Part 2: Someone recently asked me again, "Why is the world against Assad (President of Syria)?" The question really should be, "Why is the United States at war against Assad?" Well, it's not a sound bite answer - in fact it is an intricate and complex perfect storm of geo-political intrigue. The bottom line is, Assad wasn't targeted to create stability in Syria - but to destroy the stability that was growing there (this is just the tip of the iceberg):
1) The Syrian war IS NOT a civil war or organic, popular uprising against a 'brutal dictator' that started in March 2011 when Assad 'brutally' put down 'peaceful protests'.
2) The Syrian war IS a US organized coup against the legitimate, popular, and quite positive leader of a sovereign nation - done to great extent for and with the help of malignant - and sometimes just plain jealous - regional 'allies'.
3) After 9/11, Bush - prompted by the neo-cons like Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Don Rumsfeld, etc decided to attack not the root of al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia, but un-involved Iraq. The War on Terror began.
4) Colin Powell went to Syria to make demands of Assad which he refused, among those was to aid us in our overthrow of Saddam. Assad said it would end in a quagmire with the region worse off. He also refused to end ties with Iran (who also had no part in 9/11) and other items. After those refusals, Assad was added to the ridiculous "axis of evil" since Bush was in full "you are either with us or against us" mode.
5) The 7 countries in 5 years plan was created by the neo-cons (Cheney, Abrams, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld etc) to take out Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and finally, Iran. Former NATO Commander, General Wesley Clark revealed this plan in 2007.
6) In 2006, a government document revealed how the US was working to foment sectarian hatred and unrest in stable and secular Syria in order to bring about an Islamist revolution there.
7) In 2007, George Bush and Elliot Abrams met with the Muslim Brotherhood to discuss and plan the ousting of Assad and replacing his government with a 'free and democratic' one which the Bros would have significant influence in. The Bros definition of 'freedom and democracy' is strict sharia law btw. The Bros are NOT allowed to have any part in Syrian politics and for good reason.
8) Meanwhile, President Assad was named most popular Arab leader in 2008 and 2009 by a regional poll. Charlie Rose said then that Damascus was the place to be in the ME for business. Sophie Shevradnaze said when people heard the name, "Assad" they'd straighten their ties in respect. Diane Sawyer visited in 2007 and raved about Syria. The BBC's John Simpson hailed Assad as impressive.
9) Saudi Arabia, the US's most powerful Arab ally was getting freaked out about Assad's popularity and the secular, tolerant nature of Syrian society. The radical Wahhabis started sectarian-driven propaganda to turn the Sunni majority against Assad using their Al Arabiya media and radical clerics etc.
10) Qatar started using al Jazeera Arabic to do the same thing for the Muslim Bros. Assad had opened Syria up to the internet and his enemies used it against him.
11) Qatar was angry at Assad mostly because of a gas pipeline deal. Qatar and Iran share the massive natural gas field in the Persian Gulf. Both countries had submitted pipeline deals thru Syria (this field holds enough natural gas to meet Europe's needs for 100 years). Assad took Iran's deal and then Qatar started helping with the overthrow.
12) Israel wanted Assad out for several reasons. He is a unifying force. Secular, popular and gaining to much influence in the region. This influence was starting to be felt in negotiations for return of the Golan Heights and pressure to negotiate for the Palestinians. Also he has good relations with Iran. Together, Syria and Hezbollah had defeated Israel's long held goal of taking control of Lebanon.
13) Iran, Iran, Iran. Israel and the Saudis HATE Iran with a passion. For as many times as Iran has said 'death to Israel' believe me, the Israelis have said it about Iran with every bit as much vehemence. From what I can see, Iran is the only country strong enough to stop Israel's plans to take control over Lebanon, if not the whole Levant from Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. The Saud's problem seems to be their crazed radical Sunnis want the Shiites all converted or dead but I'm sure there is more to that as well. Keep in mind, the Syrian army and government are mostly Sunni - they are stopping the radicals from taking over secular Syria.
14) Turkey is ruled by a Muslim Brotherhood godfather/thug, Erdogan. Erdogan is set on being a new sultan over a great empire of influence and power.
15) Virtually all of the 'rebels' supported by the US are either Islamist fundamentalists representing the Muslim Bros/al Qaeda/ISIS etc or mercenary gangs/criminals. There are some Syrian militias that don't behead all non-Sunnis etc but they have no real power or backing.
16) While Syria under Bashar is far from perfect - quite far - the premise that the US is somehow helping Syrians gain freedom and democracy could not be farther from reality. In fact, under Bashar, with his steadfast commitment to free, quality, secular education; women's rights; protection for all religious groups; tolerance; blocking of extremism, health care, new constitution, elections, etc - more was being done in Syria to grow a lasting and maintainable democracy than in any other Arab country.
17) The United States has been working with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey - three countries dedicated to promoting fundamentalism and extremism and terrorism - in order to supposedly promote 'freedom and democracy' in Syria?
18) The Christians in Syria support the government and many groups of Christian leaders have begged the US - even traveled here to meet with Congress to ask us to stop supporting this Islamist revolution in Syria. The Christians fight in the Syrian Army and National Defense Force - NOT the 'moderate rebel groups'.
Starting to get a clue how complicated - and WRONG - this all is?
Janice Kortkamp, a US Peace Activist.
Leesburg, VA, United States
Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim