As the west prepares for action against the Syrian regime and its leader, President Assad he has issued a warning to the west. The Guardian reports "President Assad says chemical weapons allegations are politically motivated and all US wars since Vietnam have ended badly." He was speaking in an interview with Russian publication Izvestia daily.
He may look like a rabbit caught in the headlights of a car but he will not as they say "go lightly".
The west, having procrastinated about the Syrian civil war and the iron rule of President Bashar al-Assad for years,appears to be approaching its end game. UN inspectors are making their way to the alleged site of a chemical attack in Syria last week, which killed and injured many, but the west has decided that Assad's agreement to the inspection is too little and too late.
UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague, keeps appearing on UK news with tough words for Assad. Reports claim that the US is planning air strikes likened to previous action in Kosovo. Iran has warned the west against taking action and Russia and China continue to support the Syrian regime. Sadly we have all the elements in place for global conflict.
Bluff and propaganda still plays its part as all sides sabre rattle but the time for action draws near. All is far from well in the Middle East and just how much that is down to the west is open to debate.
Western forces fought a bloody war in Iraq after invading following the 9/11 Twin Towers event in New York. After invading the country out of a need for revenge and vague promises about preventing terrorism NATO forces fought a long and arduous war which resulted in many deaths, both civilian and military. Now that Iraq is back fending for itself is that country stable and peaceful? BBC News reported late Sunday:
A wave of bomb attacks across Iraq has killed at least 46 people, police and medical sources say. Worst affected were Baghdad and the central city of Baquba, which were hit by numerous blasts. Violence during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which ended in early August, left more than 670 people dead - one of the highest tolls for years. The rising level of casualties comes amid heightened tensions between Sunni and Shia Muslims. Sunnis say they are being marginalised by Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's Shia-led government. In Baquba, there were reports of four bombings, two of which were said to have targeted a Shia wedding.
Egypt's Arab Spring was hailed as a new beginning for the people of that country but two years later all hell has broken loose. The military who supported former dictator Hosni Mubarak are back in power. The military coup held recently left the west in a quandary. When is a coup not a coup was played over and over again. As the crisis unfolded and deepened, following the removal of President Morsi, the first elected leader of Egypt, protesters hit the streets again. The military responded to form and many people died. Who was to blame?
Having almost gone full circle in the space of two years Hosni Mubarak was freed from prison last week but placed under house-arrest. Yesterday his trial for the murder of protesters during the Arab Spring was adjourned until late October.
Palestine and Israel
These two regions of the Middle East are crucial perhaps to possible western action against Syria. Ultimately, no mater how much our leaders claim they want to aid the humanitarian effort in Syria and prevent more bloodshed other issues such as peace in Israel and oil will be higher up the list of priorities. Monday breaking news at the BBC reports:
Three Palestinians have been killed in clashes with Israeli forces in Qalandiya refugee camp in the West Bank, Palestinian sources say. Nineteen Palestinians were wounded in the confrontation, Palestinian medical sources said. Israeli police said "riot dispersal methods" had been used against some 1,500 Palestinians throwing rocks and petrol bombs during an arrest. They did not confirm the use of live fire or any reported deaths.
There are other countries experiencing conflict and instability in the region not least Afghanistan and Mali. All in all a massive area of the world is crumbling and the west must take some blame. If the people of the countries involved desire democracy they will fight for it but it should be their fight, not ours because we want it to play out to suit us.
Assad claims the US will fail in a conflict and yes its track record in recent years is not good. There are of course times in this life when action is vital. The massacre of jews in Nazi war camps had to be stopped. Have we reached such a point in history again?
Will action against Assad make the world and Syria a better place or destroy more of Mother Earth and its citizens?