Thursday, August 22, 2013

Syrian children gassed: is Assad a suicidal maniac?

From Mr Alexander Boot:

The civil war in Syria is imposing heavy demands on our credulity. Mine is stretched to breaking point by Wednesday’s alleged chemical attack.

Why would Assad do a silly thing like that? Let’s consider the options.

One possible answer is that, in the clinical parlance, Assad must have a screw loose. The man is positively bent on suicide.

The fortunes of civil war have begun to favour him, with the enthusiastic but poorly organised rebel forces retreating all over the place. Any sane man would be satisfied with that.

But since we now know that Assad is a suicidal maniac, he couldn’t take the situation lying down. Lacking the nerve to shoot himself, he had to rely on others to do the job. What could he do for the rebels to be guaranteed to kill him?

Assad must have looked deep into his own soul and rephrased the question to make it more specific. “What can I do to lose the war and suffer the same fate as my Ba’athist mate Saddam?”

Clearly things couldn’t be allowed to develop naturally: his army was about to rout the chaps whose dietary preferences include human organs.

Assad’s only hope for assisted suicide was to draw Western powers into the conflict. Alas, while these powers were willing to support the rebels morally and materially, they seemed reluctant to commit their own forces.

The feeling there was that, after 11 years of futile turmoil, thousands of Western lives lost and billions wasted, Western electorates wouldn’t accept yet another asinine war. Unless, of course, some cataclysmic event could mobilise the West’s public opinion.

Once Assad got that far in his calculations, he knew exactly what he had to do.

If it took a cataclysm to draw the West in, the surest way for Assad to commit suicide was to deliver such a cataclysm on a platter. All he had to do was choose the right method and the right moment.

Now what would be the right method? Oh yes, didn’t Obama say that using chemical weapons would constitute crossing “the red line”? That’s it then. Sorted. Chemical weapons it is.

And the right moment? Easy-peasy. Didn’t the UN weapons inspectors arrive in Damascus on Sunday? Well then, let’s give them a couple of days to get settled and then put on a show for their benefit.

Easier done than said. Assad patiently waited until Wednesday and then launched a Sarin attack in the Ghouta suburb of Damascus, killing, as his opponents claim, hundreds of people, including women and children.

Job done. Or is it?

Yes, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius did threaten “a reaction of force” over the chemical attacks. If proven.

Yes, the US expressed its “deep concern” over the use of Sarin. If confirmed.

And yes, William Hague said the attacks would constitute a “shocking escalation in the use of chemical weapons in Syria”. If validated.

If, if, if! How can a chap kill himself if the potential agents of his demise continue to beat about the bush? Why can’t they invade first and ask questions later? The way they did in Iraq? Assad is getting desperate.

This, in broad strokes leavened with poetic licence, is the version of the events we’re expected to accept as real. No one has actually mentioned Assad’s suicidal tendencies, but one struggles to find any other plausible reason for his action.

Oh yes, one could think of another possible explanation: no Sarin attack has actually happened. What we’re witnessing is a publicity campaign launched by the rebels who are obviously poor losers.

This is of course conjecture, but the old investigative principle of Cui bono? seems to add weight to such an interpretation.

There we have it: either Assad is a suicidal maniac or the rebels are lying. If there’s another explanation, I’d like to know it.

Alexander Boot is a writer on political, cultural and religious themes


Blogger IanCad said...

Either way we should keep our noses well and truly out of this one.

We have caused enough trouble already.

Those poor little children. May Christ come soon.

22 August 2013 at 13:24  
Blogger David Hussell said...


Absolutely ! We have caused enough problems and distress abroad, whilst at home things are not exactly fine and dandy.

It may take years or decades to discover the awful truth. But this post puts a very valid question to everyone. The timing strains credulity.

He said, Suffer the little children to come unto me,

22 August 2013 at 13:36  
Blogger Naomi King said...

Bishop Nazir-Ali says

"There is considerable anguish and hand-wringing amongst the armchair orientalists and strategists over the situation in Egypt [and in Syria]. Those who thought that the "Arab Spring" was a harbinger of secular, Western-style democracy can now see it is nothing of the kind. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-led regime was headed inexorably towards a Sunni theocracy based on an unreconstructed imposition of Wahabbi-type Sharia which had led already, for example, to the harassment of women who would not abide by Islamist diktat over dress, freedom of movement and associating with unrelated males. Then there are those who had put their money on "moderate Islamism" being the future for the Middle East and beyond. If this meant sacrificing the freedoms of women, religious minorities and others, so be it. It had happened before, had it not, with Assyrians, Armenians and Jews? They have been surprised and even angered by the sudden reversal of fortunes."

