The Syrian uprising began in March 2011.
The "reformer" Assad
immediately started killing thousands
to hold on to power.
The West foolishly delayed helping the rebels, despite the fact Assad has long been one of their worst enemies.
The rebels gradually got taken over by jihadist vermin of all stripes,
while Assad was helped out by Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.
Weep for Syria.
The West should have acted quickly to kill Assad in 2011.
What a tragedy that the West has no proper leadership.
A 16 year old describes being arrested by Assad's forces:
"Once, I was arrested along with hundreds of other people. They separated out the children
and I was the oldest at 16.
There was a group of small children with us whose parents were 'wanted'. There were perhaps
13 children in total. They weren't allowed food or water. When it was time for us to eat, their
group was surrounded by armed men who stopped anyone giving them food. These children
were too weak to even cry. They just lay on the floor.
They were also subjected to repeated beating with sticks, worse than us. I knew a boy called
Ala'a. He was part of that group. He was only six years old. He didn't understand what was
happening. His dad was told that his child would die unless he gave himself up. I'd say that this
six-year-old boy was tortured more than anyone else in that room. He wasn't given food or
water for three days, and he was so weak he used to faint all the time. He was beaten regularly.
I watched him die. He only survived for three days and then he simply died. He was terrified
all the time."
This story is not from Nazi-occupied Europe in World War Two.
This is from Assad's Syria in 2011-12.
He supported jihad:
"Its goal is the exaltation of the Word of God and the construction of Islamic society and the establishment of God's Kingdom on Earth regardless of the means. The means would be offensive warfare. In this case it is the apex, the most noble Holy War. It is legal to carry on a Holy War."
He supported forced conversion:
"It may be said, 'What is the value of a faith in Islam which is a result of a threat? Abu Sufyan, one moment ago, was not a believer, then he believed after he was threatened by death.' We say to those who question: What is required of an infidel or the one who confuses other gods with God, is to have his tongue surrender to the religion of God and to subdue himself to the prophethood of Muhammad. But his heartfelt faith is not required at the beginning. It will come later."
The pro-jihad, pro-sharia, pro-Assad cleric Mohammed al-Bouti is killed by a Syrian rebel suicide bomber in Mar 2013.
Now that's ironic!
that his religion is peaceful.
(English edition of his book
Jurisprudence of Muhammad's Biography
He then illustrates this beautifully by getting killed in a suicide bombing.
For any idiot (like Trump) who thinks that Assad is "anti-jihad":
Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun,
the Assad-approved, Assad-supporting, Grand Mufti of Syria,
threatens suicide bombing in Europe and the US, 2011.
Talk about irony.
The Syrian regime supported the Iraqi jihadist suicide bombers for years.
Now the Assad butchers get blowback.
But this also shows the increasing jihadist nature of the rebels.
The crowds above
display the black flag of jihad
and chant "Allahu Akbar".
Max Boot, 18 July 2012, agrees that
"It is hard not to see some element of cosmic justice here".
But he is worried:
"suicide bombing is never the weapon of the moderate. ... fighting in this way bespeaks a fanaticism
that does not bode well for the future
there is a great danger that America's hesitancy to get involved on the rebel side has ceded the momentum to jihadist suicide bombers."
This is why no one supports the rebels any more:
Jihadi video promoting the Syrian jihad.
Thousands of Christians flee rebels, report July 2012.
"the women described what happened to their husbands, brothers and nephews ... They were killed by Syrian rebel fighters,
the women said - murdered because they were Christians".
"The rebels left the Christians alone."
But this changed:
"Last summer Salafists came to Qusayr, foreigners. They stirred the local rebels against us.
They sermonized .. in the mosques that it was a sacred duty to drive us away."
Syrian Catholic priest
was murdered by the rebels in June 2013,
and possibly beheaded (sources differ).
Syrian Christian towns being emptied by Islamists, report, 2 Aug 2013.
"Tens of thousands [of] Syriac Christians - members of the oldest Christian community in the world - have fled their ancestral provinces of Deir al-Zour and Hasakah in northeastern Syria".
shows there was no blasphemy, merely the mention of Muhammad
by a boy standing up to some jihadists trying to get things off him for free.
That was the excuse they needed to kill him.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
said despairingly that these people are a gift to Assad:
"This kind of criminality is exactly what makes people in Syria fear the fall of the regime."
