I devote several hours each day watching Fox News so I can find out what the Republican party wants America to do about its foreign policy. From John McCain to John Boehner I have been informed that President Obama lacks a backbone and will not send guns and ammunition to those Syrians who want to kill the bad guys. I assume that Republicans want to fight in the Middle East but the dude from Africa just lacks good old American guts. After all, we Americans took out Saddam Hussein and just think how we changed the Middle East. So, the new Republican mantra is arm the good people in Syria and bring peace and prosperity to one and all. Well, we now have evidence how this idea is working. It is now clear that weapons sent to “moderate Syrians” are winding up with Islamic militants. Al Qaeda just sent a message of thanks to the American government for supplying them with weapons including TOW missiles. “The lions of the Nura Front” found weapons at our headquarters.
Problem: “Moderates” are not endowed with the spirit of violence. They are not true believers and when confronted with militants ready to die for an idea, they head the other way. In every guerrilla war for t he past hundred years, those who BELIEVE wind up victorious. Moderates simply lack faith in any goal that would lead them to surrender their lives. There is not a violent moderate group in the Middle East which is ready to die for its beliefs. Enjoying social media is not a belief that leads to victory over crazed militant warriors.