A repost from 9-12-2013; just a little peek back in time:
When the so-called Arab Spring began in Egypt and the peaceful demonstrators of multiple faiths took down a dictator, I recall how positive the news media and the people they interviewed were about it. Jeb and I were in an airport then awaiting our flight home from Florida after having gone there for a metrology conference at Disney World.
We watched the Christian demonstrators protecting the Muslim ones while they prayed and Jeb was touched. I was a little… hm. Not sure if horrified is the right word or not. Their hearts were in the right place, but I thought maybe their common sense wasn’t properly engaged. Weren’t any of them up on history? (Those who fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it). Those Muslims they were protecting at that moment would very soon turn on them after the dictator was brought down.
This is how I feel about Syria too.
The news I looked through this morning only supported my attitude toward the situation: some Syrians saying they don’t know who’s attacking them, but they want the U.S. to come to their rescue; Al Qaeda insurgents saying that both Assad and the U.S are their enemy and they’d like us to fight each other so they can take over and “save Muslims from oppression.”
By this, they mean imposing Sharia law. If you’ve ever seen it in action, you know it’s the most oppressing form of government in the world, for both Muslims and non-Muslims: people being caned or whipped in the street for such “crimes” as marrying a divorced woman too soon or drinking; women stoned to death for either adultery or having been the victim of rape; people being permanently maimed for theft, executed for heresy, apostasy, or evangelism; women harassed and arrested if they don’t have sufficient hijab or a Mahram escort, faces scrubbed with brillo pads or washed with acid if they wear makeup; people arrested or even killed for voicing honest opinions that do not match up with that endorse by religious leaders….
Sharia is an ugly thing beyond compare but if people in the Middle East want to put up with it, then let’s just let them. There is no saving anyone who’s willing to accept it.
Patterns are something I’m good at spotting. It serves me very well in my job as too the rest of my life. I knew what would come of the Arab Spring. The Muslims would fight with the help of everyone else, as happened in Iran and many other places as well, then they would take over and impose Sharia law on everyone, and all but Muslims of their sect would be sidelined and/or persecuted. And yes, that is exactly what happened.
It will happen in Syria too. If the U.S. intervenes, it will happen even faster and more decisively because the hardliner Muslims there (Al Qaeda in this case) will use us as a scape goat for any turmoil and bloodshed that ensues. They will use innocents for body sheilds and political statements. They’ll do other bad stuff and either claim we did it, or claim our presence made them do it. This always happens whenever the U.S. sends in the Calvary with the idea (perhaps only of the masses) that we will help this middle eastern people in their quest for democracy and freedom.
It DID happen in Syria and Iraq and Nigeria too and will soon happen elsewhere unless Muslims themselves put a stop to it. Best we quarantine them from the rest of the world unless they do. The Islamist are mass murdering thousands of non-Muslims there now.
The majority are Muslim! They don’t do democracy and freedom and they definitely disrupt it for their non-Muslim countrymen as well. If we intervene, then we’re the boogeyman they use to keep everyone in thrall to them. And no one will thank us for that.
Does anyone remember the Cinema Rex in Abadan that was boarded up with movie goers still inside and set fire during the Iranian revolution? 300 people were burned alive in that fire and the hardliner Muslims among the revolutionaries claimed it to have been done by SAVAK, the Shah’s secret police. But this turned out to be a lie. Imam Khomeni himself had ordered the mass murder in order to frame the Shah for it. This is the sort of strategy employed by Islamist terrorists.
Do we really know that Assad used chemical weapons on his own people? It’s possible, of course, but looking at Abadan, there may be far more sinister powers at work: hardliners installing themselves in power through acts of terror that can blamed on others. Lets not be the ones they can use to that end.
Besides, whatever the masses think our intentions are over there, corporations and holders of power have OTHER intentions… okay, maybe just one: profit. And they use the lives of our young people and our resources to go and get it, embroiling us in one war after the other if not several at once.
Any agreements we make with any parties to provide them with any kind of military or matriel assistance in the Middle East is tantamount to a deal with the Devil.
It’s time we all delivered a flat “NO!” to both sides of this equation: hardliner Muslim and American power/war mongers alike. Tell them to get stuffed! If they want to go and play in the Middle-Easter quagmire, let them go for it. But let’s not support or go with them. Just lets give them one-way plane tickets to that hell and cut off all relations with them.