Why Taking Out Assad is a Stupid Thing to Do
You’ve all heard it, the constant refrain that the only way to bring peace to Syria is to somehow “get rid of” or “remove,” and probably just assassinate, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. You’ve heard it from American and European politicians and from countless overpaid talking heads on the corporate news networks. I am here to say that they are idiots, morons, fools and ignoramuses, as well as being in many cases boors and turds. This is why.
They don’t even pay attention to very recent history. We don’t even have to go that far back. In 2011, America and a couple of European powers colluded to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi, the longtime dictator of Libya. He was not a nice man. He led an authoritarian, repressive regime which tolerated no dissent. He’d even written a Little Green Book, something of an Arab version of Mao’s Little Red Book, in which he said some weird and possibly crazy things. Well, so did Mao. He also wanted to trade oil with a currency other than American dollars. He had to go. And he went.
And look at Libya now. Chaos, two different governments claiming national sovereignty in Tripoli and Tobruk. Instability. A breeding ground for terrorists who now plague some neighboring countries. Hillary Clinton bragged “We came. We saw. He died.” Ha fucking ha. So did I don’t know how many Libyans. They continue to die trying to escape to Europe.
Let’s go back just a wee bit further in time, to 2003. Saddam Hussein is an evil, brutal dictator who butchers his own people! This evil man definitely has Weapons of Mass Destruction and will use them on America! We can’t wait for confirmation in the form of a mushroom cloud! You remember all that.
So the great and noble American Empire conquered Iraq, executed Saddam, and…we’re still there! Thousands of civilians dying in Mosul right fucking now, killed by indiscriminate American air strikes and Iraqi government artillery bombardment. A truly insane terrorist group that didn’t even exist before 2003 took over a third of both Iraq and Syria thanks to our little imperial and oh-so humanitarian adventure. Now they have to be destroyed, and the cost is borne by people who just wanted to be able to live and watch their children grow up in peace. Iraqis all over the country live in constant fear of suicide bombers or American bombers, neither of which they had to worry about before Bush’s crusade.
And now our moronic leaders want to do the same thing to Syria. In fact, to a large extent they already have. Obama, you moron.
The modern states of Syria, Libya and Iraq were all consequences of European imperialism. The Italians took Libya away from the Ottoman Empire and ruled it until World War II. Syria was given to the French and Iraq to the British in a secret deal, the Sykes-Picot Agreement, during World War I. After the war, in spite of the pleas of the Arabs who had risen in revolt to provide invaluable aid to the Allies against the Turks, not to mention those of Lawrence of Arabia, the French and British took those countries over with military force. They also drew the the borders with no regard to all of the different ethnicities and religious groups that already lived there.
They didn’t care. Neither has any interventionist American government since. It was a recipe for disaster then, and still is. The fact is, the only times those countries have had any kind of stability where their people didn’t have to worry about getting blown up on the way to work or market or school or religious services has been when there was a strong, authoritarian leader in charge. Like it or not, that is just a fucking fact.
I work with a couple of Egyptians. Yes, they’re both Coptic Christians, but they grew up in Egypt. I asked one what he thought of Sisi, the current ruthless dictator. “I like him,” he replied. “I know he’s a dictator, and I know he’s repressive and all that, but democracy just doesn’t work in Egypt. Otherwise the religious nuts will take over, and that’s worse.”
He did mean religious nuts like ISIS. Or the Saudis.
So when the Russian Foreign Minister recently publicly asked the question, “What is your game plan?” to Rex Tillerson and Donald Trump, he asked a very good question. So you get rid of Assad, a dictator much like Gaddafi, Hussein, and Sisi for that matter. Then what?
The silence from Washington and our corporate media is deafening. We know damned well what: the same thing that happened in Libya and Iraq. That’s not liberation. It’s mass murder on a scale that Assad would never have perpetrated. It’s unnecessary suffering for millions of people, including beautiful babies. It’s a spawning ground for more suicide bombers and even more atrocities.
So the people who advocate getting rid of Assad are either (A)Stupid or (B)Evil because they see a chance to make a profit selling weapons in the aftermath.
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