Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Misc 1.  This is a relatively 'old' blog but despite all the ISIS news these days I won't be updating it with any frequency.  My opinions have not changed from two years ago when I put up the site.

Misc 2. The Smerconish Show on CNN of 5/23/15 had guest Michael Scheuer the author of 'Imperial Hubris' *.  This 22 yr veteran of the CIA and head of the Bin Laden desk up to 2009 had very similar ideas to mine and pointed out several things Bin Laden wanted to accomplish, all these efforts are ongoing at this time:

1)  Drive out US and Arab tyrants,
2)  Destroy Isreal
3)  Establish a caliphate**
4)  Settle scores with Shia Muslims

Mr. Scheuer also echoed my own thoughts and said:  "Since we can't beat them with our military we should let them klll each other."
My comment is simply that they are doing a good job and we should not get in their way.
* Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror (Brassey's, 2004; ISBN 1-57488-849-8)

**  caliphate is an Islamic state. It's led by a caliph, who is a political and religious leader who is a successor (caliph) to the Islamic prophet Muhammad. His power and authority is absolute.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

"The Most Deadly Middle East Conflict is Shia vs. Sunni"

I doubt that Muslims have much interest in the schism between the Catholic Church and the various Protestant groups and correspondenly we 'Christians' have little interest or understanding of the divide between Shia and Suni in the Arab and Persian world.  Islam is a religion frozen in time and not interested in change.

A good summary of this issue by Dr. Kedar in his November Op-Ed piece is found at: 
in his article titled:  "The Most Deadly Middle East Conflict is Shia vs.Sunni".

1300 years of conflict between the sects is hard to summarize but one quote is telling:  
"The struggle between the two groups has led to the development of great differences between the two in every area of religious life: religious laws are different, the theology is different, and even the basic scriptures are different".
Recent reverses in Syria and Iraq, which undermined what the US and its allies accomplished in taking control of the region, have brought home to us the futility of involvement in the Arab/Persian theater.

US and Western casualties seem to have been for nothing and at this late date it seems to finally have occurred to our leaders that we should not invest any more lives in this conflict.

The radical calls of the Muslim fringe to attack the Great Satan and the West in general make a mockery of their supposed 'peaceful' religion.  The only positive thing to note is that the 13 century long divide between Suni and Shia keeps Muslims from even greater efforts to attack us.

As long as the radical anti-US Muslims are busy killing each other they have less time to take up their Jihad against the West.
The best course of action for the West is to simply stay out of it.



  So you don't have to wade through the below to find out my opinion - here it is in brief summary:

Stay the Hell OUT of Syria!

Here is a message to the House which they should take to heart.

We have no friends in Syria and few in the Middle East.

Arab Spring or not, most of them hate the West and in particular the USA.

We don't know which side is the 'Good Guys' and which are the 'Bad Guys'. Almost certainly both are anti-West, so how can we support either side?

We are NOT the worlds Policeman. It is a bad situation which won't be made any better by our dropping some bombs.  With all the waffeling by Mr. Obama even our allies have no idea what our plan is and his 'drawing a red line'  makes us a joke in the Middle East.

Just reading the press reports we know that a former signifigant anti American and Isreali military force in the middle east is tearing itself apart and leaving their country in ruins.  It will take 10-12 years for them to rebuild what they have destroyed in the last 2+ years. 

If they are determined to kill each other then we should have enough common sense to keep out of it and let them get on with it.

We should just sit back and watch the radical nut cases kill each other.  While they are busy with this they won't have time to also attack the West and there will be fewer of them for us to kill later.

A poll, conducted after U.S. officials claimed Syria's government killed thousands of civilians with chemical weapons, shows:
25 percent of Americans now support air strikes to aid rebels in Syria, while
41 percent said they are opposed. Another
34 percent said that they're not sure.