I’m not sure if the war in Syria is getting the press coverage it gets here on a daily basis- well at least until it was pushed off the front pages by the Olympics.
But it’s a worrisome war if only because of the volatility of the entire region and its global implications.
This morning I read one of the most devastating critiques of what is happening there by Robert Fisk who lives in the middle east and whose analysis I have come to trust. He points out that we in the West are happy to support Qatar and Saudia Arabia who are arming the rebels on the grounds that they are fighting for democracy.
Qatar and Saudia Arabia are supporting a fight for democracy? These are two governments based on inherited powers just like Bashir’s in Syria. They are dictatorships who do not even let women drive cars, let along vote. 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were from Saudia Arabia.
And we in America had no problems with the hell-holes of Syrian torture chambers when they served our purposes. The Bush administration regularly sent Muslims there for interrogation, guided by questions provided by the CIA.
What America is really concerned about, and the real reason they are supporting the Syrian rebels is because Iran is supporting Bashir. We are really concerned not about freedom, or about the 20,000 civilians already killed in Syria. But about Iran’s nuclear weapons.
But we aren’t saying so. Just as we didn’t say oil was the real reason for invading Iraq. Fighting for democracy sounds so much better.
If you can bear it, it’s worth reading the full article in the Independent.