U.S. National Interests and the Syrian Civil War


Map locates Khan al-Assal, Syria, where the government and rebels accused each other of attacking with chemical weapons

John R. Houk

© April 28, 2013

 

Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime is using chemical weapons to stop the momentum of the Syrian rebels from dethroning the Assad regime. Now I realize perhaps a half to even more than a half of the Rebels are radical Muslims perhaps making them no worse than Assad’s secular-socialized government dominated by Syria’s Alawite-Shia (See Here, Here and Here) minority. Nonetheless, chemical weapons are supposed to be illegal by international convention. I am guessing the U.N. Security Council could empower military sanctions against Assad’s regime.

 

Now I know many Conservatives – Danny Jeffrey comes to mind – are against the doctrine of Responsibility to Protect (R2P). R2P apparently has a few criticisms such as providing an excuse to invade to accomplish the National Interests of perhaps an agreed coalition bloc of nations. And perhaps R2P could embroil the USA in a war that is conducted beyond the pale of the U.S. Constitution.

 

I believe removing Assad is as much in the National Interests of the USA as there is a R2P military reason to save civilian lives. Now Danny Jeffrey’s concern is that R2P strategy is an Obama mask to discreetly aid invading Arab or Muslim armies to take down the Leftist perceived threat to world peace in the Jewish State of Israel. With Obama at the helm of the U.S. government I can see Danny’s view of a reprehensible motive behind the Obama R2P agenda. President Barack Hussein Obama is NO friend of Israel. Obama has gone beyond satisfying political correctness by saying Palestinians deserve a sovereign nation to forcing the issue including robbing Israel of half its capital city of Jerusalem and giving that to Jew-Hating Arabs who call themselves Palestinians.

 

Why is it in America’s National Interest to remove Bashar al-Assad? Anything that throws a monkey wrench into the radical Islamic agenda of America’s enemy Iran is good for America and perhaps signals those Twelver maniacs that American muscle might actually spank Iran for making good on their threats to drive Israeli Jews into the sea.

 

The fine line at issue is what will the U.S. government do after aiding Syrian rebels to give the Assad regime a boot? It would be crazy to get rid of Assad and allow a radical Muslim government to form to be the Sunni mirror image of Iran’s Shi’ite Twelver radical Muslim government.

 

The information I have managed to cull about the nature of the Syrian Rebels is that the Islamist militias – especially Jabhat al Nusra – are gaining infrastructure control of the rebel held land in Syria. Even though the secular or more moderate Muslim rebels figured prominently early in the Syrian Rebellion against Assad, it appears the radical Muslims by virtue of infrastructure possession would evolve into the controlling faction of any future Syrian government absent of Assad. This would not be good for American National Interests. A Sunni Islamist theocratic nation will be as much of an enemy of the USA and Israel as Iran is. Indeed I suspect Iran would make friendly overtures to a Sunni Islamist regime even though Iran represents Shia Islam. Just for perspective you should know that Sunnis are about 90% of Islam while Shias are roughly 10% of Islam. Radical Muslim Sunni Clerics have labeled Shias a heretic religion thus making the Shias as much of an infidel as Jews and Christians. Perhaps even more worth of death than Jews and Christians because a Shi’ite existence could be perceived as an insult to Allah and Mohammed. Among radical Muslims, in particular insulting Mo and Allah, is a good reason for the execution of the death penalty.

 

So here are the horns of a dilemma the U.S. government faces. Help the Syrian Rebels defeat Assad quite probably bring into power a Jew-Hating and American-Hating Islamist government OR do nothing while Assad uses chemical weapons of mass destruction to reverse the defeat he has been experiencing utilizing conventional weapons against the Rebels. Undoubtedly an Assad victory to remain in power would result in a wholesale genocide of Sunni Rebels and the civilian Sunni population that supported the Rebels. An Assad victory would also mean acquiring hubris perhaps leading the dictator to make rash moves against American interests and Israel, feeling an illusion of being undefeatable.

 

In the realm of the lesser of two evils, it still seems to me Assad’s demise will in at least the short term be better for the National Interests of the USA even if the long term outcome of Assad’s removal may not be helpful. The best way to bring down Assad with the least amount of American blood is to provide arms to the Syrian Rebels. It may be a futile hope but weaponry should be distributed to the more secular minded Sunnis who desire an elected government rather than a theo-political Sharia religious government in which the religious elite call the shots.

 

It will be up to the U.S. government – cough the Obama Administration – to actively influence a relationship that is not inimical to American National Interests. That probably is a tough order for I sense even a secular government based on Islamic elections will still be a Jew-Hating anti-Israel government. Which brings us back to Danny Jeffrey’s thoughts that President Barack Hussein Obama will part of an agenda to use R2P to join Arab and Muslim government to end the existence of Israel.

