“Caution, Curves Ahead”

Roger AKL

In “Caution, Curves Ahead” (New York Times, March 26, 2013), Thomas L. Friedman writes that the rebellion in Syria could be much more disastrous for human rights and democracy than the actual government.

He is so right. This so-called opposition takes its orders, fighters (jihadists), arms and power from the likes of Wahhabi Saudi Arabia, Turkey (who is governed by Islamists and is the old colonial oppressing power over Syria and Lebanon) and Moslem Brothers’ Qatar. It is then understandable that we cannot expect democracy and human rights to be the fruits of fanatic theocracies.

You become even more cautious, when you notice that the Syrian government, who was supposed to be overthrown each second day since two years, is still fighting and winning against all odds and jihadists coming from all over the Moslem world and trained and financed in Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon (guess by whose secret services); you realize then that this Syrian government is supported by more than half of the Syrian population.

Roger AKL is a former Lebanese navy officer.

This situation has made Thomas Friedman ask those cautious questions and he is right to be cautious; the problem is that the US administration has been trying to overthrow Assad since the beginning of the Syrian war, because nobody in his complete mind would believe that what Saudi Arabia and Qatar are doing, is done without at least US approval and even incentives.

The problem is that a vulture cannot give birth to an eagle and Wahhabi theocrats cannot replace the Syrian government by a democracy. In the contrary, what is planned for Syria is another theocracy, another Saudi Arabia, at best, and probably another Afghanistan. Already the Arab states have been blackmailed to recognize the Syrian puppets or their citizens will be thrown out from their jobs in the Gulf countries.

What is planned is not only an Islamic dictatorship in Syria, but also all over the Arab world, starting by Lebanon, where there are premises of a new confessional war, much more lethal than the formers.

Poor Lebanon, it was first destroyed by a Kissinger planned confessional war to replace the Christian governed democracy by a joint Syrian Saudi protectorate, until the murder of the Saudi puppet Prime Minister Rafik Hariri; he failed in his mission to create a Sunni theocracy under the orders of the Saudis and was removed by his own employers (Saudi, Israeli?). Today the NATO countries are trying again to promote these theocracies all over the Arab world: Syria and Lebanon are still resisting. For how long?

The problem with the West is its thinking that these Arab theocrats and dictators will last forever against their own populations. One day they will be surprised to see all these sand castles blown up and gone with the wind.

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Roger AKL :Roger AKL is a former Lebanese navy officer, former Assistant armed Forces Attaché at the Lebanese Embassy in Washington D.C., 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 group (1984-1990). Currently he is a writer in Middle Eastern affairs.