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Roger L. Simon

Emerson, Syria, and the Principal Enemy

August 28th, 2013 - 12:01 am

But at this particular moment the Muslim Brotherhood is on the run after a massive defeat in Egypt and al-Qaeda is al-Qaeda — depraved refugees from the year 800. We are going to be dealing with them for a long time, alas, at least until they stop trying to pull us all back into the Middle Ages.

Meanwhile, a decision looms about Syria. Which of the two sides is worse? Is there a principal enemy?

In the case of Syria, it’s clear. The principal enemy is and was that Arab nation’s masters in Iran.

Iran is there watching our every move to see how we will respond to what has now definitively been shown to be a grave chemical weapons attack.

If we don’t deal with this, why should we be expected to lift a finger to prevent a nuclear Iran?

Now I know some think that a nuclear Iran is not such a bad thing, that nuclear armed mullahs (pace their religious fanaticism) would suddenly be realists and behave in a responsible manner with their weapons like good members of the Politburo. Those people may be right, but gambling on such a transformation, given the history of the Islamic Republic, is not a bet I would like to take. The results from losing the bet are way too catastrophic.

These optimistic folks have allies in our credulous friends at the New York Times who have been busy studying the tweets from the new Iranian president Rouhani (“Reading Tweets from Iran”) as if they were holy writ, when they should be paying more attention to Ion Pacepa’s new book on how totalitarianism works — Disinformation.

But never mind. The real issue before us is in the coming days is Syria. Bret Stephens and Ralph Waldo Emerson are right: “If you strike at the king, you must kill him.”

Sadly, however, our president is unlikely to follow their prescription — unless Assad and his brother happen to be playing golf and are struck by an errant ball.

(Artwork based on a modified Shutterstock.com image.)

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Unfortunately , like most policy, the Obama regime has this one backwards and it seems the conservatives are rushing to get in lockstep with him.
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1- The internal problems in Syria could have been used to moderate the regime , undermine Soviet influence and improve Israel's strategic position. Instead the USA looks weaker than ever, the Soviets have gained prominence and folks living in Tel Aviv are appearing in record numbers to pick up gas masks.
2- The way to deal with Iran is NOT through Syria. The way to deal with Syria is through Iran. By dealing with Iran, knocking out its nuclear capabilities and decapitating it's maniacal government the once abandoned reform movement of Iran will have the opportunity to to reconstitute a real government. Once that happens Assad will back off for lack of Iranian support and the Russians will back off because of the economic peril they will face with someone reasonable at the Iranian oil spigot. A world flooded with Iranian oil will cost Putin billions. If ever a despot was motivated by money Putin is it.

Obama is in over his head and his advisors are clueless. Its the blind leading the blind at the White House.
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Mr. Simon, with all due respect, if you're so keen to go to war in Syria, I suggest you fly in the lead strike fighter. Or go in on the ground with the SEALs. Or whatever.

As a former Marine with combat tours in the Middle East, the Balkans and Afghanistan I can say that anyone who thinks we should get involved in combat or even air strikes in Syria needs to put down the bourbon bottle and sober up. Fast.
47 weeks ago
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This is a farce. Hegel was interviewed by a BBC reporter yesterday and came off sounding like a cretin. Carney spends his time twisting and turning, and obfuscating. Biden, well Biden is Biden, and that doesn't require further elucidation. Kerry, a tonsorial masterpiece, drones on. Obama golfs. An attack on Syria is insanity. The administration has already gone out of its' way to minimize its' goals. Its' merely a face-saving gambit to save The Anointed One the embarrassment for having shot his mouth off once too often. All of the harrumphing about evil chemical weapons is theater. If our Muslim brothers wish to annihilate each other, let them, with whatever means they have on hand.
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Yes the Assad family would have to be eliminated, but there is no mention of the real total cost in lives. There is also zero chance of any real peaceful democratic state as the end result. Sarah said it "let the muslims sort it out". A very low cost strategy in both money and American lives. Very little of this international chaos would have happened were she the president these last 4 plus years.
46 weeks ago
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Roger, I agree. And the truth is not all of Assad's enemies are AlQaida, many of them are people who actually want a better life. AlQaida are parasites and they follow chaos and mayhem. And there is plenty of that in Syria. However, Assad's friends number Russia, Iran, Hezbellah, Hamas and the PLO. I do think that if Assad gets away with this more murder will follow. I understand that people are tired of all this. They are sick of the Middle East, the Arab world, and fanatical Islam. They have had enough, but the sad truth that we will have to deal with these people no matter how tired, disgusted and disillusioned we might be.
46 weeks ago
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BTW - have y'all forgotten about the Chinese sub that was only observed when it was LEAVING the coast of California.
My, what short memories we have. I wonder if they have one (OR TEN) there now, or if they gave that technology to the Russian military.

