Monday, June 24, 2013

Syria: The devil we know or the devil we don't
Michael Totten argues that the United States really has only two options in Syria.
The only logical option for the US of those Gemayel lays out is the second—support change. Figuring out how to proceed isn’t rocket science.
[ed notes:backround on  ''jackass'' mike totten... He supported the Iraq War, and generally expresses pro-Israeli views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He has supported the Iraq War, stating during the run-up, "If you don’t join us now, when Saddam’s regime falls and Iraqis cheer the US Marines, you are really going to feel like a jackass. And your jackassery will be exposed beneath klieg lights for all to see."  Totten describes himself as an "independent journalist." Most of his trips—are paid for out of his own pocket, although [[[[[[he has also accepted funding from the Government of Azerbaijan, the American Jewish Committee and the Lebanese pro-western March 14 alliance for trips to Azerbaijan, Israel and Lebanon, respectively]]]]]
Here are two ways:
The first is to go all in and back the moderate elements of the Free Syrian Army right now. Give them guns, training, air support, or some combination. It’s risky, of course, and there are trade-offs. Hezbollah and Iran might escalate. Some American aid would almost certainly end up in the hands of bad actors who will later use it against us and our friends no matter how careful we are. It’s not obvious who’s who in the field right now. But the advantage of such a forthright move is that the anti-Assad phase of the war will wrap up more quickly. Syria will spend less time functioning as a terrorist magnet, and Jabhat al-Nusra will have less time to gain traction and become a formidable post-Assad force.
The second option is to wait for Assad to fall and then back the Free Syrian Army. Everyone in Syria knows the moderate elements of the anti-Assad opposition will clash with the Islamists when the government falls. At that time it will be easy to separate the Islamists from everyone else because the Islamists will be fighting everyone else.If we go with the second option, Jabhat al-Nusra is not at all likely to take over Syria. The entire country—the Alawites, the Christians, the Druze, the Kurds, the liberal Sunnis, the moderate Sunnis, the nationalist Sunnis, the mainstream conservative Sunnis, and the tribes in the hinterlands—will be against them. And if the West backs all of those factions, that’s it. It’s all over for Jabhat al-Nusra. They’ll be able to blow things up and wreak havoc, for sure, but they will not rule.And the United States can gain back some of the soft power and moral authority we’re losing right now in the region. Those angry with us for our de facto support of Assad
[ed notes:what defacto support for Assad?crippling sanctions against him ,his govt,and people?what defacto support for Assad?the training of rebels in Jordan or thru turkey?thru giving gcc client regimes of zionist west moral,political,military  support to unleash the extremist mercenary militias against his govt and nation?thats defacto support?in what planet?orwellia??
and for our de facto support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt will see the United States on their side for a change. “Assad will fall,” says Jean-Pierre Katrib, a Beirut-based university lecturer and human rights activist. “This is the course of history. Even the Soviet Union, with all its robust organization and rigid infrastructure, only lasted for seven decades. No oppressive regime can forever resist the tide of history which has been moving toward greater freedom and representation. That may sound too philosophical or naïve, but that’s how I see it. Post-Assad Syria won’t be democratic, however. That will take time. It’s going to be messy.”
[ed note: human rights activist?who?jean - pierre katrib? is a funny guy,when you consider the guy speaking about how repressive regimes wont last freedom,and at same time is tied to the gatestone institute.zionist lobby and WINEP!!! Ending (or Deepening) the Crisis in Lebanon: - The Role of Electoral ...‎ Jun 6, 2008 – Jean-Pierre Katrib is a visiting fellow in The Washington Institute's Project Fikra.

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