I am not exonerating World and Zionist imperialism from the irreparable harms America, Israel, France, Spain and England inflicted on the Arab World during centuries of colonialism and waging wars, wars that did not stop and continues at this moment.
The question that must be raised is when world military intervention is necessary in local and regional conflicts? And does international law have any value when its use is “selective”? It is OK in Syria, Kosovo but not Occupied Palestine and against Israel? Or is there an international law ‘ala Carte” you select the menu and chose from a list of countries subject to international laws.
However, I am here in support of military attack on Bashar Assad and his regime and to indict Arab political and intellectual leadership for its shares in inflicting such harms and nation destruction, and the continued crimes it continues to inflict on Arab citizens. Assad, Saddam and Qaddafi are but few of many. Now after destruction of Iraq, Libya now it is the turn of Syria. None of this would or could have happened if there were no such family dictatorships.
The destruction of Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, were no accident. They are a result of long terms criminal regimes, military and party dictatorship, lacks of credible accountable leadership, lack of public representations and participation in issues of wars and peace. Bashar and his family made the decision to declare and wage war on Syria and its people and that is the extent of public participation. These criminal leadership takes the blames for putting their countries in harms way, and for allowing foreign interventions in countries like Libya, Syria, Iraq even Yemen.
Saddam Hussein and Bashar Assad are not the only Arab and world leaders to wage wars on their own people and to use chemical weapons. America perhaps more than any other country takes the leads in producing and using “chemical weapons” and have put it to use in its many wars from the Philippines, to Vietnam, to Cambodia even against American citizens and cities in its on going experiment and waging wars.
Agent Orange and Napalms are vivid in the memory of many Veterans, especially Vietnamese and picture of the young girl in flame is an indictment of the US and it’s many wars. And people and presidents like Johnson, Nixon, and Bush are war criminals no different from Bashar, Ali Saleh, Qaddafi, Saddam or Bibi Netanyahu.
The West especially America, England and Germany supplied Saddam Hussein with the chemical weapons he used extensively against Iran with the US not only supplying the chemical weapons but supplying the intelligence delivered in person by the late King Hussein to Saddam Hussein, tens of thousands died. We also all remember Donald Rumsfeld was in Baghdad smiling and shaking hands with Saddam, only few days after the news broke of Saddam use of chemical weapons killing tens of thousands of Kurds in Halabja.
Of course no one in the West, or in the Arab countries and no Arab liberals and “nationalists” raised a finger or objection against Saddam use of chemical weapons against Iran and the Kurds. Utter silence of Arabs and especially Arab intellectuals and so-called “nationalists” is disgusting and insulting.
Arab leaders and military regimes been killing Arabs in the hundreds of thousands if not millions, and there is silence. Bashar managed to kill over 100,000 and destroyed millions of homes and there is silence all over the Arab streets and among Arab intellectuals. I did not see the millions nor the thousands on the streets demanding an end to Bashar continued crimes, but I saw lots of petitions to save his ass.
Now that couple of thousands died from alleged use of chemical weapons, certain Western leaders are shocked by such mass murder but they allowed the killing to continue for over two years. Arab liberals and world liberals all of sudden woke up and discovered that Bashar is a model world leader, who loved his people to death and that the attack on Syria is a violation of international laws and see nothing wrong with the killings of hundreds of thousands of citizens and use of jets, missiles and tanks to kill people all of this is alright and not in violations of international law.
Liberals, Arab nationalists, anti-imperialist, anti-Zionists believe a criminal regime like Bashar Assad and his Ba’athist regime are guardian’s of Arab nationalism, resistance and steadfastness against Zionism and world imperialism and are all crying out to save Bashar and his regime. They see nothing wrong with the wars waged by the likes of Saddam, Ali Saleh, Qaddafi and Bashar against their own people.