"The West has a long history of backing dubious Islamist groups in the region, often at the behest of this orientalist elite. By supporting the Mujaheddin in Afghanistan, for instance, in their struggle against the Soviet-backed government there, it unwittingly created not only the Taliban but, arguably, international Islamist radicalism and terrorism. Similar stories can be told of Libya, Syria, and now Egypt [and now Syria ?]."

22 August 2013 at 13:47  
Blogger Naomi King said...

Is this the Shia muslims of Iran seeking to come back against the Sunni Muslims of much of the rest of the Middle East ?

22 August 2013 at 13:49  
Blogger Gnostic said...

My first reaction was - they're lying. And until they produce incontrovertible proof that doesn't consist of badly shot footage that could have come straight out of Pallywood, they are still lying.

22 August 2013 at 13:50  
Blogger Naomi King said...

Amen to that :

22 August 2013 at 13:53  
Blogger Naomi King said...

In a situation akin to chaos, where it is difficult to understand what is going on, the international community and the media need to be even-handed. Violence on all sides has to be condemned as unacceptable, whether this is attacks by extremist militia, the murder of women and children by rebels as appears to be the case here, or attacks and murder of Christians per se, civil war is indiscriminate and disproportionate. The whole middle east region seems to be descending into Shia/Sunni civil war.

22 August 2013 at 14:04  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

You've got conflict on at least three levels in Syria, I don't think it was Assad he has nothing to gain from this, it's more likely to be those in the area with a past track record Al Nasra who are getting weapons from the US or those with an affiliation to Gulf states Al Arabia that have the most to gain from doing this as they are anti Assad.
Obama and Putin aren't the best of friends at the moment either. We had better keep out of it other than to send first aid help.

22 August 2013 at 14:12  
Blogger Mr Integrity said...

I'm sure one of the shrouds with a mans head sticking out, the man was smiling!

22 August 2013 at 14:31  
Blogger AJ said...

There are several other possibilities. Here's two:

1) Assad ordered the attack because he believed that he could get away with it. The West does not want to intervene and Assad knows this.

2) One of Assad's generals ordered the attack. The situation is very chaotic and there is every reason to believe that individual generals hold a lot of power in Syria at the moment.

There's lots of other possibilities as well.

22 August 2013 at 14:31  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

While Western politicians faff around the edges making meaningless utterances of concern the ordinary public are in a no win situation and should recognise the fact.

Assad, Mubarak, Hussein all did afford room for Christians and minority factions. The alternative is already looming with the burning of churches and pointing the accusing finger for the unrest at the US/West and of course Israel. The Jews are heading for Israel and the last round up; it's already happening; and when it comes to the crunch, the West will have to get involved. And then what will Turkey do?; they already have and Islamic president and the invitation to join the EU. Meanwhile the advance guard Islamic presence is quietly settling in to Europe - and waiting.

What an awful legacy we are leaving to our grandchildren.

22 August 2013 at 14:39  
Blogger David B said...

I'm old enough to remember reports of chemical warfare in SE Asia that turned out to be bee pollen.

So the only chemical warfare there was agent orange - aimed against the enovirinment as a whole, not people despite its effects of them, which seemed in the eyes of the American powers that were to make it all right.

Which it wasn't.

I also remember lots of reports of cases of mass fainting and illness that seemed in hindsight to be the result of hysteria, fear and group reinforcement.

I do not want to present myself as a friend of Assad, which I certainly am not, but I don't know what is going on either, and want to withold a position on who to support and who to castigate until compelling evidence emerges about what has gone on.

I am also old enough to remember the liberal outcry, which I in full agreement with, regarding the revolt against the tyrannical and despotic rule, with American and other western support, of the Shah of Iran.

Awful as his regime was, I am in retrospect far from convinced that the theocracy that followed it represented an improvement.

