Syrian involvement—is it a good idea?

The first thing I want to do is list our foreign policy successes in the Middle East over the last 20 years.

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A Look into the Future

People all across the Middle East and the world are wondering when will the violence in Syria end. The destruction of the Spire in Aleppo, one of the oldest religious sites in the world, is yet another example of what civil war can do to a country, its people and its society.

Thousands upon thousands of innocent citizens of the ancient civilization have been forced to flee their homes and families as the assaults by both sides in the ongoing civil war have left the once thriving society in ruins.… [Read more]

Daniel Pipes’ Idiotic Idea: U.S. Should Become Assad’s New Best Friend

Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum, and the tyrannical theocracy of Iran may not agree on a lot of things. Pipes may even style himself an opponent to the very existence of the velayat-e faqih regime. But there is one important thing the two parties do agree on – that the brutal Assad regime of Syria is currently worth supporting.… [Read more]

Strange bedfellows for “firearms freedom”

In the United Nations despised by many conservatives, a strange thing happened on the way to the General Assembly by Manhattan’s East River last week. The international treaty on reducing the unfettered flow of arms the National Rifle Association and its paid shills on the GOP side of the aisle in Congress are fighting tooth and nail found the gun lobby odd new allies in the international body.… [Read more]

No More Trouble

The inimitable Bob Marley said it best: “We don’t need trouble, what we need is love.” This week’s “Say It In Song” pick feels appropriate in light of recent news about chemical weapons in Syria and threats from North Korea directed towards military bases. At least there was some talk of peace this week, even it was purely symbolic.… [Read more]

The U.S. Gift to Syrian Opposition Forces. What’s the Agenda?

Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the Obama administration will be giving $60 million in non-lethal aid to the Syrian Opposition. The aid will be in the form of medical supplies and food for the forces struggling to oust the Bashar al-Assad regime. This remark was made in the shadow of the looming financial “tumble,” as phrased by President Barack Obama, threatens the nation.… [Read more]

The Iraq War Revisited: Could It Ever Be Justified?

The Bush administration lied about key evidence pertaining to Iraq’s WMD program and the Hussein government’s links to Al Qaeda. It exaggerated the dangers and strength of both. And it played on people’s fears as a means of justifying war and regime change.

As the vast amount of evidence points, all of these faults are more than clear, as Rachel Maddow revisited in her recent special “Hubris: Selling the Iraq War.”… [Read more]

Iraq and Syria: You Can’t Address One Without the Other

As much as I cringe whenever I hear someone spout that “all politics is local,” this clichéd idiom often rings true. Microanalyses of regional and societal happenings are indispensable. Yet this advice sometimes wrongly plays the role of replacement to macroanalyses rather than complement. While in-depth reports on specific countries or regions are important, ignoring regional context can often be disastrous, especially in areas, like the Middle East, where ethnic, religious, ideological, and economic identities readily cross state borders.… [Read more]

A Syrian Chemical Attack: Is America Obligated to Act?

The recent news that the U.S. and NATO warned the Syrian regime about the repercussions of using chemical weapons against rebel forces, prompted me to wonder—is the United States obligated to further involve itself in the Syrian civil war if the regime uses chemical weapons against its own people? And, if the answer to that is a “yes,” then to what extent?… [Read more]

An Appreciation of the Obama Administration’s Policy on Syria

Though it is difficult to precisely state Mitt Romney’s policy on Syria, it appears from the recent Biden-Ryan debate that his current desire is to be more hawkish and directly arm the Syrian rebels. I must say here that Romney and Paul Ryan appear to be trying their best to hurt this country with such plans.… [Read more]