The Syria Situation


I do not question that Assad needs to go away. His regime is pure, well, Muslim. So, let’s look at what we (the world) get if we help the rebels get into power. First, we get a, well, Muslim regime; perhaps a different sect, but Muslim nonetheless. Remember, Islam is not strictly a religion, it is a religion, a governmental philosophy, a dictate on how you live, work, and punish transgressors. The difference between the Assad regime and any other Muslim regime is who is calling the shots and who their allies are.

Assad is allied with Iran and Iraq. The other guys are (maybe) allied with Saudi Arabia. I’m having a problem seeing the difference here. Taking a look at Saudi Arabia, what makes them the good guys? Saudi Christians are beheaded and foreign Christians are flogged and deported. Women are not even considered in the sphere of human existence and are only chattel.

On the other hand, there is a major Muslim Brotherhood presence in Syria. I don’t know of anyone who would look at these warm fuzzy people as friends.

I’m having a problem seeing the difference here (but I repeat myself). For the US to get involved in this situation is a serious lose-lose proposition. OK, so we put a new Muslim regime in power, where is the guarantee they will be our friends? Seems like we had the same crocodile tears from a despot in Cuba in 1959.

Now to get slightly off topic, people say that we should wait for the UN to finish their investigation into the gassing events. Well, these people have the credibility of that same crocodile from 1959. If the “O” thinks he will get any corroboration at the UN he is still smoking that stuff he wants to legalize. I would venture a guess that over 70% of the UN wants to blame us for every ill in the world and the Syria situation will be no different.

Do I have a solution for the Syria situation, no I don’t and neither does any other sane person. We look at Muslim extremist and lament how they want to kill non-Muslims but look at who they target the most, other Muslims. Muslim on Muslim attacks far outnumber Muslim on non-Muslim attacks. That is the way it has always been and always will be. People who know me know that I have an unfailing faith in the Word of God. In Genesis 16:11 – 12 it is recorded, “The angle of the Lord said to her (Hagar) ‘Behold, you are with child, and you will bear a son; and you shall call his name Ishmael, because the Lord has given heed to your affliction. He will be a wild donkey of a man, his hand will be against everyone, and everyone’s hand will be against him; and he will live to the east of all his brothers.’” Ishmael is the father of the Arabs and hence Muslims. Nothing has changed in the last 4000 years. The only change was that Mohammed (if he really existed) merely gave focus to their hatred. That focus was to hate everyone. They live for hate. It is difficult to know who they hate more, Muslims of a different sect, Jews, Christians, Hindus, or whoever happens to be handy.

No, there is no reasonable solution to the Syria situation and the sooner the “O” realizes that and shuts his mouth the better. He is just becoming more of an embarrassment than Joe Biden.

As always, questions and discussion are always welcome.



7 thoughts on “The Syria Situation

  1. As I understand it, the Koran says a Muslim who kills anther Muslim should be punished with death. If that is the case, there should be a lot of Muslims being executed by other Muslims. Perhaps that is what they are trying to do, these Sunnis and Shiites. Or else they are terrible hypocrites. ( A little tongue in cheek there.)

    As for Syria, my opinion is that it doesn’t matter which side used chemical weapons, (assuming any were actually used). If we support the rebels, we are giving aid and comfort to those (Al Qaeda) who have attacked us in the relatively recent past and in so doing murdered thousands of Americans. And if we support Assad, we are still supporting a government that a would like to see us gone. I believe it is their war- let them work it out for themselves. I see no reasonable stake the US has there- not even oil is worth our giving aid or comfort to our enemies. Supporting either side makes US the hypocrites.

  2. Excellent and concise, as usual, Dan. As you mentioned about Hagar, there will never be peace in the middle east. Ishmael and Isaac will war until this planet closes its eyes and breathes its last. No accord or peace talks are ever going to change this. O is in this war simply to show his support of Muslims and his own heritage. His problem is that he doesn’t know WHICH Muslims to support. His own country has wars and hunger, but he will spend billions to support a bloody nation.

    In the 70’s there was a popular bumper sticker that said, “Kill them all, let God sort it out.” Sarah Palin recently said, “Let them [Muslims] kill each other, and let Allah sort it out. I think she’s correct, even though it was said as rather tongue in cheek. There is another saying I heard recently: “When your enemy is trying to commit suicide, don’t stand in his way.” The point is, Why are we even still there, fighting a war that is not ours? Now is when we need to practice a little Isolationism. We don’t need them, we don’t want their political influence, we are infidels to them and only deserve death – why encourage this sado-masichism? Why are we playing with scorpions? If we opened our own fuel resources, we could bankrupt the Middle East, giving them something else to spend their time fixing, rather than going after us. Just my humble opinion.