Al Qaeda slaughter in the town of Jarabulus, Jan 2014.
"in scenes of medieval violence in Syria's northern border-town of Jarabulus
at least 10 men had been beheaded, their heads mounted on spikes, and more than 1,000 refugees fled the 3 kms across the border to Turkey."
hold a banner, Dec 2011, wishing Obama would support their fight.
Text of banner
shows it is a real banner
and there are other similar ones.
The same people produce
this ill-advised banner in Feb 2012, as the world does nothing.
I don't really believe they are threatening us with Islamic terror.
(After all, they said they liked Bush.)
But it sounds like a threat.
Well that's not going to make anyone help them. Idiots.
"I defended Hizbullah when it was fighting Israel. I defended them when the most important sheiks in Saudi Arabia warned against Hizbullah ... After all, I want to unite the Muslims and bring them together. The Muslims are fighting the Zionists. How could I possibly take the same position as the Zionists?
But it turns out that the sheiks .. saw things more clearly than me."
Obviously I agree that Sunni jihadists should attack Hizbullah with everything they've got.
As Robert Spencer says, this might be bad news for Syria but good news for us:
"This escalating Sunni-Shi'ite conflict over Syria could put a serious crimp in the jihad against the West."
The disgusting Sunni-Shiite violence that ruined Iraq
under the Americans
has come to Syria.
And no westerner is to blame.
Rather, Islam is to blame.
And Assad, who for years encouraged the disgusting Sunni-Shiite violence in Iraq,
is now suffering from it in Syria.
Atheist Suicide Bomber Kills Eighteen Agnostics. Parody of Sunni-Shia violence.
"STOCKHOLM - In a frightening display of rising sectarian violence, an atheist suicide bomber blew himself up on a busy street in Stockholm three days ago; killing eighteen agnostics and wounding over thirty.
prominent agnostic leaders and bloggers have already began urging retaliatory attacks in what is an ominous sign for the future of sectarian violence in Sweden.
SALF, and the atheists they claim to represent, believe that there is no god, agnostics believe that there may not be a god. To outsiders, this difference in doctrine seems almost irrelevant; to believers it is a question of life or death. Therefore, such a small difference in doctrine can create such explosive hatreds, divisions and violence."
Sunni jihadist rebels on a sectarian rampage against the Shia in Hatla, Syria, June 2013.
They rant about jihad and Allah, and curse the Shia and the Christians.
They carried out a
massacre of Shia
blew up the Shiite mosque.
Assad is the enemy of the West.
And these jihadist rebels are the enemy of the West.
Weep for Syria.
The rebels are riddled with jihadists and Islamists.
If the rebels win, there could be a massacre of Christians and other minorities.
If the rebels win, there could be an Islamist state
which would be the same as or worse than Assad.
Obama is the wrong guy for the job.
He doesn't know what he is doing.
He doesn't understand the region.
A guy who supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has no credibility when it comes to Syria.
I can see both sides.
I respect the opinion of people like
Rusty Shackleford, August 26, 2013:
"If there was ever a window of opportunity
... then that window closed a year or more ago.
It's too late to do any good in Syria. That ship has sailed. It sailed the day the Free Syrian Army got into bed with al Qaeda."
I sympathise with
Carl DeLong, 12 Sept 2013:
"Assad, asshole; Rebels, assholes; Putin, asshole; Obama, asshole. I can't understand why Americans are so turned off by this Syria thing."
Why on earth would the Iranian regime care if Syrians were gassed by the million?
Has she no clue how regimes like Iran think?
They don't even care about the Iranian people, let alone the Syrians.
The Iranian regime doesn't care about human suffering.
Never has. Never will.
It doesn't even know what you are talking about.
Samantha Power is projecting her alien western values onto a regime that has
not the slightest interest in them.
As a tweet says:
"Wow, they actually believe their ridiculous view of the world. They are like children."
Obama has no western allies:
Obama has spent much of his time in office
snubbing American allies
And he seems not to have a clue what to do in the Arab Spring.
(Supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, for Christ's sake.)
So it is no surprise that (in contrast to Bush)
he failed to assemble a coalition for Syria.
Barack Obama is proving an embarrassing amateur on the world stage compared to George W. Bush, Nile Gardiner, August 30th, 2013.
"George W. Bush was widely mocked by the Left during the Iraq War, with liberals jeering at the "coalition of the willing," ... But the coalition also contained .. Great Britain, Australia, Spain, Italy, Poland, and 16 members of the NATO alliance, as well as Japan and South Korea. In Europe, France and Germany were the only large-scale countries that sat the war out".
"As it stands, President Obama's proposed military coalition on Syria has a grand total of two members - the US and France."
"In marked contrast to Obama, President Bush invested a great deal of time and effort in cultivating ties with key US allies, especially Britain. The Special Relationship actually mattered to George W. Bush. For Barack Obama it has been a mere blip on his teleprompter.
Obama simply hasn't bothered making friends in Europe, and has treated some nations with sheer disdain and disrespect, including Poland and the Czech Republic."
Charles Krauthammer, 5 Sept 2013, points out that Israel doesn't talk endlessly and do nothing. In fact, Israel has already attacked Syria.
"Here's how deterrence works in the Middle East. Syria, long committed to the destruction of Israel, has not engaged Israel militarily in 30 years. Why? Because it recognizes Israel as a serious adversary with serious policies.
This year alone, Israel has four times conducted airstrikes in Syria. No Syrian response. How did Israel get away with it? Israel had announced that it would not tolerate Assad acquiring or transferring to Hezbollah advanced weaponry. No grandiloquent speeches by the Israeli foreign minister. No leaked target lists. Indeed, the Israelis didn't acknowledge the strikes even after they had carried them out. Unlike the American president, they have no interest in basking in perceived toughness. They care only about effect. They care about just one audience - the party to be deterred, namely Assad and his allies."
Charles Krauthammer, 12 Sept 2013,
"Putin doesn't care one way or the other about chemical weapons. Nor about dead Syrian children. Nor about international norms, parchment treaties and the other niceties of the liberal imagination.
He cares about power and he cares about keeping Bashar al-Assad in power."
Russia's only military base outside the former Soviet Union is in Syria, at
Russia has no interest whatsoever in Syria giving up weapons,
and this plan will do nothing.
The Poles (1980) had Reagan. The Iranians (2009) and Syrians (2011) had no one.
I feel sorry for the Syrians that they had no Reagan to help them.
Imagine an American President who seized the chance in 2011
and launched a furious assault on Assad,
helped democrats take power, and then strongly and endlessly asserted that all American support was
dependent on the new regime respecting minority rights.
Offering generous US aid, but no sharia and no persecution of minorities
or the deal is off.
The US could have built an ally.
No American boots on the ground.
No need for jihadis to fight.
A truly great American President could have done this.
Obama never could.
The above was my "Axes of the world" page in
Since I am a neo-con bastard,
I was describing Assad's Syria as part of the "Axis of Evil"
since at least
But Democrats like
Barack Obama, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton
do not think like the neo-cons.
They did not see Syria as an enemy of America.
So when the war broke out in 2011 they saw no pressing need to help topple Assad.
They did nothing.
Finally, in 2013, they seem to think Assad is a bad guy.
By the way, my "Axes of the world" page itself had to be retired in the Obama and Trump eras,
once it was clear that America was no longer leading anyone.
This was in retrospect the only real chance for the Syrian people:
The Romney-Ryan ticket in the 2012 US election.
They got 61 million votes, lest we forget.
That America will come back some day.
Who has done most of the killing of civilians in the Syrian civil war?
On the one hand, ISIS, with genocidal attacks on minorities in Iraq and Syria - and utter contempt for human life.
One the other hand, Assad, with an air force and advanced artillery - and utter contempt for human life.
I find it credible that Assad, with an air force and artillery, killed the majority.
But I do not find the low numbers for his opponents credible.
This says ISIS only killed 3,300 civilians in Syria.
Even if we accept that most ISIS killings were in Iraq, not Syria, this number seems way too low.
Though I admit I cannot find any other estimate.
Who I block:
I will debate almost anyone.
I love ideas.
I will not debate (and will block) people who do the following:
(a) Make threats.
(b) Accuse me of crimes.
(c) Comment on my appearance.
(d) Drag in stuff about me not related to the topic. (My professional career, my personal life.)
(e) Complain to my employer.
Yes, people do all these things.