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So, What About Syria?

It has become increasing clear that neither General Trump nor General Cruz have much to offer about  the situation in Syria. I know they want to carpet bomb some place but just about every place in Syria has been bombed and bombed. At this moment, believe it or not, there is a strange quiet in this forlorn area of the world. The guns are sort of silent, trucks with food are creeping into isolated cities, and just about every group has reached the point of exhaustion. Al Nusra,the al-Qaeda group is furious at ISIS which stole its prominence, and the Free Syrian Army just is tired of the year after year attempt to overthrow President Assad.

The Russians are leaving, but the Iranian Revolutionary Guards remain to support President Assad. I do realize Republicans want to shoot someone, but there is simply no group around willing or ready to shoot anyone. The reality is that President Assad will be with us for the near future. About the only effective fighters against Assad remain the P.K.K. Kurds and they are hated by the Turks.

Anyway, all is quiet on the eastern front–at least for a day.

 

All Quiet On Syrian Front?

Believe it or not but we have now witnessed two entire days without massive fighting in Syria. I realize this sudden interlude is bothering Republican military heroes such as Donald Trump or Ted Cruz who want to carpet bomb someone to prove they understand how to win wars against terrorists. However, for the most part, rebels against Assad are enjoying the first quiet time in years. OK, so the cease fire agreement is not 100% satisfactory since Russia retains the right to bomb “terrorists.”

The real question is whether this strange interlude could result in something that is long term in Syria. So, what are the options for American leaders?

1. They must accept the reality that for the immediate future, there will be a President Assad in Syria.

2. They must accept the reality there will be areas set aside for various rebel groups.

3. The US must realize that Russian is now a power in the Middle East.

Any good news in sight?

1. It is now time for the US to work with Iran in order to get the Russians out of the Middle East. Sorry, Republicans, but Iran is the only hope right now to create some sort of quiet time.

2. It is time for Israel to shut up about the “Iranian menace.”

3. The people of Syria need PEACE AND QUIET so they will cease heading for Europe.

Such is reality. A concept that is foreign to the minds of those seeking to become president of the United States.

Let’s Explain Syria!

The other day I received a phone call from Donald Trump and Marco and Ted which requested my presence because neither of these Ivy League minds can explain who  is who or where in Syria. I was requested to explain this nation.

1. The original inhabitants of Syria were called Syrians.

2. The Awaite minority  is the homeland President Assad. The main occupation of Alawites is to make certain one of them is always running Syria.

3. There are ISIS groups in Syria who want to control tourist places so they can bomb them to hell.

4.There are al-Qaeda guys in Syria fighting somebody,sorry, it changes from day to day.

5. There are the Kurds who are liked by Americans and hated by the Turkish government.

6. The nice Kurds kill terrorists.

7. The bad Kurds, according  the Turkish  government want to take over Turkey.,

8. Turkey is an ally of the US.

9, There is a Free Syrian Army which wants to end the Assad government.

10. There is the not so free Syrian Army which likes President Assad.

11. There, as always, is al-Qaeda pursuing its own aims which are centered around the idea of power–keeping it, that is.

12. The Saudi Arabia planes kill bad Syrians who like Assad.

13. Then,there are Saudis who love Assad.

14. Then, there is Assad who loves the president’s job and the loot that goes with it.

15. Oh, US, French, UK, Jordan and assorted Europeans bomb Syria and have absolutely no idea who are the bad or who are the good guys. Just bomb and bomb, by the law of averages they are bound to kill at least one bad guy each day–along with a few other folks.

16. Then there are the Russians who just enjoy a good war they can maybe win.

I trust this clears up the  Syrian war.

Who Are Bad Guys In Syria?

I realize that Republicans want to carpet bomb Syria into oblivion, but these days it is mighty hard to figure out who in the hell to bomb. For example:

1. There is the Free Syrian Army which hates President Assad and the Russians.

2. Turkey wants to bomb anti-Assad groups but also wants to bomb Kurds which are anti-Assad fighters.

3. The Russians are bombing enemies of President Assad but sort of ignoring ISIS and al Qaeda.

4. The US, England,France, Jordan and god knows who else is bombing Assad and his allies but not Russian ones.

5. The Democratic Union army is sort of anti-Assad but also anti those fighting Assad.

6. The Iranians help Assad and the Saudis help anti-Assad and also attack some  anti-Assad fighters.

We challenge anyone to come up with a score card as to who are the right guys to bomb!

