I have written about my knowledge toward Syria and its people here and to some degree, I actually feel sorry for the Syrian people. As a whole, I believe they have been mislabeled and judged due to some western ignorance. But this isn’t about the Syrian people; this is about the “Holy Grail of Quagmires.”
Syria is a melting pot in the Levant. This is important to realize considering how many clans, tribes, and ethnicities live in Syria as well as the magnitude of foreigners who actually conduct business there. But more interesting is today’s melting pot of an uprising causing Syria to become one serious hell on earth.
Contrary to media and political pundit’s beliefs, there is not just one war being fought in Syria. Typically, we hear about Al Assad versus the anti-Assad players. Uncovering who the anti-Assad and the pro-Assad forces consist of is becoming more and more difficult as Syria’s two year civil war continues. But if you look closely, you will find several wars in Syria have unfolded lately.
When the Free Syrian Army first formed, an alliance was made which brought many together willing to fight against Assad. Radical Islamists, moderates, and even some Christian groups vowed to see Assad overthrown. As time passed, that alliance has actually shattered.
I have been in contact with persons intimately familiar with some members of the FSA command and control apparatus and this is one perception they relayed to me. Again, this is their perception and not necessarily my own.
““A plethora of in-fighting has resulted mostly due to the West not adequately supporting the anti-Assad force.”
Today, many Christians who once fought within the FSA are actually on the side of Al-Assad considering Islamists previously fighting on behalf of the FSA are now sided with Al Qaeda’s Al Nusra faction. With that, some members of Assad’s regime have gone rogue taking their command to levels of activities not authorized under Assad and his military leaders—i.e. which possibly includes the recent chemical attack.
What’s crazy about this is Assad and Al Nusra are mutually fighting against the Syrian Kurds (sorry, I forgot to mention the Kurds were an important part of this equation).
Forget the external players who support Assad or those supporting the anti-Assad entities. Based off what is known today pertaining to the fragmented entities actually doing the fighting, how can any nation make a valid decision on who to physically support in country? It’s virtually an impossible thing to do.
Syria is the ultimate Holy Grail of all quagmires. Hundreds of thousands of people are dying in Syria and while this may sound cold for many, I say let them die.
You see, I am a realist. I cannot enter every home in the United States and identify every single dirtball who engages in activities related to domestic abuse. I wish I could, but I can’t. What makes us, the United States, believe we can simply walk into any country with a domestic issue and simply act like we are the Boondock Saints of the world?
How do we even identify who the good guys are and who the bad guys are? Sadly, good and bad does not always come with some scientific formula. Oftentimes differentiating good and bad comes with perception.
We have been socially conditioned to believe Assad is a bad guy– but why? Because he is friends with Iran, Russia, China, etc.?
Assad is one guy who rules a nation in the Middle East (the Levant) who actually allows Christians and Jews to live in relative peace with the majority Muslim people in the country. It’s the only nation outside Israel, Lebanon, and Turkey that grants such quasi freedoms in the entire region. You can’t say that about Saudi Arabia though. And the Sauds are supposedly some great allies to the United States.
Should we intervene in Syria? Maybe that isn’t the question we need to ask ourselves. Maybe we should ask, “If we were to intervene in Syria, which of all the sides would it make the most sense to support?” Personally, I believe the Russians got this one right. Assad and his cronies, while dipshits on many fronts, seems like the lesser of all evils in country.
Considering American politicians will likely never collectively agree on who we should actually support, it’s best we support no one. As General Patton once said, “Let the other son of a bitch die for his country.”
Kerry Patton is author of Contracted II: America’s Terror Trackers