The following is by by Daniel Pipes, May 11, 2013
that also includes “Arabs condemn attacks on Syria” on Sun News Network of Canada’s The Arena with Michael Coren, May 6. (To watch, click here.) www.danielpipes.org/12833/arabs-c… which in turn has a reader’s comment:
Submitted by Phil Greend (Canada), May 11, 2013 at 16:34
Now and only now the Muslims speak out on the subject of Syrian Muslims being killed.
There has been over 70,000 Muslims murdered, by other Muslims in Syria. Many of these people non-soldiers.
Where is the outrage from the Muslims over this evil?
So far as Bashar el Assad – he wanted to be an ophthalmologist, but his father conscripted him into the family business of running Syria after the death by accident of his brother. Clearly secular, Bashar could have made Syria into a modern western State, but was not allowed by his father’s military to do any good and gave in to them.
He is better then the Islamic alternative, but he also went to bed with Iran and he Hezbollah – so here you have it – there is nobody likable in Syria – and the people pay for this with their lives.
A Washington Post article today, “Assad forces gaining ground in Syria” by Liz Sly, argues that recent events suggest that the Assad regime is not just surviving but has gone on the offensive. Drawing on local analysts, she finds that in the civil war, “there is little doubt that the pendulum is now swinging in favor of Assad … bolstered by a new strategy, the support of Iran and Russia and the assistance of fighters with Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement.”
If this in fact be the case, then, Western governments should respond by helping the rebels to prevent Assad from crushing them.
This advice is consistent with my argument (in an article titled “Support Assad” published just a month ago, when Assad appeared to be going down) that the West should prevent either side in the civil war from emerging victorious by “helping whichever side is losing, so as to prolong their conflict.”
This policy recommendation of “helping whichever side is losing” sounds odd, I admit, but it is strategic. (May 11, 2013)