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?
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…
“I can’t hear you….”
What do they say about Short Man’s Syndrome?
Oh yea. That.
Once KGB, Always KGB.
Current Head of Egypt.
He is a Judge.
He declared himself President.
|The Supreme Leader of Iran.
and he Tweets!
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We make it.
We make Everything.