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Saber-Rattling in Syria: Opposition Denounces Israel

Here’s another reminder that the uprisings of the Arab Spring are a lot messier and more complicated than the optimists want you to believe: The Syrian opposition today issued a stinging riposte against its implacable foe…Israel. Reports YNet:

Leader of the Syrian opposition bloc Burhan Ghalioun said Saturday that the Syrian regime signed an agreement with Israel, which he called “the main enemy of the Syrian revolution.”

In an interview with Saudi newspaper al Youm, Ghalioun negated the possibility of normalizing relations with Israel, if and when President Bashar Assad’s regime falls.

“We are convinced that the Syrian regime’s strongest ally is Israel,” he told the paper, adding that the international community’s lack of action in Syria stems from concerns for the Jewish State’s safety.

The biggest fear people have about Syria is that prolonged conflict will not only kill tens of thousands of innocent people; it will also empower armed fanatics and could trigger a much wider war. The strongest (interest based and non-humanitarian) argument for outside intervention is that waiting only gives the darker forces more of a chance to arm themselves and control the future of the country; to some degree, we are too late.

Right now the conflict is moving faster than diplomacy; unless that changes this war is on course to get worse in every possible way.

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  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    At the Cultural level, mankind only recognizes one method of conflict resolution; Trial by Combat.

    “Cultures evolve at Glacial Speeds” Jacksonian Libertarian

    A conflict has been building for a long time in the stagnant Authoritarian Islamic Cultures, first between the Tyrants and the people, and second between the superior Western Culture and the inferior Islamic Culture. Both conflicts have been energized by the imposition of a seed of Western Culture in Iraq and Afghanistan. This action was a brilliant strategic counter attack from the representative of Western Culture America, for the attack by the representative of Islamic Culture al Qaeda.

  • Brendan Doran

    A map of the countries tribes, sects looks like a map of Baghdad before the ethnic cleansing. A.Giant.Baghdad.

    But without the…of the Shia militias. Who did the dirty work while we surged Mr. Mead, regardless of what you may have heard.

    BTW – where is the released Abu Musab al-Suri, AQ’s chief survivor sans al-Zawahiri and their chief strategic thinker?

    Endless war amongst our enemies is the best course. The one apparently being pursued.

  • Lorenz Gude

    @Brendan Doran I’m not sure exactly what you mean by the Shiite militia doing our dirty wok. I agree there is much to be said for letting fractious enemies fight each other. 🙂 What I recall was that by 2005 our intervention had resulted in increasing sectarian violence. Under Saddam Iraqis killed each other (in addition to dying in wars) at a rate of about 20,000 a year for each year of Saddam’s time in power. Indeed the deaths from violence exceeded that average during the time the press was labeling it a civil war and a lot of Sunnis were dying unlike under Saddam who was mainly killing Shiites. Both sides were killing each other during this civil war period and I agree that Sunnis were discovering the hard way that the Shiites really were 60% of the population. But al Qaeda in Iraq was also doing our dirty work for us by treating the Sunnis in Anbar badly and I believe this outrageous mistreatment of the Anbarese was the main reason the Sunnis made an alliance with Petraeus to drive al Qaeda in Iraq out of Anbar province in the surge. Then the Maliki government brought the Shiite militias under control with American help and the uneasy peace we have today resulted. I think it is still very unclear how it will all work out. A tyranny much like Saddam’s? An Iranian puppet state? An independent Iraq that eventually recovers from the war with a reasonably functioning government? I don’t know.

  • Micha

    It’s a very convenient system.

    Assad blames Israel for the rebels. The rebels blame Israel for supporting Assad. Both sides agree that Israel is at fault. Agreement brings peace. Israel contributes to peace in the Middle East. Everybody is happy.

  • Brendan Doran

    Dirty Work: The Shia in Iraq were our De Facto clients. The Shia militia’s went into NFA – No F***ing Around – mode after the destruction of the Mosque of the Golden Dome Feb 06. This continued throughout the Surge and only tamped down when Maliki had enough of an Army – trained and equipped by us – to assert himself. He of course is a Shia pol.

    We’ll have no such local ally in Syria.

    There are no good guys, they’re dead or outside of Syria. We’ll have no friends, certainly not the Turks who have greater leverage than us.

    I don’t really care if they self-genocide, the more the merrier. Syria was quite happy to have ratlines moving large numbers of insurgents, Jihadi, arms and money into Iraq when we were fighting in Iraq.

    And once again we the United States don’t do Land Warfare well if it goes into anything like occupation. It requires dirty work in a place like Iraq, Syria, etc…and we can’t do it.

    Stay out of it.

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