I know I am the odd man out at VT who takes a different position on the planned attack on Syria. I not only see nothing wrong with it but I support it. Time to put Bashar and his criminal army and regime out of business. Obama, Cameron and Hollande are not willing to topple the regime, they support only limited actions, and a slap on the wrest for his use of chemical weapons and allows him to continue until Syria is totally destroyed thus ensuring the safety and security of Israel in the North.
Now Zionism has achieved parts of its objectives. Jordan and Iraq are no longer a threat, Syria was never a threat and now totally destroyed, Egypt army is paid well for its peace with Israel. Now time to shift attention to Iran and Pakistan.
Of course and from what we saw in Iraq, American and Israeli intelligence are always suspect, politically motivated to serve a purpose. Washington and Tel-Aviv are not only hypocrites but are professional liars and world class criminals as well
In fact the entire Imperialism and Zionist West are hypocrites, selective in morality and select use of weapons. It was OK in Washington, New York and Tel-Aviv to cheer as Israel lit up the skies over Gaza with its use of phosphorus bombs destroying entire neighborhoods and killing over 1,500 including some 500 children. I guess Israel killings of Palestinians and their children are OK and not in violation of international laws.
One could not help but remember as members of the American Jewish communities in the US joined their cousins in Israel as they stood and cheered their army destruction of Gaza. None of the so-called Western leaders raised an objection to Israel and its destruction of Gaza.
Bashar, his father and uncle before have been waging wars against the Syrian people for over 45 years. Killing tens of thousands in Hamah back in 82, jailing hundreds of thousands, exiling similar numbers, looting the country and now killing over 100,000 destroying the entire country with the use of air force, Scud missiles, rockets, with over 2 millions refugees, over 4 millions displaced inside Syria. The question did the use of chemical weapon in Damascus Goutta finally tipped the scale of western morality, when Bashar been on a killing spree for over two years? I guess it is Ok for Bashar to use Scud missiles and jets but not chemical weapons? Makes no sense to me.
Bashar and his army been a sitting duck as Israel over decades bombed Syria at will, committed assassinations within Syria at will, all the while the Assad regime, father and Son never fired a single shot, never dared to retaliate.
The empty threats and rhetoric we hear from Bashar and his side kicks Walid Al-Mualim and Faisal Miqdad remind us of (“Sahhaf” Saddam minister of misinformation) are empty rhetoric and will take the hit, duck and continue to wage war on Syria and its people.
Iran and the Iranian leadership liberals and conservatives are too smart to be drawn into a war over Bashar and his regime as inevitable losers. Iran must choose its own battle and not drawn into a war that is not life and death for Iran. Same for Hezbollah. It should not use its capabilities and waste it to defend Bashar and his regime.
True and true Alqaeda is alive and is doing very well in all failed states, no thanks to Bashar and the Syrian Free Army for allowing such criminal mercenaries to come in and no thanks to regional countries that fund and arms such criminals and misfits repeating same mistakes in Afghanistan.
Yes, time to bomb the hell out of Assad and his army and time for the Syrian people to go back to their country and if they are good enough, loyal enough, smart enough they can rebuild what Bashar and the civil war destroyed.
Many nations experienced civil wars and international wars before. With wise, credible committed leadership can rebuild. The US, Germany, Japan are only but few examples of the will of the people to rebuild nations after conflicts, wars and civil wars. Syrian will rebuild again. This is the price of silence.
Sami, a Palestinian-American and a US Army Veteran (66-68), recipient of the “soldier of the month award and leadership award from the 6th Army NCO Academy, is an international legal and business consultant with over 40 years of international experience, in construction, hospitality services, conservation, and defense, in the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa. Sami is a holder of BA, MPA in Public and Environmental Affairs, Jurist Doctor from Indiana University. While at IU he was elected class president, student government president and chairman of the Indiana Students Association,
Active in peace movement as a co-author of the pre-amble for the One State for All of its people and voluntary service program SalamNation. A frequent contributor on national and international affairs. He resides in the United States.