitarian motives for wanting the U.S. to take in hundreds of thousands of Arab, Muslim refugees. Of course they will eventually become citizens. And eventually their votes can become important enough to erode domestic support for Israel.

Once Arabs and Muslims become U.S. citizens, they seem to shed their previous national identities and take on the identity of Arab-American and Muslim-American. The only exception, of course, is "Palestinian-American." This designation survives emigration into any country. And not only does it not fade, it enlarges itself in each succeeding generation.
Samantha Power and Susan Rice will use every and any tactic to undermine support for Israel.
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A truly ugly choice, but I could state a preference. I would rather deal with the al-Qaida terrorists than a confederation of Iran, Russia, and Hezbollah. Taking Hezbollah's supply route away from them and killing a large number of them and denying Russia its port on the Mediterranean Sea would be preferable.
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I'd rather Assad won. A corrupt bloodthirsty fascist dictator is better than than a corrupt bloodthirsty Islamic Republic looking destabilize adjacent countries.
1 year ago
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Oh my, displaced people to be resettled in the US ... it should be or, it sounds good, then, unfavorable in the long run. When that happens, the US will evolve into a new ... actually, though the war is an impetus to disperse populations, it brings with it an unimaginable emergence of a US-Islamic culture ? That's for certain ! And ( we can thank Susan Rice and Party ), if that's the possible case, our kind of peace will really take on an overhaul in meaning and definition. Let's brace ourselves.
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