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Strange Bedfellow Facts

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Saudi Arabia is supporting the rebels in Syria. Odd?

Take a moment to process some hard facts and strange bedfellows.

Is it strange that Saudi Arabia is supporting the rebels in Syria?

Of all the countries in the Middle East Saudi Arabia is the one most against the idea of democracy. It is an absolute monarchy with strict Sharia law. They are also the most against women's rights of any country in the world. They support the rebels primarily because of two things. They are in the Sunni camp of Islam, just like most of the rebels and Assad on the other side is in the Shia camp of Islam. Also they know full well no matter which of the rebel groups comes out on top there is no danger in any of them actually perusing "democracy". For we Americans to imagine that democracy is on the table if the rebels win shows just how misguided and naive we are about the Middle East.

Why are the Syrian Americans coming out against the US attack on Syria?

Because most of them as well as Lebanese Americans are Christian and they know that when Assad falls their relatives in Syria are the first in line (or perhaps second after the Alowites) to bare the brunt of "ethnic cleansing" which will surely happen. They know the history of the area as well as the 2 decades of civil war next door in Lebanon fought along religious grounds. Better the devil you know, one who as a minority himself needs to deal reasonably with other minorities for his own sake.

Why is Iran supporting the Assad regime?

Because they are Shia like Assad. They do not want a Sunni state to take hold in Syria.

Why is Russia supporting Assad?

Because they have their only navel base in the Mediterranean in the Syrian port of Latakia. On top of that they cant see why Assad would use chemical weapons when he does not need to and they know the rebels are the the ones that have the most to gain if it can be shown that Assad used the weapons. From the Russian perspective it could be a rogue unit in the Syrian army that did it, not directed by Assad himself or the rebels. In either case not a reason to attack.

Why are Jewish groups in the US coming out in support of an attack?

Because they continue to labor under the hope that a new regime might make peace with Israel. They are dreaming. More likely is what happened in Egypt where attitudes against Israel hardened. Meanwhile the more the region seems to be in turmoil and Israel a possible target the more money flows into Israeli government coffers from Jewish supporters from around the world and indeed from sympathetic governments like ours.

Why is the American public not buying the idea of an attack?

Because there is no simply way to explain how you can degrade an army imbedded in civilian areas, or how you can safely destroy chemical weapons WITHOUT boots on the ground. The American public it seems is not as stupid as some take us for.

Barack Obama
Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama II is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. He was born on August 4, 1961 and as of 2010 his reported net worth was US$ 11.8 million. | Photo: Getty Images |
Why has President Obama not fought harder for intervention and why did he turn over the decision to Congress?

Because he knows intervention is a stupid idea in a civil war but must appear hawkish to keep up appearances. I think he rightly - though secretly - must be hoping for the Congress to do the smart thing and say no to intervention thereby taking it off of his plate. To those that say he will be weaker if he "looses" the vote, I say he will be stronger in the long run as he will avoid all sorts of bad things an attack will bring. Besides it puts a spotlight on the Republican divisions that will hurt them come election time.

Most of all we Americans must realize that there are NO good guys in this civil war. The deaths and displaced people are not the result of Assad only but of the rebels as well. They are BOTH to blame. What we Americans have to be concerned with then is figuring out how to get the least people killed in the end. I think it is without doubt that an Assad win will deliver the least deaths. There will be scores to settle but nowhere as much as will happen if the rebels win. If we support the rebels and it ends up in a blood bath we will have no choice but to send in troops to stop it or we REALLY look bad. What then?

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