THE STAR LEDGER | Paul Mulshine | February 13, 2012
Follow that link to Antiwar.com and you will read that "a new video today from al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri is also calling for international intervention against Bashar Assad, urging Muslim fighters from neighboring nations to join the rebels."
How did we end up on the same side as the people who attacked us on 9/11?
It's complicated but it reinforces Ron Paul's view that we Americans are the last people on Earth who are going to sort out the Mideast.
One of the few Americans who understands just how complicated is Larry Johnson, a former CIA spook I like to chat with from time to time.
In those chats with him and others in the know about the Mideast, I have come to understand why the kind of bozos who live inside the Beltway should stick to running America and not try to run the world.
Here Larry explains why our policy toward Syria is doomed:
So where is our Middle East policy? IT IS A TOTAL MESS. And yes, this is also the fault of Secretary Clinton. I like and respect Secretary Clinton, but the current policy unfolding in the Middle East may show some strokes of tactical brilliance, but the strategic vision is zero. We are now on a collision path for a war with Iran while having lost significant influence over the key Sunni nations–Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
We are now in a position that we may act in Syria to counter Iranian influence and, whether by design or by accident, will empower the most radical elements of Sunni Islam. Those radical Sunnis have populated the ranks of Al Qaeda over the past 20 years. U.S. influence in the region has eroded dramatically. Egypt is trying to prosecute democratic activists and the Muslim Brothers will be in full control of the Parliament. Our relationship with Turkey also has soured.
And then there's Taki's take on it:
What is the Syrian uprising all about? That’s an easy one. The Sunni Saudis are financing the Sunnis in Syria to get rid of the governing Alawite clique. The Syrian army is Alawite-led, the Alawites being a minority and an offshoot of Shia Islam. Get it? The Saudis fear Shiite Iran, which is helping Assad. The Sunni-led kleptocracies of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf are posturing and threatening war against Iran’s Shiites and Syria’s Shiite-Alawite regime. It is the game of nations, a fight between Sunnis and Shiites in reality, but I don’t expect many of the Super Bowl-winning team’s defensive linemen to understand it.
Oh and by the way, the side backed by the U.S. government seems to be killing Christians:
The Christian community in Syria has been hit by a series of kidnappings and brutal murders; 100 Christians have now been killed since the anti-government unrest began.
A reliable source in the country, who cannot be identified for their own safety, told Barnabas Aid that children were being especially targeted by the kidnappers, who, if they do not receive the ransom demanded, kill the victim.
Next time you hear Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum tell you he's got the magic formula for the Mideast, look at Ron Paul and ask yourself why he's considered the crazy one on the stage.