A Recipe for Disaster- Syria

Note: This is a rambling post and contains disturbing photo’s 

I’ve been contemplating the ‘situation’ in Syria.

To do this, with even a modicum of perspective, I must consider the history of the region.

And it is a mess- then, now, tomorrow.

I must start by saying I am not an expert on anything- especially the Middle East, but I do possess the ability to think rationally, even apply logic and factor out the overwhelming urge to react emotionally.

You could say I’m ‘cold’ but I would argue I’m actually a very warm loyal generous woman who delights in dancing in the love I feel for my family and close friends. And my garden.

I ‘feel’, but I try not to let it cloud my conclusions. 

I am not a stereotype- the weepy, hysterical, female who saves kittens from burning buildings (well, maybe one or two), more a woman warrior who has never been afraid to confront egregious behavior, or people, or policy.

But, how do I internalize a global problem that’s thousands of miles away?

How do I connect to it? Commit to it? Confront it?

I can’t- really. Neither can you.

We are being asked to support a ‘surgical’ military assault, to disengage the further use of chemical weapons, in a country that is embroiled in an internal war (I hesitate to use the word ‘civil’ because that implies a righteous cause towards freedoms- at least for me, and that ain’t gonna happen).

It seems to me that most of the governing bodies of most of the countries in this region are oppressive and intolerant and violent. 

It seems to me that 50% of these populations are considered irrelevant. 

It seems to me that all uprisings are pressed by equally abhorrent characters- in other words, it’s a lose/lose. 

What to do? What to do?

I have to ask a few basic questions to form a conclusion:

1) Of what fundamentals were these countries formed?
Answer: the fundamental need to survive in regions with climate extremes, little potable water, and difficult land to traverse. 
Theory: thus ‘Tribal’ mentalities formed to protect resources. Not share– protect.

2) What do these cultures value?
Answer: The ever idealized conditions for perfection in practicing their own ‘tribes’ beliefs, in a perfect homogeneous state of being, that excludes any other’s beliefs because any other is ‘false’ and those that live differently are not just misled but should be extinguished. 
Theory: They are founded in rigid intolerance. They will forever be intolerant. If you disagree- you’re kidding yourself.

3) What do these cultures de-value?
Answer: Females. Other tribes. Life. Liberty. 
Theory: Human collateral damage is acceptable- but not so much religious sites (like where the sixteenth son of the saddle master for the 3rd footman of some rebel leader from the 5th century gathered water in a drought). 

4) Have these cultures evolved?
Answer: Not really. Except with technology and weaponry, handled by a few privileged people. The rest are chattel for the offering.  
Theory: It’s difficult to incorporate modern social conditions when you have a fractured populace, extreme monetary disenfranchisement, only engage 50% of your population in economic growth, still bake bread over hot coals, have substandard sanitary conditions and need an ak47 to go to the market. 

5) Why are we involved, at all?
Answer: (and not in order of importance) Oil. Israel. Making sure we still have a Big Stick. Preventing crazy little men with little dick’s from pressing the red button. Global survival of the species. That’s all.
Theory: There will always be a crazy little man with a syphilitic little dick that wants to stick it to you. It’s a marathon people- not a race, to protect ourselves.

6) Should we be involved?
Answer: No.
Theory: Last week I felt that if America should stand for anything it should be the consequences of using chemical weapons. 

That, if we could rain on their capabilities, stock piles, delivery systems, we should. You crossed a line. Play nice- or at least kill each other traditionally. 

That the other big kids on the block were watching to see if we had lost our nerve. Were we gonna swing? Or were we gonna bunt? 

Conclusion: America still stands for liberty and freedom, but we live in a world that is becoming more difficult to differentiate the good guys from the bad guys. 

Getting involved won’t stop anything, anyone, in any place, at any time

We don’t know who set off the Sarin. And we will never know. They are all liars. 

I know, with my gut and my mind, that the ‘rebel’ forces are as bad as the standing regime. Who knows- maybe al-Assad, with all of his injustices, was just keeping a lid on a hornets nest. 

In fact, that’s the way I feel about the entire Middle East- a hornet’s nest- full up with intolerable warring tribes that don’t value life and will never change. 

Then add the downpour of manna falling from heaven (the benefit of oil resources) into the hands of a massively uneducated, unsophisticated, angry, intolerant, hot, thirsting, oppressed peoples and you have a recipe for disaster…

and it’s left a bad taste in my mouth. 
Bashar al-Assad
“I can’t hear you….”

North Korea’s
Kim Jong-un
What do they say about Short Man’s Syndrome?
Oh yea. That.

Vladimer Putin.
Once KGB, Always KGB.

Adly Mansour
Current Head of Egypt.
He is a Judge.
He declared himself President.
The Supreme Leader of Iran.
Hassan Rouhani-
and he Tweets!

China’s Puppet
Prime Minister
Xi Jinping
Do you like my chair?
We make it.
We make Everything.

PS: What about Darfur?
If there was EVER a cause to get behind….
We could have ended this in a week.

  • kblakecash - Well stated.

    The World has spoken. We belong to a union of allegedly civilized nations, the UN. The violations of international law that have taken place are under the UN’s jurisdiction. It is up to them to act, not us.

    You know, like when the guy who is now acting like a vigilante called George Zimmerman a vigilante?


  • William Kendall - The UN, unfortunately, is disfunctional… Russia and China will never, ever sign off on these things, yet it should be done, if it must, through joint efforts, a real coalition.


    • A Pleasant House - I don’t even know what the UN stands for (in my lifetime). They do good works but are a waste of taxpayers $. They should be ejected from the US and made to stand ground in a less defensible country.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Rudell Beach - I’m so torn on this issue. I agree that sometimes it seems we do pick and choose which humanitarian causes we want to get involved in as a nation. But even as a pacifist, I do believe there is validity to humanitarian intervention and stopping cruelty and crimes against humanity when they are being committed by a government in power. I know the message of “you attacked people so we’ll attack you” is so hypocritical, but I think proclaiming values of freedom and human dignity, and then not upholding them is, too. It’s just a tough situation all around. And hasn’t the UN indicated they would not support action against al-Assad? Maybe I heard that wrong…. Ugh, I know we don’t want to be the world’s policeman …. tough stuff to think about….ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Sarah, I’d love to be a fly on the wall with this one. This is a humanitarian crisis but there are so many more that we don’t involve ourselves in. How to choose?ReplyCancel

  • Terrye - Unlike so many that just blurt out that they are for the war because they are loyal to obama or they are against it because they are against him, you have laid out a very informed argument. Nicely stated and well thought out.

    I was watching on Fox News today, an interview with a gentleman that has studied this region from the biblical times and quoted passages in the bible relating to Syria. It could have been written today. That area has been in turmoil for thousands of years. Dropping bombs on it would be a lot like poking a hornet’s nest with a sharp stick. All it’ll do it stir up the hornets.

    • A Pleasant House - A ‘Hornet’s nest’ is all I think you have to say TT. The solution is not acceptable because the region doesn’t allow it- historically- of religiously. It is A LOST CAUSE- we just can’t accept that in the West.ReplyCancel

  • Rich Rumple - You and I are of the same thought pattern on this. However, I cannot trust a politician, regardless of what party he supposedly represents. The only parties that matter to them are the $1000 a plate parties that get them elected prior to getting into office, and the $1000 a plate parties that entertain their friends after getting elected. This bombing of Syria is strictly a ploy to ensure big business has an opportunity to raise oil prices, enrich themselves with government contracts, and hopefully (for the politicians), distract the population from what’s really happening in the country. So, we drop bombs to kill innocents on those that use chemical weapons to kill innocents. And, that makes us better? We’ve fought extremists for decades, so, now we join them? None of it makes any sense. But, we’re only the little people that don’t matter. Now, if we could afford a few $1000 a plate dinners …ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - This whole debate is confusing to me. Okay- Sarin was used- but by who? If you were one of these Godless rebels wouldn’t it be obtuse to release on an unassuming populace, knowing that the USA would blame the very government you are trying to topple, thus mount a strike that would, in fact, strengthen YOUR position? Am I crazy?ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I agree with everything you say and think. These people on both sides hate us with a passion. Neither is good. I believe it is a oil issue as they say…follow the money. I also think that it is not an accident that Obama has gotten to this place. I think one of his goals is to make sure America, the United States, is no longer a powerful nation. Two thumbs up to Rich Rumple above about the distraction factor too!ReplyCancel

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