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Saturday, April 08, 2017


Considerations Regarding The Decision By American President Donald Trump To Bomb An Airbase In Syria Last Night.

1. The Syrian civil war began six years ago in 2011. What seemed initially a somewhat legitimate uprising against the fifty year old Assad family dictatorship, was immediately hijacked by the Muslim  Brotherhood and its Al Qaeda franchise. and a little later by the Muslim Brotherhood's newer front operation a group styled Isis.

2. The Muslim Brotherhood/Al Qaeda/Isis side in the Syrian civil war is sponsored by Turkey's Islamist Muslim Brotherhood President Recip Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey is playing a grand power game in Syria. Isis was orginally equipped, trained and given territorial access to Turkey to enable it to evade Assad's forces on the battlefield in Syria.

3. The population of Syria when the civil war started was estimated at 22 million. An estimated half a million of them have been killed. Several million more have decamped to Europe.

4. Russia's resovietising and piratical President Vladimir Putin is supporting the Assad government in Syria. The Islamic Republic of Iran is also supporting the Assad government. Iran like Turkey is playing a grand power game but on the opposing side. The Russians have some legitimate interest in supporting their long term ally Assad. Russian President Putin is in my assessment a thoroughgoing villain. But like his communist predecessor Stalin, Putin is not always wrong. After years of continuous blood letting in Syria, I have come to the conclusion that in this instance the villainous Putin is less wrong than anybody else. We should let the Russian's finish the job now. It is too late to become concerned about the latest atrocities. We've had six years of those.

5. There are no heroes in the Syrian civil war.

6. Any Western intervention to end the Assad government in Syria will mean explicitly that we are intervening to support Al Qaeda.

7. It has been a long term strategic aim of Al Qaeda to suck America into the war using the pretext that the Assad government had launched chemical weapons attacks on civilians. It is my analysis that the Muslim Brotherhood. Al Qaeda and Isis have themselves used chemical weapons on several occasions in Syria and elsewhere.

8. In 2013, then American President Barack Obama came close to launching direct American intervention in Syria following a purported chemical weapons attack by Assad's forces. President Obama was prevented from doing so by a broad public outcry in America and Europe.

9. President Obama then increased exponentially his financing and equipping of the Muslim Brotherhood/Al Qaeda/Isis controlled rebel groups. I am suggesting that President Obama's policies of succouring the Islamist rebellion before and after 2013 meant that the Al Qaeda rebels could not be defeated militarily on the battlefield although they also still couldn't win. This is precisely why we've had a slow bleed in Syria.

10, It is contended that up to a hundred people died earlier this week in a chemical weapons attack on the Islamist held town of Khan Sheikhoun in Syria. These deaths are being touted by current American President Donald Trump as his justification for bombing Syria yesterday.

11. It has not been proven that the Assad government used chemical weapons on Khan Sheikhoun. The possibility remains that an Assad government air attack hit reserves of chemical weapons held by the Islamist occupiers of the town. There is also a not completely remote possibility that the Islamists staged a chemical weapons attack on their own town themselves.

12. In any case the deaths of a hundred people in Khan Sheikhoun do not outweigh the 500,000 killed during the last six years of Islamic Brotherhood/Al Qaeda/Isis terror in Syria. It is debatable whether any deaths on earth can equate to the tortures used by the Muslim Brotherhood/Al Qaeda/Isis and their allies. The Isis death ride from Syria into Iraq across the plains of Nineveh in 2014 brought mutilation, torture and slaughter to tens of thousands of men, women and children. It is unconscionable that we might now forget this and help Isis in its attempt to steal a victory in Syria. That's just what President Donald Trump has done.

13.  I would ask you to consider the minor possibility that President Donald Trump's reason for acting to bomb Syria yesterday, may be an attempt to distract attention from scandals slowly engulfing his Administration regarding purported Russian and Cosa Nostra manipulations of the American electoral process last November, and purported contacts between Mr Trump's staffers in the run up to the election and senior staffers in Mr Putin's Russian government. In this context Mr Trump's actions would be likenable to President Bill Clinton's wildcard bombings of Yugoslavia and Iraq in the late 1990's which I have suggested elsewhere were blatant attempts to distract attention from public concerns about his sexual liaison with Monica Lewinski. If Bill Clinton had not bombed Iraq and Yugoslavia, the Monica Lewinski scandal would have ended his Presidency. I do not enjoy speaking like this. I consider that Western freedoms have been vouchsafed to us for a hundred years by the sacrifices of American soldiers and by the courage and principles of the American people. The Clinton war gambits in the late 1990's, and Mr Trump's present actions, are the only occasions I have felt compelled to oppose American foreign policy. It is necessary to view any criticisms I make of the Trump Administration through the prism of my conviction that without the Americans we would all be Nazis. Or Commies.  Or Muslims. I do not want a new dark ages for humanity which is what the loss of the American alliance will mean for us. But I don't want the apocalypse either.

14. There is an additional related minor, but not insignificant, consideration necessary to mention here, to wit the speculative postulation that President Trump has bombed Syria with the private acceptance of President Putin in order to create the illusion of public distance between them. Bear in mind that there is a strong perception in America that Putin manipulated the American elections last November with the express purpose of installing Donald Trump as President of the USA. Mr Trump needs that perception to go away. In such a scenario, Putin is Monica. But I mention this speculation as a minor possibility. I do not think it explains the American attack on Syria and I do not wish to slander President Trump.

15. Regardless of why he went in, Mr Trump's intervention in Syria means America is now fighting on the side of Al Qaeda in the Syrian civil war.

16. I would counsel against fighting on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, Isis and the Turks in Syria or anywhere else. Let them fight their own battles in the charnel house they have made of Syria. More precisely I would advise against using the American airforce to bomb into power what is essentially a worldwide Jihad terror army.

17. There are no moderate rebel factions in Syria. The factions which President Obama had claimed in 2013 to be "pro Western" used the arms and materiel he sent them to run pass defence for Isis, forming a cordon sanitaire around the zones controlled by Isis so that the Assad regime could not reach them.

18. Mr Trump's actions in bombing a Syrian airbase, at the very least risk conflict with Putin's Russia.

19. Mr Trump's actions also risk a conflict with the Islamic Republic of Iran, an Assad ally, which like Assad's enemies in the Muslim Brotherhood/Al Qaeda/Isis grouping, has the capacity to project Islamist terror worldwide.

20. Mr Trump's bombing of a Syrian airbase yesterday was an act of dangerously rash adventurism.


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