Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has some advice on Syria.
Speaking at the annual meeting of the Faith and Freedom Coalition on June 15, 2013, Palin said the United States should not intervene in Syria while Barack Obama holds the Presidency:
“Until we have a commander in chief who knows what he is doing… let Allah sort it out!”
Actually, she got it half-right: “Let Allah sort it out”–regardless of who is President.
Anyone who doubts the wisdom of this should look at a photo now making the rounds on the Internet.
Taken in Syria, it shows a seven-year-old boy, wearing a baseball cap and, with both hands, holding aloft a severed head. “That’s my boy,” reads a caption underneath.
It may been written by Khaled Sharrouf, a wanted terrorist who fled Australia to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
It is ISIS that now threatens to overwhelm Iraq and re-establish an Islamic Caliphate.
That photo is the real face of Syria. It’s worth remembering as Democratic and Republican politicians seek to prove their toughness to voters.
One of the Democrats is former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who blames President Obama for not sending military forces to Syria.
“I know that the failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad—there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle—the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled,” Clinton recently said.
There’s an old saying: When your enemy is digging himself into a hole, let him keep digging. And that is exactly the case with those groups now waging all-out war against each other in Syria.
Yes, it’s Hezbollah (Party of God) vs. Al-Qaeda (The Base).
Hezbollah is comprised of Shiite Muslims, who form a minority of Islamics. A sworn enemy of Israel, it has kidnapped scores of Americans suicidal enough to visit Lebanon and truck-bombed the Marine Barracks in Beirut in 1983, killing 241 Marines.
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Al-Qaeda, on the other hand, is made up of Sunni Muslims, who form the majority of Islamics. Intolerent of non-Sunni Muslims, it has instigated violence against them. It denounces them as “takfirs”–heretics–and thus worthy of extermination.
Al Qaeda has attacked the mosques and gatherings of liberal Muslims, Shias, Sufis and other non-Sunnis. Examples of sectarian attacks include the Sadr City bombings, the 2004 Ashoura massacre and the April, 2007 Baghdad bombings.
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In a June 1, 2013 column entitled, “Stop the Madness,” Dr. James J. Zogby, the founder and president of the Arab American Institute, warned:
“What began as a popular revolt against a brutal and ossified dictatorship, Syria has now degenerated into a bloody battlefield pitting sects and their regional allies against each other in a ‘dance unto death.’
“On the one side, is the Ba’ath regime, supported by Russia, Iran, Hizbullah, and elements in the Iraqi government.
“Arrayed against them are a host of Syrians (some of whom have defected from the armed forces and others who have formed militias receiving arms and support from a number of Arab states and Turkey) and a cast of thousands of foreign Sunni fighters (some of whom have affiliated with al Qaeda) who have entered Syria to wage war on behalf of their brethren.” [Emphasis added.]
But Hillary Clinton isn’t the only one urging Obama to waste American lives in a cause that only Islamic terror groups and right-wing Americans find compelling.
Republican U.S. Senator from Arizona John McCain has repeatedly urged the Obama administration to wage war on Syria.
He has demanded that the United States create a “no-fly” zone over Syria to deny Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad the use of his air force against his rebellious subjects.
McCain, unlike Clinton, served in Vietnam as a U.S. Navy pilot. In October 1967, while on a bombing mission over Hanoi, he was shot down, seriously injured, and captured by the North Vietnamese. He remained a prisoner of war until his release in 1973.
Now McCain wants today’s young servicemen to have the same opportunities he did–to be blown out of the sky and taken prisoner for another worthless cause.
President Obama is reportedly weighing his options for intervention in Syria. But it’s not too late for him to draw back from the brink.
He can establish an all-volunteer brigade for those Americans willing to fight and possibly die in yet another pointless war. And he can especially offer the same opportunity to tough-talking politicians eager to put others’ lives in harm’s way.
Finally, Obama can offer to fly them to the border of Syria so they can carry out their self-appointed “conquer or die” mission.
If these armchair strategists refuse to put their own lives on the line in defense of a “cause” they claim to believe in, Obama should have the courage to brutally–and repeatedly–point this out.