When the “Arab Spring” was bursting out all over the Middle East and Africa, the only group of “rebels” that I supporter was in Libya. Let me be clear though, I was only supporting the people who were not themselves tied to Al Qaeda or to the ultra-conservative wing of the anti-Gadhafi movement. These were the people who took control in Benghazi and who did all of the behind the scenes negotiating. However, they have not been strong enough against that ultra-conservative group. Initially, this is the group that did not want “foreign boots on the ground” out of fear that this would be a signal for Al Qaeda to move into Libya and take over their civil war. That group were correct in their fears. At the end of the Libyan Civil War, Al Qaeda through its affiliate continues in its attempt to control Libya. Some of the men and women who tried to shut Al Qaeda out have ended up being ousted from the new Libyan government. The situation right now is that I personally do not like some of the people who now have power in Libya…. but more on that story when there are new developments. What I will say here is that, although Libya is not completely stable, it is a lot better off than Syria. I will also add here that I do not regret my support of the anti-Gadhafi forces, especially after I got yet another reminder about the truth in regard to Gadhafi’s sponsorship of terrorism.
However, this post is not really about Libya, it is about Syria. Looking at the two sides in Syria, it has been a tough call, and I do not accept either side that is involved. Assad would have been better off if he had remained in his profession as an opthamologist, rather than returning to Syria and becoming President. My biggest complaint against Assad is the fact that he is a puppet of Iran. In my view this is dangerous, because this allegiance has given Iran a spring-board in its anti-Israel activity. The puppet of Syria in Lebanon is also a puppet of Iran. In similar fashion, Hezbollah has been wreaking havoc in Lebanon, complete with the political assassinations. However, keep in mind that Lebanese are NOT refugees.
In Syria there has been wrong on both sides and to the point that it is impossible to support either of them. Yet it appears to me that Assad, of the Alawite tribe is a more stable proposition than one group that is waging war in Syria, that is ISIS. The latest report about the atrocities perpetrated by ISIS is extremely sickening. The link that I have provided shows what has happened to young Syrians that have been accused of apostasy. It is no longer the Romans who are doing the crucifixions. I do think you need to read the report to get the gist of what is really happening. On the surface there is an accusation of apostasy, but aspostasy from what? It seems that the young men being crucified actually belong to rival rebel groups. It seems that not all rebel groups are created equal, if you know what I mean. ISIS is an ultra-extreme version of Islam. The name means that the group comes from Iraq as well as from Syria. They are extremist Sunni rebels, but they do not have the backing of Saudi Arabia.
It seems that the Syrian situation is bogged down because of the intervention of Al Qaeda. On top of that there are Islamists from all over the world who have gone to Syria to fight against Assad. For example, there have been several of them who have come from Australia (they are officially Australian citizens, but they were not born in Australia), and some of these “fine and upstanding citizens” have been killed during the fighting. I speak with forked tongue when I call them “fine and upstanding”. The fact is that these “citizens” are extremist and they have taken their extremism with them. Some of these “fine citizens” have faced the courts in relation to their extreme activities in Australia… I hope that you are catching on to what is happening here.
The Civil War in Syria has been like descent into hell. It is a war that remains very uncivil. If Assad had resisted the temptation to repress those who were protesting in the first place, he might have retained an upper hand, and stayed in favour with other nations. However, he set about repressing those who were against him. It was a wrong move. So long as there are rival rebel groups, it is impossible to support any of them. It seems that they are content to kill each other, as well as their enemies.
In the end somebody must pay for these atrocities. It will not be Assad who has to pay for the deaths of these young men. Ultimately, I now believe that Assad will be vindicated.