As the UK Independent newspaper reports in its Saturday edition, the British government has formally opened talks with the Syrian rebels. This move parallels early Western efforts in Libya in advance of the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime and installation of the Benghazi rebels to ruling position in the country. Surely direct military intervention, likely under the NATO flag but with US as the majority partner, is not far behind.
As is well-documented, the Syrian rebels are hardly freedom fighters in love with Western democracy. In fact they are to an alarming degree ruthless extremists from the Muslim Brotherhood, working with and sheltered by a horribly misguided Turkish government to overthrow yet another secular regime in the Middle East.
As the finely-tuned observer Tony Cartalucci points out:
“The ‘Free Syria Army’ is literally an army of militant extremists, many drawn not from Syria’s military ranks, but from the Muslim Brotherhood, carrying heavy weapons back and forth over the Turkish and Lebanese borders, funded, supported, and armed by the United States, Israel, and Turkey. The latest evidence confirming this comes in the form of a report out of the International Institute for Strategic Studies where Senior Fellow for Regional Security at IISS-Middle East Emile Hokayem openly admits Syria’s opposition is armed and prepared to drag Syria’s violence into even bloodier depths.
“This report comes in sharp contrast to the propaganda fed via the corporate-media and the West’s foreign ministers on a daily basis, where the violence is portrayed as one-sided, with Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad ‘gunning down’ throngs of peaceful, placard waving protesters.”
How do the vast majority of Syrians feel about the rebels who are determined to implement radical Islam in place of the delicately balanced secular regime where Christians, Muslims, and others have lived in relative peace? They have been pouring into the streets by the hundreds of thousands to protest outside interference in Syrian affairs on behalf of the rebels. The real Syrian people are furious with Western governments, as well as with hypocritical Arab regimes such as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain who have the chutzpah to lecture Syria on the need for political reform.
But in this case the Syrian majority does not count. The people who do not wish to have their country bombed do not count. Democracy does not count. The only thing that counts is Regime Change and paving the way to war on Iran.
Western Christians who have been propagandized to believe that the armed rebels represent “the people” must understand one critical thing: If these rebels are successful, thousands of Syrian Christians will be murdered by the radical Islamic regime that will take over. And that blood will be on the hands of Western governments that have openly sided with the rebels from the beginning of the uprising. And on the people cheering the bloodbath.
Understand what is coming in Syria if the people who brought us Libya have their way: a bloodbath and Christian genocide. And as Russian warships enter Syrian waters, perhaps the neo-cons and Armageddonists will finally get the World War they have been pining for… God help us all.10:18 pm on November 18, 2011 Email Daniel McAdams