What has happened in Syria remains a mystery, as far as I can see, and what would be the best result in the short to medium term for the people in that part of the world is, to my mind, equally uncertain.


22 August 2013 at 14:41  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Excuse the digression, Your Grace, but there's a useful intervention from that excellent Bishop Michael Nazir - Ali regarding the Girl Guides, as reported in The Telegraph today. See the anglicanmainstream website. This shows up secularism for the intolerant dogma that it is.

22 August 2013 at 14:56  
Blogger Naomi King said...

Here is more of what Nazir-Ali wrote about Egypt bit similar comments are relevant to Syria and all of the Muslim middle and far east and north africa.

"Fifteen million people signed the petition to remove the Brotherhood from power, and many more were involved in demonstrations up and down the country. In the absence of a parliament, how else was the will of the people to be expressed? Attempts were made, again and again, to make the government more inclusive of Egyptian society, but they were always thwarted by the intransigence of Islamists, who saw their chance of turning the largest Arab state into an Islamic one.

Even after the intervention by the armed forces, offers were made to include Islamist representatives in the government, but they were rejected in favour of a "purist" rather than a "realist" solution. How unsuccessful does even a democratically elected government have to be before some kind of change becomes necessary?

The economy was in a state of collapse, tourists were staying away and terrorism was rearing its ugly head in Sinai next to the most sensitive states in the region. Christians in Egypt have always been exposed to mob violence, state discrimination and persecution by extremists.

In the past year or so, however, there has been a sharp rise in the attacks on churches (on the Coptic Patriarchate itself), the killing of Christians (including children), the abduction of young girls who are forcibly converted and forcibly married and campaigns against Christians holding any position which gave them authority over Muslims. In the midst of all this was a president who seemed like a rabbit caught in the glare of headlights, frozen in inaction, knowing disaster was upon him but unable to act.

What has happened since his removal reveals some of the intentions of those whose plans were checked. Eyewitness accounts tell us of indiscriminate firing by demonstrators on residents of localities, through which they were marching.

Turning mosques into arsenals and shielding them with women and children is an old radical tactic, learned on the killing fields of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The radicals had promised that "Egypt would burn" if they were removed from power. The churches certainly are burning. Some have been set alight and some have burned all night.

The homes of priests and pastors, Christian schools, monasteries and bookshops have all been attacked. A Coptic commentator describes this as the worst pogrom since 1321. So much for the protection of minorities promised by the Morsi regime!

The attacks on the police and police stations is reminiscent of the heady days of the first revolution when the tactic was used to paralyse the police and to free prisoners from jails.

In this situation, it is difficult to understand what is going on. Violence on all sides as intimidation by extremists of citizens going about their business, the harassment of women, the attacks on Christians, the threat of civil war or, on the other hand, indiscriminate and disproportionate action by the security services (even when they have been fired upon or stones thrown at them by the protesters they have been seeking to remove).

It is, perhaps, inevitable that, in a country like Egypt, Sharia will play a role in framing the law of the land, but how much of a role, and what understanding of Sharia, are the crucial questions here. There should be no compromise on the basic principle of one law for all, the equality of all before the law and respect for the common citizenship of all Egyptians.

An Egyptian church leader has asked Western politicians and media to be very careful about what they say as it may encourage the radicals to continue in the way of violence and terrorism.

Certainly the state must be held to account in its exercise of power, but there must also be recognition that they are not dealing with peaceful protesters but with those who are determined to cause anarchy for their own ends."

How true much of this is about Syria today.

22 August 2013 at 14:58  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

I do not know what happened but we know that some of these people will stop at nothing and since the western intervention in Libya have been trying everything to get western air power on their side.

I sent a donation to medecins sans frontieres for humanitarisn relief and I hope others will do the same but NO MILITARY INTERVENTION. Pour decourager les autres.

22 August 2013 at 22:32  
Blogger Nick said...

I personally prefer yo jold fire before commenting on this incident. This is because we know the Wexstern media has its own political agenda and I would not be surprised if the rebels know it and exploit it.

Whether this incident is true or not it is likely to be catalyst for greater Western intervention in the region, which is what the rebels would like : though it will still earn the West anr rezpect from them.

As with the Palestinians, if they get the weapons necessary, they will commit even greater atrocities than they do already.