You see, there's just not much thinkin' being done out there, is there?
46 weeks ago
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Al Quida terrorists used Sarin gas in May, 2013.
http://www.infowars.com/cias-al-qaeda-mercenaries-in-syria-caught-with-sarin-gas/

To any who may think this provocation is just another incident in the world of lost incidents, consider this: There will be an incident that will start Armagedon. Barack ben Osama KNOWS THAT RUSSIA IS IN SYRIA "IN FORCE" YET barry IS GOING THERE ANYWAY. Don't be fooled by the supposed deep contemplation and consideration that the Leftist media is painting for the gullible. HE'S GOIN' IN!
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HEY, both sides are our enemy! Why not let them alone to duke it out. We save money we don't have, U.S military resources that are dwindling and we save U.S. lives. To me, there has got to be a Sunni VS Shia component in all of this.
46 weeks ago
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More evidence - the terrorists did it!
http://www.brasschecktv.com/videos/the-middle-east-1/the-horrorof-false-flag-attacks.html

And here Turkey finds the terrorists with sarin gas:
http://rt.com/news/sarin-gas-turkey-al-nusra-021/
46 weeks ago
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Not my words, the words of experts:
"Western experts on chemical warfare who have examined at least part of the footage are skeptical that weapons-grade chemical substances were used, although they all emphasize that serious conclusions cannot be reached without thorough on-site examination.
"Dan Kaszeta, a former officer of the U.S. Army’s Chemical Corps and a leading private consultant, pointed out a number of details absent from the footage so far: ‘None of the people treating the casualties or photographing them are wearing any sort of chemical-warfare protective gear,’ he says, ‘and despite that, none of them seem to be harmed.’"
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My 'how very academic and so rational' of you to suggest murdering the president of another country.
I see that Hussein Obama has made another convert.
46 weeks ago
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If you can stomach watching the quisling Obama heres the garbagae from his own mouth on Syria -

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/171392#.Uh64FuCUAy4
46 weeks ago
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Sorry, I get sick just listening to the AntiChrist anymore.
"Another's voice they will not follow."
46 weeks ago
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Lemme simplify this for the idjits out there.

The short version is that our government wants to kill a guy who isn't trying to kill us. This same guy has been killing muslim militants for quite some time. Meanwhile, our government is now supporting the guys who not only want to kill us, but who are also trying to kill the guy our government wants to kill.

Russia and China let us play in Iraq and Afghanistan. They've been fighting Muslim militants for years and on their own soil. As long as we were killing muslim militants, they could deal. In fact, they were like, 'welcome to the party, pal.' Now that we're helping muslim militants, instead of killing them, and now that we're going after a guy who hasn't hurt us in any way, they're like, 'wft, dude? That's just not gonna happen on our watch.'

So, now we might have to kill Russian and Chinese folks, too. All because we want to kill someone who is trying to kill our enemies.


46 weeks ago
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I don't understand how so many people don't get this, if we go to war with Assad, we're going to war for Al Queda.

Any and everyone that wants us to overthrow Assad should be treated as an Al Queda affiliate.
46 weeks ago
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"if we go to war with Assad, we're going to war for Al Queda"

This statement is as wrong as having said circa 1941, "if we oppose Hitler we are doing it for Stalin".

No, if we act against Assad as part of a sound strategy focused on destroying (or at least seriously degrading) the Iran Axis then we will be acting to destroy the greatest immediate threat to the US and its allies.

The Iran Axis is the only system in the world which features: a radical, expansionist anti-American ideology which has a track record of motivating people around the world; a growing and sophisticated system of WMD and ICBM R&D; a global terror network; and, control or potential control of a vast amount of the world's oil reserves.

A lot of PJM commenters seem to shake in their boots when they think about AQ and the MB but such groups are nothing but an unwashed mob in comparison. It was the Khomenists who gave the modern Muslim world the inspiring example of an actual Islamist government with global aspirations and reach. In comparison the writings of Al Bana and Qutb are frustrated post-adolescent scribbles.

Acting decisively against the Iran Axis, even if it gives temporary advantage to MB and AQ, is merely following wise advice,

"Of two evils, always choose the lesser one" - Thomas à Kempis

IMHO, the issue is not should the US act decisively against the Iran Axis, but is there any hope that BHO is at all capable of doing so.
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