Bad Times In ISIS Land

These are not the best of times in ISIS land what with Russian bombings, American bombings, Turkish bombings, and even Saudi Arabia bombings. Then again,there is always the problem that if Donald Trump is elected he will personally lead the wipe out of ISIS based on his great, great plan. ISIS us cutting salaries ending free utilities, reducing marriage bonuses, and worse of all, no more free energy drinks or Snicker bars! We  offer some advice.

1. Instead of beheading, why not switch to ransom?

2. Make a deal with Walmart to sell black tee shirts with the ISIS logo.

3. How about tours which include one beheading?

4. I have a hunch some of those brides after a few weeks in ISIS land would not mind being married off to some rich Arabs.

5. ISIS might offer to provide protection for Trump when he speaks in Texas or the southwest.

 

Who Gets Killed Today?

Each day we pick up a newspaper to discover how many  people got killed in Syria. Each day, some commentator in Syria shows pictures of dead bodies, and it is absolutely certain at least three of four will be children.  Latest figures indicate that since Russia began its bombing offense a few  months ago, at least 1,000 civilians have been killed. The Russians insist they also killed  893 Islamic militants. Most probably the dead bad guys are those who oppose President Assad.

My questions are:

How does a pilot know exactly which guy down below is a bad guy?

Who collects this data– the pilots or some people in some office, somewhere?

Is there any possibility, even a slim one, that innocent people also die during these attacks?

P.S. The other guys killed over 4,000 bad guys.

US –Get Ready To Bomb And Bomb

The ongoing mantra of Republican presidential candidates is lets have a  bombing party one day after the next.  Ted wants to carpet bomb the desert, and Donald has a Great Plan to bomb the hell out of ISIS who hide in cities. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter made clear that Drones are going to enter the campaign against ISIS so you Muslim bad people better learn to duck.  “We will begin by collapsing ISIS control over both cities(Raqqa and Mosul) and then engage in  elinimation operations.”

In other words, identify a city where ISIS is fighting, send in the planes, then send in the drones, and wipe out the bad people. Unfortunately, in the  end some boots on the ground will really have to do the work of wiping out ISIS. Now, exactly who are those boots on the ground? They certainly are not American boots!

Silence Of The Imams

The United States of America has played an important role in creating the mess which now dominates the Middle East. Syria is simply one example of misguided efforts by the Bush administration and Republicans seeking the presidency. However, the reality is that civil war rages in Syria and it is based upon conflict between Muslim groups. At points it is impossible to understand who is killing who in what constitutes the “nation” of Syria.

But, there is a strange silence about daily deaths in Syria. Finally, the Syrian government allowed trucks loaded with supplies to enter the besieged town of  Madaya. Reports indicate dozens have died of malnutrition and thousands are rapidly reaching that stage. But, the amazing aspect of this situation is the silence emanating from Muslim clerics. Where are the Martin Luther Kings marching to support Muslims dying? Where are demands from Muslim leaders for an end to murdering innocent Muslims? T

The silence falls on deaf ears!

Putin Makes A Point

During the administration of George H.W. Bush and George Bush the goal of US European foreign policy was to push NATO eastward to ensure that anti-Russian nations were on the  Russian border.  As Putin put it: “twenty-five years ago,the Berlin wall fell, but invisible walls moved to eastern Europe. NATO and the United States wanted to complete victory over the Soviet Union. This had led to mutual misunderstandings and assignments of guilt. We’e done everything wrong.

The key word is “we’ve’ which indicates that Putin is finally admitting a role in creating tensions in eastern Europe. At one of the Republican debates Carly Fiorina boasted that if she were president she would place missiles on the border of Russia. Other Republicans wanted to shoot down Russian planes in Syria. Russia had a point, threatening to destroy Russia carries consequences. And, Trump and the boys and girls are dangerous to the cause of peace in eastern Europe.
 

Death In Syria

I have met some wonderful people who adhere to the Muslim religion here in America. There is no question that at least 90% of the 1.8 billion people who are Muslim believe in peace and love for all people. But, there remains the question of how Muslims in Syria conduct themselves. The town of Madya has been besieged for over a year and food and other supplies barely allowed in for the inhabitants. Pictures depict half starved little children and people eating grass to survive, and when I say, “grass” I do not mean, drugs.

I have yet to come across any group of imams in Syria demanding an end to this brutality. I have not come across statements from Muslim clerics in Egypt or Saudi Arabia blasting this treatment of Muslims. Silence reigns while Muslims starve!