 

I was brought to this line of thinking from reading a Caroline Glick article entitled, “Time to confront Obama”. Glick wants to confront Obama’s motives behind the decisions he has made relating to Islamic terrorism, his treatment of Israel, wondering the value the word of BHO in relation to the Chemical WMD attack perpetrated by Bashar al-Assad against his own citizens and so on.

 

As my thoughts began to evolve it became apparent I was following a different train of thinking than Ms Glick. Nonetheless, you should read her article which is anti-Obama and pro-Israel. I like that way of thinking.

 

JRH 4/28/13

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BHO is Arming Syrian Radical Muslims


Jabhat al-Nusra executes Alawite Shi'ites

Jabhat al-Nusrah Assassinates Alawite Shi’ites

 

John R. Houk

© February 19, 2013

 

Yesterday I posted some thoughts on an article by Greg Campbell about the potential conspiracy of Obama and his Leftist minions in his Administration preparing to terminate the 2nd Amendment gun rights of Americans in order to squash self-protection in an economic collapse scenario. Campbell has discovered that various government agencies have ordered an unreasonable amount of hollow-point bullets without a credible explanation for such an order.

 

Along those lines Theodore Shoebat wonders why the Obama Administration is so hot to restrict gun ownership while evidence is suggesting the President has ordered the arming of al Qaeda-minded rebels against a ruthless dictator in Bashar al-Assad. Assad is an evil enemy of America and Israel as well a minion of Iran, BUT so are al Qaeda-minded rebels.

 

Realistically U.S. Foreign Policy is in the proverbial rock and the hard place. Bashar al-Assad is a genocidal dictator just like his daddy Hafez. Syria is a minion of U.S. hating Iran. As Iran’s minion Syria has been a rogue nation protecting Islamic terrorists of both Shia (Hezbollah) and Sunni (Hamas) persuasions when their agendas are to destroy Israel. Bashar al-Assad’s Syria is definitely NO friend to the USA or Israel.

 

The al Qaeda rebels in Syria is one of many rebel groups yet apparently the current most effective in battling Assad’s Syrian army. This al Qaeda in Syria calls itself Jabhat al Nusra and is affiliated with al Qaeda Iraq (AQI). AQI of course was the central insurgents that fought U.S. troops in Iraq until weakened by the success of The Surge that won over Iraqis to help the U.S. led troops because in their Muslim mind the USA was the lesser of two evils with AQI’s extreme brutality. Radical Islamic rebels in Syria particularly Jabhat al Nusra is again definitely NO friend to the USA or to Israel.

 

AND YET President Barack Hussein Obama is committed to finding back door ways to arm the Radical Islamic rebels that hate America just as much as Bashar al-Assad.

 

For America to maintain an influence in the Middle East our nation is in the unenviable position of helping two evil anti-American entities that hate our ally Israel. Helping the rebels places a monkey wrench in the Iranian agenda in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia recognizes this because it is pouring its Wahhabi money into the Syrian Rebel cause.

 

I hate to tell everyone this. Due to Iran’s hatred of Israel and willingness to help Sunni and Shia Radical Islamic terrorists in an agenda to drive Israel into the sea, the USA will eventually become embroiled in a Middle East war on behalf of Israel. UNLESS …

 

That is unless President Barack Hussein Obama is willing to throw the Jewish State of Israel under the bus disavowing our commitment of defense for whatever lame reason that is supportive of the perception of Middle Eastern peace.

 

This brings us back to Theodore Shoebat’s premise of why is Barack Hussein Obama trying to disarm Americans while arming Islamic terrorists in the Middle East?

 

JRH 2/19/13

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Obama Wants To Disarm Americans But Arm Terrorists

 

By Theodore Shoebat

February 17, 2013

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Obama wants to decree a ban on all assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons, which would apply to rifles and pistols. On this ban, Obama stated clearly:

 

I’m going to be putting forward a package and I’m going to be putting my full weight behind it… I’m going to be making an argument to the American people about why this is important and why we have to do everything we can to make sure that something like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary does not happen again.

 

Yet, the Obama administration has been involved in providing weapons to rebels who have committed many atrocities throughout Syria. Why must Americans be disarmed and jihadists be given weapons to? Americans are simply observing a right, while the Islamists want guns to force Syria into becoming a Sharia governed state.

 

Leon Panetta, who is now retiring, and General Martin Dempsey, the principle military adviser of Obama, have both revealed that they supported a plan last year composed by Hillary Clinton and General Petraeus that would provide weapons to the Syrian rebels, who are all fighting for a jihadist cause.

 

John Mccain also supported, and still supports, this plan, saying

 

“I urge the president to heed the advice of his former and current national security leaders and immediately take the necessary steps, along with our friends and allies, that could hasten the end of the conflict in Syria”

 

Though Obama is said to have turned down this plan, he still has supported the Syrian rebellion in a very covert and elusive manner. The current administration has instead used a middle-man: Saudi Arabia, to receive American weapons and then transfer them to the hands of the jihadists.