  3. I think Dan’s latest is probably the best idea. We should change the way our nation does business so that we don’t have to depend on other nations so much (boy! Lots of ground to cover there!) so that we don’t have as much at stake supporting or opposing foreign entities. Being constrained to support or oppose puts us in the kind of conundrum we are now discussing. This is certainly not the first time we’ve encountered a foreign policy situation in which there is no good course of action. And it certainly won’t be the last. I would temper the words of a previous correspondent who suggests that now would perhaps be a good time for a little isolationism. Isolating ourselves from the world is subtly but critically different from making ourselves independent from the world. I think it’s independence we should seek.

  4. Ishmael was also the son of Abraham. Sara was jealous of Hagar and selfish as she didn’t want Isaac to have to share his inheritance with Ishmael. At Sara`s insistence, Abraham sent Hagar and Ishmael off into the desert to die. But God saved Hagar and Ishmael and promised to make him into a great nation -the Muslim nation to which you refer. Genesis 21: 8-21
    Dan, you are using scripture to devalue a race of people – descendants of a wild donkey, incapable peace, unworthy of our help. You are saying that all Muslims are the same, and all Muslims are enemy combatants. I guess that includes the children who are being gassed and made refugees.
    Do you think that Jesus values American children more than Arab children? Do you think he values you more than Assad?
    Luckily, the judgment of humanity is up to God, not us.
    We can still strike the WMDs without putting boots on the ground. But that would get in the way of what everyone in this thread wishes would happen – a genocide of the Arabs. Just let them kill each other? C`Mon guys. Or did I miss that lesson in Sunday school?

    • Chris, you make some excellent points. No, I don’t think Christ values American children more than Arab children. But it is not Americans gassing the Arab children. At this point there fairly credible evidence from a rebel sympathizer who was held captive by the rebels that the rebels are the perpetrators of the 21 Aug gas attack. If true, this would completely invalidate Obama’s excuse for bombing. Also, the rebels are closely aligned with AL Qaeda, the same sweethearts that took down the Twin Towers 12 years ago today.
      Also, with regards to your comment “You are saying that all Muslims are the same, and all Muslims are enemy combatants.” There are different levels of combat. Some soldiers are in the back lines lending support. There is active support, supplying guns and beans, and passive support, saying NOTHING in outrage of the atrocities committed by other Muslims. Where is the outrage by “peace-loving Muslims” which I feel is an oxymoron. More and more of the madrassas are being built and funded by the Saudi Wahhabi sect. This is the most militant/radical sect in Islam. Where are the “peace-loving Muslims” objecting to the control of their religion by these radicals? I would argue that silence from these is the same as support.
      If we strike Assad’s chemical weapons manufacturing and storage that would, in my opinion, be an attack based on faulty evidence. I would not even call it Intelligence because of the evidence stated above. It sounds like good old fashioned police detective work is call for. Please do not misunderstand me, I firmly believe that Assad’s chemical/biological weapons should be destroyed but with over 50 storage facilities in Syria that equates to an entire air campaign, not just a couple of pin-pricks. Bombing a chemical/biological storage facility does not destroy but rather releases the chemical/biological agent.
      As far as genocide is concerned, take a look at Iraq. We put a new regime in power and look what is happening there. Shia vs. Sunni fighting is escalating. As I stated in my original posting, Muslim vs. Muslim is something that is going to happen much more than Muslim vs. non-Muslim. That is something we cannot control. We Americans did not make the Arab the way he is, God did. The Arabs I am aware of who have become Christian do not have the violent inclinations because of Christ in their hearts.
      As a side note, be careful of referring to Ishmael as the father of the Muslim nation. The largest Muslim nation is Indonesia which is not Arab. Ishmael was the father of the Arab nation.
      Chris, I greatly appreciate your thoughtful and reasoned comment.

  5. Well said, Dan. Silence is easy to interpret as tacit approval, and I have not heard any Muslims speaking out against the terrorists, only whining about being put upon by people who have been hurt by the terrorism. Why aren’t they loudly and frequently protesting the terrorists and condemning them? I believe it was Abe Lincoln who once said “He, too, serves a purpose who only stands and cheers.” Well, they may not be cheering so we can hear it, but they are serving a purpose by their silence. If they are really opposed to the terrorism they should be vehemently protesting it, or, better yet, doing their part to stop it. If Islam is truly a religion of peace, as they claim, why are there so many Muslims who are silent about the terrorism that is making them and their religion appear to the world as violent and bloodthirsty? Could it be because they think they will be killed if they speak out [That flies in the face of Islam being a “peaceful” religion! ], or maybe because they actually do agree with the terrorism? Why are they silent? Why are they not cleaning their own house?

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