If our government had any sense they would take a bjg step back from this conflict. Sadly, thanks to distorted reoorting from the BBC, C4, and others, intervention is a more likely choice and will help increase the bloodshed and misery. It's time for HM Government to stop being the jihadists mercenary

22 August 2013 at 22:35  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

David B

I remember the Iranian revolution also.

Shortly before, on a whim, I made a historical study of revolutions and formulated a theory.

It stated

'In a revolution, a tyranny is replaced after a period of bloodshed by a worse tyranny with a firmer grip. Poverty and a foreign or civil war usually also ensue'

Then I had the chance to watch the Iranian revolution develop. It fitted my theory perfectly.

22 August 2013 at 22:42  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

From the Alternative media The Corbett Report

Video evidence that the Syrian rebels have chemical weapons seen here doing a practice run with lab rabbits.

23 August 2013 at 01:16  
Blogger OldSouth said...

His Grace does make very good points.

What distresses me is that it appears that the US government under Obama, acting in its peoples' name but without its knowledge, has been fueling the fires of this horrific tragedy all along.

It is just beginning to come to light here in the US, and the news is damning.

23 August 2013 at 03:21  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

There can be no doubt that the men who took up arms against Assad did so hoping that the west would intervene on the rebel side, as we had in Libya. They had some reason to hope for this based on the mood music from the west.

If we intervene here then why not in Sudan and the Congo as well where the death toll is higher?

Incidentally the well spoken Muslim chaplain of Cambridge university was on BBC radio 4's thought for the day yesterday using the platform to insist that the Syrian conflict is nothing to do with religion, i.e.Islam. He compared it with the northern Irish conflict. Some comparison!

Much as I loathe the IRA and the 'loyalist' murder gangs they only managed to kill 3000 people in 3 decades. There has been the equivalent of an Omagh and Iniskillen plus Bloody Sunday every day in Syria since this begun.

23 August 2013 at 05:57  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

Thank you for this post.

When I look at this photo I can easily understand why people have become hermits, live in caves, live on bread and water, meditate, pray, write poetry and remove themselves completely from earthly life.Who would want to live here? If this is committing a sin of despair, frankly, I don't give a toss!

23 August 2013 at 06:02  
Blogger David Hussell said...

I am heartened by the good sense shown by many of the posts on this blog. Also many of the people I meet in the course of my life, most not Christian or anything particularly, are of the opinion that we should stay out of these conflicts, but give humanitarian aid to all. Now if the collection of people that I encounter, OK there is a Christian bias there, can with the very limited news, information and intelligence that we , as ordinary citizens receive, can show such restraint, how is it that our elected Governments in much of the western world with all of their resources of information, can fail to see how foolish an armed intervention, or feeding more armaments to them, represents? Is it a lust for power or the feeling of total control with these people, that blinds them, that overcomes the almost inherent human caution towards killing other people. How can people in Government be so reckless ? This totally mystifies me.

23 August 2013 at 08:49  
Blogger G. Tingey said...

And, IF Sarin was used, as seems likely ... err ... where did the rebels get it from?
WHereas Assad is known to have it.

My money is on Assad imagining he can get away with it &/or, as suggested above, one of his generals doing the same (much more likely, in my opinion)
After ass, we really don't want to intervene in Syria, unless it is forced on us.
But ... nerve gases.

23 August 2013 at 08:53  
Blogger Nick said...

G Tingey

In what sense is gassing worse than say, indiscriminate shelling or machine gun fire? Is there a good and a bad way to be slaughtered? I suspect there is a certain hypocrisy by politicians about chemical weapons. I also suspect those politicians treat their use simply as trip-wire to justify populist policies such as armed intervention which plays well with their domestic audience.

To the victims the choice between gassing and bullets would seem like no choice at all. Both are vile. It seems to the media and the political classes that draw the distinction.

23 August 2013 at 09:15  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

There are a number of rogue factions engaged in this conflict over whom the FSA will have no control. The wider aim would be to draw Western powers into the fight and give them cause to create a more obvious 'target' and rallying point for would-be jihadis around the world. Such a ploy would be to afford them not only propaganda cover and greater opportunities to create martyrs while blaming the infidels, as they further their own ambitions in exporting the war possibly into Lebanon or beyond.