 

Michael Kelley of Business Insider reported last year that in

 

2011 the U.S. sold $33.4 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia and $1.7 billion to Qatar as sales tripled to a record high and accounted for nearly 78 percent of all global arms sales.

 

And where did these weapons go to? Syria, where they were obtained by jihadists who would not hesitate for a second to behead any American, or any non-Muslim.

 

As one American official put it:

 

“The opposition groups that are receiving the most of the lethal aid are exactly the ones we don’t want to have it”

 

Though the U.S. is not directly sending arms to the revolutionists, it is providing support for shipping small arms such as rifles (which Obama wants to ban in the U.S.) and grenades, and therefore, is nevertheless directly supporting the rebels themselves.

 

So, to Obama Americans shouldn’t have rifles but Syrian rebels should? This dangerous distortion is just more evidence as to how supportive the current administration has been for the Islamists.

 

The American government actually expected an organized plan mapped out by the rebels that would show how Syria will be governed in the future. But they haven’t received any future plans, and the reason is that the rebels are using the Americans for the assistance but refuse to reveal their true intentions for a post-Assad Syria, since what they really desire is a Muslim Brotherhood ruled nation.

 

One Middle Eastern diplomat, who has worked extensively with the C.I.A., has said that there hasn’t been any report by the rebels as to how Syria will be ruled after Assad is removed. In his own words:

 

We haven’t seen anyone step up to take a leadership role for what happens after Assad, … There’s not much of anything that’s encouraging. We should have lowered our expectations

 

Syria is going down the road to become just another state of the future Sunni confederacy that is forming, alongside Egypt and Libya.

 

Obama said to NBC that

 

there are a vast majority of responsible gun owners out there who recognize that we can’t have a situation in which somebody with severe psychological problems is able to get the kind of high capacity weapons that this individual in Newtown obtained and gun down our kids.

 

Yet, his administration is helping ship rifles and grenades to Syria, and is working with the Saudis to provide arms to Islamic renegades who themselves have severe urges to commit some of the most vile violence caught on film.

 

Just to give you a picture of how these rebels use their guns, here is a video of jihadists executing a Syrian police officer:

 

VIDEO: Implementing of the Death Sentence Against a Policeman at the Hands of Criminal Gangs (Title translated by Google Translate)

 

Another film I found shows a sadistic bunch of rebels beheading a man in cold blood while laughing and saying “Allah is greater.” If you have the heart for it, the video is found here:

 

Brutal Beheading Execution Of Prisoner By ‘Free Syrian Army’ *Warning Graphic*

 

Recent footage shows jihadists executing an innocent civilian. The killer even phones his mother to let her know the sinister act he is about to commit:

 

the execution of sunni civilians in syria .

 

In Syria right now, the most armed entity is the military, the second most equipped are the rebels, and the most defenseless are the civilians. In the midst of the fray, the civilians are the ones who suffer the most, since the Islamists have the weapons, and the military is unable to protect all places of the country at once.

 

Now, apply this to America. If a full weapons band was ever decreed, the military, the police, and the lawless would be the most armed, and American civilians helpless. Police and military personal would not be able to protect the entire country, leaving the criminals many opportunities to pick out their victims.

 

Obama and the rest of his Leftist ilk keep promoting the idea that guns are the problem, while neglecting the roots of the issue at hand: violent ideologies. All murderers, be they jihadists or spree killers, reject the philosophical idea that life is sacred. Since the Left is not pro-life, they have refused to confront this issue all together, and so are now giving the way to terrorists. The assistance to terrorists in the Middle East will provide confidence for Islamists here in America. Just take a look at the news now. Just this month, a Muslim named Yusuf Ibrahim shot to death two Coptic Christians (Hanny F. Tawadros, 25, and Amgad A. Konds, 27), decapitated them, severed their hands, and buried them in a randomly picked yard. We’re going to be seeing more of this as Islam is allowed to rise and thrive on our insane obsession on tolerance.

 

As I write in my book, For God or For Tyranny, when the Third Reich reigned, Hitler and his minions established the Nazi Weapons Act of 1938, which prohibited German civilians from owning any firearms. The Left is doing the same thing, but in a ‘nicer,’ ‘gentler,’ more ‘sensitive’ and gradual way. Only those without prudence, foresight, and some historical knowledge on how tyrannies function, would believe that the Obama administration really wants to end crime and protect children (they are all pro-choice).

 

In our Declaration of Independence, one of the stated reasons for the American Revolution was that King George

 

excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

 

If the Second Amendment is ever done away with, the only people that would be helped are the savages amongst us.

 

Theodore Shoebat is the author of the book, For God or For Tyranny

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John R. Houk

© February 19, 2013

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Obama Wants To Disarm Americans But Arm Terrorists

 

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