Thursday, June 20, 2013


Arming the rebels will only increase the number of deaths in a sectarian conflict between Shiites and Sunnis

The Syrian civil war is not about an oppressed and subjugated people wanting to establish a Democracy by trying to to overthrow a tyrannical dictatorship. The civil war is really a sectarian conflict between the Sunnis who are out of power, and the Shiites who are in power. The Sunni rebels are supported by Sunni Saudi Arabia and the Sunni Gulf Emirates. The Shiites led by Assad are supported by Shiite Iran and Hezbollah, the powerful Lebanese Shiite militia.

Iran hopes to become the dominant power in the region, while Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Emirates are fearful that if Iran succeeds, they will be confronted by their own Shiite rebellions. Other players in the Syrian conflict are the United States, Britain and France who favor the Sunni rebels and Russia and China who favor the Shiite government of Assad. It’s all about who is going to be the dominant outside power in the Middle East.

The U.N. estimates that more than 93,000 Syrians have been killed since the civil war started two years ago and that at least 5,000 people are dying each month. I will guarantee you that with us arming the rebels, those casualty numbers will only become bigger. And furthermore, now that we are arming the rebels, the Russians will increase the amount of weaponry they are sending Assad.

Getting involved in Middle East conflicts can be extremely costly without achieving the desired results. 4,500 Americans have been killed in Iraq and we have spent billions of dollars there since the Iraqi War started in March 2003. And what have our expenditures and bloodshed achieved? Okay, we got rid of Saddam Hussein. But the stability of the Iraqi government we put in his place is being threatened amidst daily suicide bombings between Iraqi Sunnis and Iraqi Shiites.

Anyone who believes that if the Sunnis are able to overthrow Assad, they will establish a democracy in Syria is not living in the real world. Should the Sunnis win, they will merely replace one dictatorship with another. The U.S. should have kept its nose out of a religious conflict!

1 comment:

bob walsh said...

It makes Barry feel good to draw his line in the sand at using poison gas on people. After all, that is what liberalism is all about, feeling good about yourself. You don't have to actually DO anything, just feel the right way about things. If he was a solid liberal he would just condemn Syria for gassing their own people. That's what is causing him problems, every now and again he sneaks a toe off the liberal reservation and wants to actually DO something. That is what gets liberals in trouble. They aren't very good at actually doing things.