The gas? Hezbolla could easily get this from Iran or use the stuff they captured in the early days of the popular 'uprising' when Assad appeared to be on the back foot with numbers of his army deserting.

Until they prove what and whose weaponry delivered the gas, we simply won't know, and may never know who was responsible. My thoughts are that in the scale of thing this is a distraction tactic for some reason or other.

23 August 2013 at 09:43  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Gas. Is gas, designed to kill people, less moral than shelling or killing with a steel jacketed bullet? Good question.

I am no military expert, although I have handled weapons, and many of my relatives have served in wars, so here goes, I put up an approach.

Gas, once released is indiscriminating as essentially you lose control of the killing agent, compared to say, the assumed discriminate targeting of victims down the sights of your small arms. However that comparison assumes a Geneva Convention type of informed degree of soldierly discipline on the part of the rifleman, which certainly doesn't apply to many of these jihadists groups. Any many modern small arms are sprayed, not aimed with great accuracy.
So in the context of a well disciplined western army, yes, gas is less moral than small arms fire. But that comparison falls apart in this situation.

And shelling is also inaccurate,designed to destroy infrastructure, bringing it crashing down on whoever is inside or nearby and denying cover to troops.

So I do not believe that one can draw such clear moral lines in the sand. But can such lines provide useful moral pretexts for politicians to intervene ? We probably know the answer to that.

23 August 2013 at 11:13  
Blogger Irene's Daughter said...

I seem to remember an incident where a family was blown up on a Gaza beach. There was much blame laid at the door of the Israeli military and government by the world's press. There was very little reporting when the truth was finally discovered. The poor family had accidently strayed into a mine field laid by terrorists!

23 August 2013 at 11:45  
Blogger Ivan said...

Its a fight to death in Syria. Whether one likes Assad is moot at this point. The losing side can expect to face a full-on genocide. If Assad loses its not just him but all the Alawites, Shiites and Christians who will pay the price.

23 August 2013 at 12:05  
Blogger Sister Tiberia said...


"When I look at this photo I can easily understand why people have become hermits, live in caves, live on bread and water, meditate, pray, write poetry and remove themselves completely from earthly life.Who would want to live here? If this is committing a sin of despair, frankly, I don't give a toss!"

No, that isn't despair, only grief, and grief that turns to prayer. Be certain that God was watching all and making a place at His table for the slain innocents.

Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

23 August 2013 at 20:54  
Blogger LEN said...

Who is actually behind the use of nerve gas in Syria is a point difficult to decide.
It is possible that 'opposition forces' could use nerve gas on innocent civilians to get the West to crush Assad for them?.
We see how the Muslim Brotherhood took over in Egypt and the disaster that has become.This could equally happen in Syria.
All this turmoil is happening all around Israel and is even more threatening to Israel with Islamic extremist groups gaining power and destabilizing Countries.
We see the rise of militant Islam determined to take control and we ignore it at our peril.

There is a constant media war going on to indoctrinate people with anti Israel propaganda and to demonize the Jews and to make them scapegoats for all that goes wrong in the middle east. Have we learned nothing from History?.

23 August 2013 at 21:28  
Blogger Jay Bee said...

The Syrian chaos may spread to Lebanon before too long. Last Friday a car bomb targeted Shia's in Beriut. Today in what looks like a tit for tat response two car bombs caused nearly 400 Sunni casualties in Tripoli.

There is now a polarised confrontation between Sunni and Shia across the Middle East.

23 August 2013 at 22:24  
Blogger Peter D said...


No its not a sin of despair.

It shows you have love in your heart for the suffering of others. That is a great virtue. Even Jesus shed tears at the death of his friend and was moved to grief by the pain and misery in this world.

23 August 2013 at 23:22  
Blogger Naomi King said...

here is how it looks from the Israeli side of the border ... A newsletter from a Messianic Congregation in The Land, published 2 days ago.

"Its obvious that Israel lives in a rough neighborhood. For years after the peace agreement with Egypt and the cease fire with Syria, even if there was no real friendly relationship with Israel, at least the Egyptian military has always honored the peace treaty with Israel. The border with Syria has been quiet since the cease fire after Israel won the war in 1973, until the uprising began a few years ago.

