Jonathon and I were talking this morning about John Kerry's announcement that if diplomacy continues to fail in Syria the U.S. should fund the rebels. I thought Jonathon for the first time was going to see eye to eye with John Kerry after Kerry said
"It may require us to change President al-Assad's current calculation. He needs to know he cannot shoot his way out of this, so we need to convince him of that and I think the opposition needs more help in order to be able to do that". The Washington Post and CNN ran stories yesterday from unnamed sources in the White House that said the administration was moving toward providing humanitarian aid directly to the Syrian Opposition Coalition. But alas no. Mr Rush doesn't see it that way. I believe my friend Jonathon is allowing his hatred for "Ketchup Boy" to cloud his vision.
I'm not saying it's easy to move past a mug like that, but let's just focus on what's happening. Syria has a President in Bashar al-Assad who is very much like Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. And from the looks of this photo the 2 may be now dating.
photo: Getty Images
We need to get them a celeb couple name. How about Ahma al Assad? If People did a profile on the happy couple it would talk abut their love of Western fashion and their dreams for killing everyone other than fashion designers in the west. al-Assad warned in a 2006 speech "Israel your warplanes, rockets, and your atomic bomb will not protect you in the future. You are an enemy with whom no peace can be achieved! Especially if you continue your godless association with the USA".
Not all of his citizens see things his way and when the Arab Spring cranked up, so did some Syrian's. al-Assad has so far killed 50,000 Syrian's!
The UN estimates it at 70,000. Either way it's horrific. However hundreds of thousands of Syrian's continue to fight! The question for me is what happens if al-Assad remains in power? Yes there will be more killing of Syrian's who dared to stand up to him. But more alarming is what he could then do to the world. He would be completely drunk with power after surviving a massive uprising from his own people. Imagine this guy when he thinks he's invincible! Not only that but Middle Eastern dictators will turn to him for advice on how to keep your people under control. Now you have in Syria a country with the population of Australia ready to declare jihad on the west.
Egypt, which is out of control,and may get worse with Mohamed Morsi declaring elections will happen in April despite there being no time to organize a candidate to run against him. It's a bold move on his part because Morsi believes he can become a dictator President like al-Assad. Egypt is far larger than Syria and with a man like Morsi from the Muslim Brotherhood in charge, it's not hard to imagine where he will try to lead them.
If we fund the rebel's in Syria and it works, we have saved thousands of lives in that country, and deterred people like Morsi. If we fund them and they fail, at the very least we send a message to freedom fighters around the world whom are under dictator rule, that if you fight, we will support you. If we do nothing and they lose, the message to the people is you're on your own, and the message to dictators is it's open season on Israel and the US. I say fund the rebels, and pray like hell they win.