In its Editorial “Assad’s Lies”, the New York Times (4/20/2012) writes that the West has got a “win” in Libya.
These arms are now in the hands of Islamic Fighters, like Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb; these extremists, Islamic fighters and Tuaregs, coming from Libya, are now attacking the North of Mali’s populations where the Christians are massacred, when they are not protected by their true godly Moslem neighbors.
What kind of democracy and human rights the NYT wants in Syria, ones that look like the West’s Saudi and Qatari allies’, or racist and confessional ones like in Turkey, who ethnically cleansed the non Moslem and non ”true” Turkish populations?
Perhaps the ten thousand Syrian refugees in Turkey are seen too numerous; what about the 1.5 million refugees in Syria, coming from Iraq after its invasion? What about the 5 million Palestinian refugees pushed out by the Israeli allies against all Security Council resolutions and all human and international laws?
All this is so hypocritical.
Things should be called by their names; the West is not looking for any democracy or human rights but for political and economic interests.
So, why not avowing that this time it has to cut its losses and really let the Syrians find their way to peace and democracy without outside interference?
Isn’t it time for the West to put some ethics in its politics that will give it really a moral edge over its rivals? I think it will find out that it is, in the same time, for the good of its own interests and those of peace in the world.
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PS: Roger AKL is a former Lebanese navy officer, former Assistant armed Forces Attaché at the Lebanese Embassy in Washington D.C., former Second in Command of the Lebanese Navy (1981- 1984) and former head of the Lebanese liaison bureau with the American forces in Lebanon (1983-1984), former chairman, CEO and director of the board of companies in the INTRA Investment group (1984-1990). Currently he is a writer in Middle Eastern affairs.