The promise of the Arab spring has been replaced by killings in the streets of Cairo. The government of Mohammed Morsi was unable to deal with the severe economic conditions afflicting most Egyptians. It had used its democratically elected authority badly, adopting non-democratic methods.That brought those who opposed the Morsi government to the streets and squares in demonstrations. Most young educated secular Egyptians claimed this was not the democracy and revolution they were hoping and fighting for. Now the Egyptian army feels it needs to stop the Muslim brotherhood from controlling the nation through the Islam law.

In Syria the opposition is now filled with Islamist fundamentalists fighters, their victory could bring further instability and killings. On the other hand, according to reports from the field, the Syrian army uses missiles equipped with warheads loaded with Sarin gas, firing indiscriminately with the purpose of causing mass casualties.

Is violence the means to solve problems? It seems that the Arab nations don't know any other way but to kill each other to remain in power. The divisions within Syria are different from those that afflict Egypt. Still, the situation in Egypt is likely to get worse before it gets better. The Muslim Brotherhood may retreat but they will not give in or give up.

The IDF's (Israeli Defense Force) Southern Command is paying close attention to the Sinai Peninsula, which has become a hornet's nest of radical Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist groups that are taking advantage of the power vacuum to flourish in the desert dunes. Training camps and weapons hideaway grow in number and strength.

The growing number of armed groups in Sinai (some estimate them in the thousands) are made up of radicalized Bedouin, residents of Egypt proper, and a growing number of foreign volunteers.

The more chaotic things get in Egypt proper, the harder it will be for the Egyptian military, stretched capacity on the streets of Cairo, Alexandria, and other cities, to keep the jihadist in the Sinai peninsula under control. The Sinai jihadist have focused most of their gun, rocket, and bomb attacks on Egyptian security personnel, which in turn have stepped up counter-terrorism raids.

The Egyptian army has asked and received approval from Israel to insert additional military forces into Sinai, in excess of the quantity specified by the peace treaty between the two countries. Israel approved Egypt's requests to ensure the survival of the peace agreement. Israel knows that the goal of the jihadist in Sinai is not only to kill Egyptian soldiers and policemen. It is also to fire rockets into southern Israel, and send highly armed terrorist cells on deadly cross-border raids, as they have done repeatedly in the past two years.

By attacking Israel, the radical groups (the most notorious of which is called Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis) are fulfilling their pledge to carry out a jihad (holy war) against Israel, and seeking to provoke an international incident between Israel and Egypt that will undermine the peace treaty. Because the Egyptian army has to divide its forces now to fight in the Egypt's streets of its major cities, the armed terrorist factions in Sinai will have a greater opportunity to realize their goals."

24 August 2013 at 12:14  
Blogger Lucy Mullen said...

A few years ago I was a relative innocent in regard of false flag attacks. I was upset by the death of Dr. David Kelly, who seemed a softly spoken and decent man, and it seemed absurd that he would kill himself just before his daughter's wedding. Parents very very very rarely do that. Of course he didn't as his report of "many dark actors playing games.." told us, his right hand being out of action,ulnar artery severing not being a viable means of suicide, and the fact that his wife was got out of her house and left waiting a long time while they searched his house from top to bottom after his death..and..and...

Since then I have come across loads of odd stuff and now firmly believe that there are quite a number of false flag attacks designed to make oneself an appealing victim and excuse all sorts of pre-planned horrors.
Once Assad was depicted in the Western media as an Oxford-educated Westernised intelligent moderate. Now they are portraying him as an evil man. But has his face changed? I don't see it, so I don't trust the new portrayal at all.

Thank God we have commentators like Nazir-Ali who are more accurate and honest.

Something is going on with Sunni-Shia, oil gateways, Strait of Hormuz so Byron King, the oil guy says. Not sure how it all coheres as yet. Ron Paul often has some clues and is likewise outspoken!

24 August 2013 at 14:52  
Blogger MickeyCool30 said...

Who knows the real culprits or what the facts are. I wouldnt put it past the muslim brotherhood from this after all the gripe is between assad and the muslim brotherhood who want islam to dominate syria is that what we all want? We simply dont know whats happening all we get is fuzzy pictures and hearsay. And what of christians and other minorities? At the moment they have freedom of worship and after assad what will happen. Syria is a complex and religiously ethnically diverse this is the problem going in and not understanding the country or facts is worse

27 August 2013 at 19:20  

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