After 4,000 dead in New York and Washington D.C plus many other successful terrorist attacks across the globe which killed Americans and even more attempts at killing Americans, everyone will happy to know there’s no hard feelings. The hatchet is being buried and the past is being forgotten. If the U.S. does intervene in Syria internal, sectarian war because of whatever silly “red line” the Obama Administration puts on the conflict that has to be crossed first, it will be doing on the side which has so much of our citizen’s blood on their hands they might as well be vampires, Al Qaeda.
But hey, never let it be said the U.S. holds grudges. After all Saddam Hussein was once a friend and so was Joe Stalin. Manuel Noriega, Fidel Casto, you name the leader or cause or country and no doubt the U.S has been either their friend or their enemy at one time or another. “Friends and enemies may change but interests don’t” is an old diplomatic saying and if applied to Syria, what a friend we’re going to have in Al Qaeda as ally ourselves to bring down the Assad regime. Just think, you paid to clean-up the World Trade Center and not even 15 years later you’ll be paying the organization who made it a mess. Lovely.
Of course the powers that be will never says such things publicly given how politically sensitive it might be. And some naive and the stupid among them may really, truly believe they’re aiding democracy in Syria and making sure any U.S. weaponry go to the “right people”. Yes, well the largest and best armed of the rebel factions in Syria is allied to Al Qaeda and would like nothing better than to use the “Great Satan’s” guns to take over Syria and make it terrorist state just like Osama bin Laden did with Afghanistan, right in the most strategic place in the Middle East.
Actually, come to think of it, the U.S. does hold a grudge when it comes to foreign policy and it’s against Iran. The Hostage Crisis was 35 years ago but apparently to some in D.C. the calendar year hasn’t changed from November 1979. If we can be friends with Al Qaeda and I really don’t see why we can’t with Iran. No matter who runs the county, whether Shah or Mullah, both Iran and the U.S. share similar strategic interests. That we remain enemies after all these years really runs counter to those interests. Unfortunately two bad actors in the region prevent this from happening.
The first of course is Israel. Even they too were once cooperative with the Iranians and share similar interests as a non-Arab state in the Middle East, they are so determined to hold on to their nuclear monopoly in the region they will do anything to prevent the Iranians from doing so, even though owning the bomb had been an Iranian dream since the days of the Shah.
They are also determined to stop Hezbollah even though the Shia based group in Lebanon once welcomed the Israelis as liberators in their 1982 invasion against the PLO which had taken over the southern part of the country. The Israelis needlessly made an enemy which now driving them to actually want an Al Qaeda state on its borders rather than Alawite Assad regime which has kept the peace since 1973. Sheer bloody madness.
Then there’s the real enemy of the U.S. and that is Saudi Arabia. Of course the Saudis want U.S. protections for the House the Saud to enjoy their oil wealth and keep their Shia population in eastern Arabia under their thumb and Bahrain as well (which has a Shia majority but is rule by a Sunni monarchy backed by Saudi tanks and the U.S. Fifth Fleet). To get rid of Assad means one less Shia to worry about. Yet this the same Saudi Arabia which finances the spread of their fanatical Sunni Muslim doctrines all over the world which led to bloody terrorism from Africa, to Russia, to the Balkans, Iraq, Syria, Indonesia, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and right here in the U.S only few short weeks ago in Boston. Does anyone forget the 9-11 were Saudi nationals?
It is Saudi Arabia which needs to be dealt with if there is ever going to be an end to the so-called “War on Terrorism”. It is they who need to be stopped or else be threaten with Shia rebellion and Iranian intervention and oil embargoes. Both the U.S. and the world are past the point in the supply of oil to where the Saudis can influence the price. Instead it is they and their allies in the Persian Gulf which be brought to account for the terror and misery they’ve caused with their fanaticism. If we can somehow join with our once sworn enemies then we can also ditch our so-called friends and good start would be right on the Arabian Peninsula instead intervening in modern-day version of the Thirty Years War.
It’s long past time U.S. interests in the regional were finally aligned properly with the Shia instead of the Sunni. It’s long past time to ally ourselves with our real friends and deal with our real enemies.