Dr. Assad Meet Dr. Mengele
Indeed there is. Because of the moral confusion at the heart of our administration, the USA and by extension the West have their priorities screwed up. The downfall of Assad would mean big trouble for the mullahs, Hezbollah, and Hamas -- good things for the region and the world. The downfall of Gaddafi would mean what exactly? Nobody knows. An al-Qaeda regime? The Muslim Brotherhood? Some oil contracts for the French?
I am not trying to say we should defend the horrendous Gaddafi. Nor, for that matter, although it was a much closer call, should we have defended Mubarak. There is no long run benefit defending secular despots. Also our sympathies must go to the victims of their atrocities, to those seeking freedom, even if we must keep our eyes wide open for unfortunate consequences, notably of the Islamist kind.
But during all this, there is no question that the foreign policy of the United States is simply ad hoc. It doesn’t exist. The secretary of State was in cloud-cuckoo-land when she called Assad a reformer, the same totalitarian-loving cloud she inhabited when she bussed Suha Arafat.
The president himself has no real values, only vague notions received from lamebrain post-modernist professors or, worse, the Walt-Mearsheimer-Rashid Khalidi nexus. But the virulent anti-Israel views of the latter crowd seem particularly laughable today. The Israelis would have to be genuine imbeciles to make the kinds of concessions these people want, considering the homicidally insane behavior their neighbors are currently exhibiting. (That includes recent Palestinian activities like firing missiles into school buses, murdering worshippers, and beheading peace activists.)
So horrifying as this all is -- maybe we are in a teaching moment (except for Walt and Mearsheimer who, no doubt, will continue to blame Israel for everything. What's worth more -- a Harvard education or a subscription to Vogue?)
Meanwhile, PJMedia will continue to do its best to bring you the news from Syria as it develops -- with the appropriate CONTENT WARNINGS.