What is going on in Syria is not a “War”, nor a “Civil War”, it is a game being played by the major powers, principally the US and Israel, where the goal is to weaken the Shia and Sunni participants and perhaps, get an opening to deal a death-blow to Hizbollah. The willing players in this game, are the Shia and Sunni Syrians who are being goaded into an unbridgeable sectarian war with each other. Ultimately, the winners will be the Western powers and the losers will be everyone in Syria, plus Hizbollah in Lebanon.
When Hafez Al-Assad died in June 2000 and his son Bashar Al Assad took over, there was a brief period of hope that this British-trained Ophthalmologist would bring some freedom to the country and maybe a degree of democracy. After all, Bashar was a reluctant heir-apparent because it was his older brother Bassel, who was being groomed to take over, not him.
Bashar did bring in a little liberalization here and there, but people who held high hopes for the introduction of democracy and freedom in Syria were doomed to be disappointed. Things got tighter and tighter until March of 2011, when the people of Syria started a popular movement for the end of Assad rule and for a popular government rule in Syria. The movement was generally peaceful in the beginning, with people from all sects and religions participating against the Assad regime, but the regime successfully divided the people using fear of the “other” to gain greater support. At first, Bashar’s government sought support from their own sect, the Alawites of Syria. The government took advantage of the fact that about 70% of Syrians were Sunni while the country was ruled by the tiny Alawite Sect which is closer to Shia. The government portrayed the opposition as being close-minded Sunnis who would exact revenge on the Alawites for the tyrannical rule of the Alawite Assad family; it was a persuasive argument and the tiny Alawite minority felt they had no choice but to support Assad. The government’s next step was to approach the Christians and other minority sects who were struggling to remain neutral and tell them that an intolerant, pro-Saudi government can only bring brutal oppression on them. Read more »
President Obama’s speech was just great today, he spoke resolutely, looking presidential, moral and protective of the USA.
Most Americans would have felt proud that their president was standing up for justice, against Gitmo, against terrorism and unwaveringly for the United States.
That is, until we realize that the man before us is a lawyer and is excellent at selecting words so that most people believe they are hearing what they want to hear. This was a speech where we heard a lot, but most of the sounds were of Obama tap-dancing around real issues, saying he had nothing to do with things that he had everything to do with and we were…ARE…expected to lap it all up as God’s own truth. As Groucho Marx once said, “Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?” Read more »
These are the thoughts running through most minds in America, Muslims included. Yes, we Muslims were praying for the perpetrators to not be Muslim, but deep in our hearts, we had a suspicion that the chances of the perpetrators being Muslim were pretty high. Most of us are worrying about reactions from non-Muslim Americans who range from impressionable (by bigots), neutral folks to those who want us all out of our country, to those who would rather just pick up their guns and “get rid” of us…thanks to self-promoting fear-mongering bigots like Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer, Stephen Emerson, Pamela Geller, Bridgette Gabriel and scores of others.
The two Muslim boys/men are from Kyrgyzstan, originally part of Chechens who had been mass-deported there from Chechnya by Stalin. They had grown up in the US and were quite the normal kids, good students with friends. So, what happened? Obviously, we will not find out unless the younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (probably derived from ‘Jauhar’…Jewel) is captured alive and decides to talk, but I can speculate.
The following is a generalization and does NOT cover all Muslims or, ALL non-Muslim Americans, but part of the reason is that Read more »
Here it comes, the wide-eyed look of shocked innocence…why do “they” hate us so much? After all we did liberate them from Saddam who was absolutely the worst example of depravity.
Ten years after the invasion of Iraq (let us not dwell on Afghanistan for now), we have nothing but unimaginable destruction, mayhem and slaughter at record scales, to show for what we have done, let’s see how and what we did there…
Before the invasion, Iraq was a thriving nation with modern amenities, systems that were more advanced than most countries in the region. Iraq had civil services that ran smoothly…a Police that kept law and order, transportation, healthcare, education that rivaled the best among most nations.
It was our plan to destroy the infrastructure of the entire nation. “infrastructure” means everything that makes things work; destroy power generation, destroy bridges and roads, destroy all manufacturing plants; if it moves, destroy it, if it makes something, destroy it.
Iraq was, as our leaders promised, “pushed back to the Stone Age”.
We told our own people, who were desperate to see only the best in America, that we were saving all humanity, that if Saddam were to continue to lead Iraq, he would use his “Weapons of Mass Destruction” (WMD) on his neighbors including (gasp!!) ISRAEL and quite possibly, the US itself. Read more »
Below is the cover letter I sent to the members of the House Congressional Asia Pacific American Caucus, along with an overview of the documents that I included in the CD that went with the letter..
The plan is to get members of congress aware of the hostile climate created against Islam and Muslims with funding from the Federal Government and with luck, they will then start inquiries as to why our government should be so deeply involved in creating and promoting hate against their own citizens.
Muslims should be paying attention to the hate being cultivated against them and should be thinking of collective actions against such hate. tragically, what divides us (sectarianism and apathy) appears to be stronger than what should be bringing us closer (anti-Muslim hate-promotion). Read more »
Wonderful news! Today (Feb 16th 2013) we killed 64 Shia in Quetta and last month we killed another hundred Shia in Quetta, this is REAL progress! Jazak Allah to all the Muslim brothers and sisters who have helped us in this holy effort! Our struggle against Kufr and Shirk in the world would not be possible without YOUR help so congratulations are due to you…ALL of you.
You might wonder why we are sharing the glory of killing Shia with you because so many of you, our brothers and sisters in Islam, are living so far away…as far as America and Europe. Yes, some of you help us directly by Read more »