Occasional News and comments on the situation in Post-Saddam Iraq by an Iraqi-American living in Texas
Is Bashar al-Assad dead?Ahh, that explains it. The civil war is already on, and the Assad regime is now only one of several players.As much as people were scrambling around to avoid this kind of scenario, I think it was inevitable, given the situation in the region and the lack of any major outside power intervening. As Zeyad mentioned earlier, it is but one faction fighting another for power. Tribal warfare. *sigh* He hasn't republished those essays of his, I will have to search the blog I guess when I get the chance. They must be around somewhere.
I'm sorry I missed that interview. I wonder if they will reprise it? Maybe I'll check their website.That article reminded me of "In the Garden of Beasts", which is about the early days of Hitler's government seen through the eyes of the US Ambassador and his family. Not exactly the same scenario, but the same lack of understanding of the depth of what is happening and the lack of will to do anything about it. I think Syria is different than Libya in the sense that it is a more central player to events in the Middle East. Like Iraq before it the violence risks engulfing more than a single country. Already there have been incidents in Lebanon. Russia and China are short sighted in their votes. Hate seems to run deep in the Middle East and it's hard to assuage once aroused.We will see how many Syrian refugees Russia is willing to take in, since they seem to have such a close relationship to the country.
You had me for a second, Zeyad.
[Lynnette, from previous]: "PeteS, I am surprised at this link you left. Usually you are a little more balanced."Lynnette, maybe I'm getting cynical. Maybe I'm turning into Bruno. But something stinks about Syria. Lots of things, in fact.We have multiple reports of staged massacres, where mass slayings of opposition civilians turn out to be something else. The other day I saw rebel videos of regime tanks being taken out with tank-busting missiles. Where does a populist insurrection get those sorts of weapons? And while the MSM are reporting attacks on rebels as "atrocities", the Damascus suicide bombing the other day was reported by the BBC as "a defining moment" and a possible "turning point". No mention of suicide bombing being a de facto atrocity, and against international law. Ok, I'm not one for conspiracy theories, and I'm certainly no Assad fan, but these rebels are getting a free ride in the press. Who's funding them and arming them? Is anyone calling them to account for their part in the action so far?
Oil is back up by ten dollars in the last few days. Positive stock market moves too. Must be the US making positive noises about more QE. Or else traders piling in for a bit of action before the summer break. Lots of people expecting carnage in the autumn. (Or maybe it would be more apt to call it "the Fall").Did the stock market used to be about company value and performance? And not about whether governments are prepared to try sending debt to infinity.
Pete,I think Lee's comment at 3:57 AM covered your points pretty well. I can't think of anything to add to that, except maybe a comment regarding this:Ok, I'm not one for conspiracy theories, and I'm certainly no Assad fan, but these rebels are getting a free ride in the press. You're probably right, for now. But that doesn't mean they won't be scrutanized more closely later. By the MSM and by any other supporters they may have. Btw, did you happen to read any of my links on the legal actions being taken against Barclay's, other banks, and their employees in the LIBOR fixing cases? I have a feeling that we will be seeing more of that in future as the investigations continue to play out.
I assumed by "free ride" he meant the press hasn't looked too closely at the tactics of the Syrian opposition. That may be so, but I don't feel that it is any different from any other conflict the press has tried to cover.
[petes] "Ok, I'm not one for conspiracy theories, and I'm certainly no Assad fan, but these rebels are getting a free ride in the press. Who's funding them and arming them? Is anyone calling them to account for their part in the action so far?"Uh-oh. Welcome to the dark side.
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