Assad: It's mine all mine!!
We all have the political realities that reflect our cultures’ view of itself and the world. In this sense, the Syrians deserve what they got, just as the US deserves what we got. Harsh truth. The Russians are trying to protect one of their only warm water ports, and to tamp down the Sunni idiots who give them fits in Chechnya. The entire world of Islam is in turmoil over its violent fringe, and the Syrian public is no different. Outsiders have made the region massively unstable for years, mainly due to the colonial legacy, massive oil interests, and Bush family blunders inflaming genuinely idiotic religiosity. Sadly, at this point, the Syrians really do own this conflict. There’s only so much foreign armies could do to support one of the many groups known as the “rebels” and-or the “terrorists.” Assad, on the other hand, is a Alawite (Shiite) autocrat, like Czar Putin (and, I suspect like Trump). He’s no better or worse than the “rebels” or terrorists. I’m glad Obama had the stones to stay as disengaged as we are. We can be a fairly pathetic species when viewed at all objectively.
Stuart Carlson and Jerry Resler
April 12, 2017
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