Author: Aimen Taki
The Syrian people have been protesting since the beginning of 2011. They’ve been protesting against a tyrannical Ba’ath regime that has been butchering its people since the 1970’s.
A regime that has shown no mercy. And a regime who’s ideology is one which has been seen as a threat to freedom, a threat to its people and a threat to the world for many years.
Leading the opposition on the other hand are primarily Al-Qaeda affiliates who are as extremist, brutal and violent as Taliban and Bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda.
Ten years ago, the Iraqi Ba’ath party was toppled by the coalition forces in a war that has taken the lives of over 100,000 men, women and children. A war that has orphaned a million children. A war that has left the country in a state of unparalleled sectarian violence. Yet, the same coalition forces are debating today whether to arm the Syrian opposition.
What is Alternative?
Removal of The Ba’ath party may sound like a good idea; however, the alternative is many orders of magnitude worse.
The alternative is a Saudi-Qatari backed, Wahabi/Salafi, pro Al-Qaeda and Taliban-like group that in itself doesn’t believe in democracy the slightest. This group would do nothing but support the terrorists by providing money, shelter, training camps and so-called jihadists.
It may be a short-term solution; however it is a long term catastrophe.
The situation in the Middle East is already extremely tense. With the conflict between Iran, Israel and Saudi reaching critical condition adding another variable to the equation might be just what turns a local civil war into a full blown regional war with unfathomable devastating consequences on Oil supply and World economy.
I am in no way, shape or form defending the shameful, heinous and cowardly acts of Bashar Al-Assad and his Ba’ath party. What they are doing to their own people is absolutely unacceptable. What the opposition are doing in terms of mass killings of civilians including women and Children against Shia in Hatla for example, those beheadings and mutilation and destruction of 1000s of years of heritage is nothing short of a Crime against Humanity either.
That is why this is such a complex issue. There is no right side to join and both sides are wrong and must be acted against. There is certainly no easy solution.
Double Standards ..
This a shameful example of double standards by the west. A west which only last week came out in numbers and criticised and condemned the Woolwhich terror attack. A west, which only a couple of days later were seriously debating arming rebel groups THAT HAVE OPENLY PLEDGED ALLEGIANCE TO AL-QAEDA!!!
Those double standards have, unfortunately, become a huge part of today’s politics.
Then you’ve got the Saudis and Qatari’s who’s only objective, it seems, is to spread their extremist agenda to anywhere and everywhere. An Agenda that has smeared and destroyed the picture of Arabs and Muslims around the world. An Agenda that supports acts of terror such as 9/11 and 7/7. An Agenda that continues to provide shelter and breeding grounds for terrorists. An Agenda that could spell the end for any chance of having a peaceful Middle East.
This situation does not have an easy and logical solution. It might not even have a solution. However, what ever decisions are made in the coming months regarding Syria and the Middle East will shape both the short and long terms of not only Syria, not only the Middle East but the whole World.