Between the Obama administration, the media getting everything wrong, the Russians, and who knows how many other factions, the situation with Syria is not understood by the American people. This diversion is on purpose. The more confused the American people, the more they trend to the propaganda put out by the Obama administration favoring a strike against the Syrian government.
But why? What is lost in translation?
1) Factionalism – The war in Syria is Shiite vs Sunni. This ancient rivalry started as to the successor to Mohammed’s leadership over Islam. While the Sunnis believe in the most holy man being the head, the Shiites insisted on the leader be a blood descendant of the prophet. Two countries, Syria and Iran, are Shiite dominated governments. Iraq can claim to have a majority population of Shiite, but it is by no means half of the country when the Kurds are considered.
The Arab countries calling for US intervention are all Sunni. al-Qaeda are a faction of Sunni. Yes, Sunni have smaller factions. For example, Saudi Arabia are Salafi. The equivalent of this in the West are the Puritans of the 1600s.
2) Caliphate – The Muslim Brotherhood’s stated primary goal is the reinstatement of the Caliphate. This existed at the time of the Crusades, where the Arab world was united under such leaders as Saladin, opposing the West’s preoccupation with acquiring Jerusalem. At one point, from Spain to Pakistan was under a united banner. This disintegrated, leaving the nations we see today. One of those powers, the Ottoman Empire, expanded to the gates of Vienna before being pushed back. It controlled the entire east coast of the Mediterranean as well.
After World War I, and the defeat and independence of multiple nations in the old Ottoman Empire’s realm, the Muslim Brotherhood came into being. They saw an advantage of the unified front against the West, so developed a plan to recreate the Ottomans, along with Egypt to Morocco to recreate the old empire under strict Islamic rule. Two nations are in the way of this reconstitution of the Caliphate, Israel the Jewish State and Syria the Shiite State. With these two eliminated, it leaves intimidation to bring Jordan and Lebanon into the fold.
3) Oil – Conspiracy theorists bring this up, and it is a factor. Calling it the only, or the primary factor, however, ignores the history of the region.
4) Alliances – When the United States allied with Israel, Jordan, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, the USSR allied with Syria and Iraq during the cold war. The agreement between Syria and the USSR is as iron clad as that of NATO. If Syria is attacked, Russia, who has maintained the treaty, obligates itself to intervene with all means at its disposal, including nuclear strikes against opponents. None of the media explain this factor in why Russia is countering Obama’s actions so vigorously. We can all be honest. Putin has no desire to have a war. But, his obligation to the treaty outweighs his desire not to fight. If the US forces the issue, World War III could very well break out.
5) Chemical Weapons – Syria’s chemical weapons originally deterred Israel from invading beyond the Golan Heights, which were given back to Syria eventually after their capture. Long speculated, due to Syria and Iraq’s mutual friend of the USSR, Saddam Hussein’s gas stockpile could have migrated to Syria before the second Iraq War. Thus, why George W Bush and his administration could not find chemical weapons after the second invasion despite intelligence evidence to the contrary and presented in front of Congress by General Colin Powell.
However, evidence does exist both sides have chemical weapons in the war. It is believed the rebels, as well as the government, have used them. But, the media refuses to tell the American public this. In fact, unless the UN Inspector report says otherwise, more evidence exists of rebel use than government use except for the one incident. That incident is the spark starting all the speculation about a military strike.
6) Terrorists – Again, like chemical weapons, terrorists are on both sides of the conflict. al-Qaeda’s involvement, led by contingents from Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and especially vile, Libya, have committed atrocities against Christian ministers and people, performed filmed beheadings, set fire to people who were alive, and all other forms of violations of the Geneva Convention. Muslim Brotherhood terrorist cells are al-Qaeda’s allies in Syria, striving for their Caliphate. Some of these come from the war back in Yugoslavia. This will be relevant in the next point.
On the other side is the more famous Hezbollah organization, financed by Iran. Helping their fellow Shiites, Hezbollah has committed much of the same atrocities as al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood on the other side of the war, supporting the Syrian government.
7) Deception – Both sides have attempted to frame the other over the course of the war, to gain sympathy. From shelling from rebel forces into Turkey, to provoke them into invading, to staged ‘massacres’ where people got up after the photo shoot and walked home, the playing with the hearts and minds of the West to gain support is unprecedented. One of the major reasons for opposition to performing a strike on Syria comes from past deceptions of similar nation, such as when the West heavily involved itself with the Yugoslavian civil war. As reported, the Serbian Muslims staged phony events, eventually provoking NATO into acting. These deceptions, when discovered, did not appear in the media, only official reports eventually declassified, as discovery would have been disastrous to the public relations campaign waged in the West to persuade intervention.
8) Iran – Iran is Syria’s open ally. On queue, the moment Obama started talking missile strikes, Iran threatened Israel with attack if the United States attacked Syria. This is another avenue towards launching World War III. Iran threatened nuclear strikes. The West still believes the country has no nuclear weapons, but enough Sarin gas from their Syrian allies and the point is moot. The missile test earlier this week by Israel tested their air defense systems against such an attack. Remember, these threats come from the ‘moderate’ leader who replaced Ahmadinejad.
So, eight points. How does it all add up? Too many variables, no clear-cut choice to support and far too easy to make a mistake.
The only logical, rational option to take is staying out of the conflagration all together.
But, will that happen? I doubt it. Obama’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood are too strong. They cannot afford to lose Syria after losing Egypt to their own people being fed up with their strict rule. Obama continues to attempt restoration of the Brotherhood to Cairo, despite all the evidence of targeting Christians for death and other people for assassination. How far those ties sink into the United States President, his advisor Valerie Jarrett, and others will determine the ultimate action by the president.
If Obama does act without Congress, his presidency will come to an end. He will be impeached. The truth of his ties will be exposed. If the cowards in the GOP do not impeach him, and the war escalates he starts, things will turn as ugly in the United States as they do now in the Middle East.
The only action is staying out. Anything else could well be suicide.
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