As the Syrian crisis escalates, and the Middle Eas
t shows that it is no longer a region of stability, in the least, many people in the West wonder where this is leading. Too many people continue to bury their heads in the sand hoping that it will all go away, or come out peacefully, but that is increasingly unlikely. Those that predict a major conflict is on the way are probably nearer the truth.The problem with the Middle East is that each country has its own set of problems. Yet the West views the region on masse and chooses to forget this. A "One Size Fits All" democracy is not possible in this region and it is about time this was acknowledged.Much as we all enjoy certain freedoms in a Western Democracy it too is flawed. If it were not Western economies would be more buoyant than they are. Governments would not be looking at ways to curb our freedoms either.
At the heart of many of the issues in the Middle East is Israel. Iran is no friend of Israel and that country reciprocates. Both appear to have had enough of living an uneasy peace and are set for war. Israel currently looks set to make the first move. Should it do so the implications on the World are not worth thinking about.Look back to wars such as the First World War which people at the time said would be "over by Christmas"
for a taste of what could be too come. Wars can go on for decades or longer. Afghanistan is a prime example of a country torn apart over a long period of time. Should any leader push "the button" and it will bye bye world as we know it.Current violence streches beyond the immediate borders of the ME. Today August 21, 2012, there is news that the US admistration support a double whammy in countries such as Pakistan when the US send in drones. Not only will a drone kill a person or persons but a second drone will follow on immediately to attack those helping the injured or dead. As we all know Drones do not always hit the desired target. They have killed innocents including children. This means that a second drone could kill the parents of a child who was hit, as they tried to reach the victim.
This cowardly way of "doing business" is shrouded in secrecy by the US administration. We wonder why?The "see it, kill it" policy, as it appears to us, would be condemned were it operated by Russia, China or Iran. Where along the line did justice disappear? You may reply in 9/11 but that is too simplistic. IRA bombers killed many on the mainland of the UK but we do not send drones in to kill would be future bombers, do we?
Imagine the USA if we did?. If you do not see why such action is wrong words may never persuade you otherwise. It does seem odd that so many who purport to be Christians seem content to kill thousands upon thousands in memory of those who died in 9/11.The anniversary of that tragedy is almost here again. Terrorism has not stopped. It has been prevented at times but drone attacks and the like have helped breed a new generation of terrorists with hate in their hearts.Yesterday August 20, 2012, US President Obama told President Assad of Syria that US troops could be deployed in Syria.
Countries such as the UK and the USA are in deep debt with many problems at home to resolve yet they seem hell bent on interfering in civil wars and the ME.Yes people are dying in Syria but they are in many other countries around the World. The fact is that Syria is "special" due to its links with Iran, its location and the US with its links to Israel.If Syria crumbles Iran will have one less ally in the region. On less supporter for the day when Israel strikes. You may believe that much of this will "blow over" as in the past but not this time. Israel has declared its intention
to make what it calls a "preemptive strike on Iran to prevent its nuclear development" and when it does all Hell will break lose.Israel belives it could hit Iran with a short sharp shock and not cause a protracted period of unrest. We believe that assumption is wrong.
Mr Obama also warned Assad yesterday about using chemical weapons should US troops be deployed. Pot calling kettle black springs to mind. Currently there are furtive calls and deals being made which look set to take us to war. Yet another war. Yet more pointless destruction. Yet more money wasted. Wars however often level economies and reduce unemployment , don't they? Those with money invested in weapons always do well, don't they?
Munitions suppliers always profit, don't they?Do we the people want any of this?Related reading: