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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Syria Explained

by Dr. Jack Sternberg, Contributing Author: I received this the other day. I don't know who the author is but I just had to share this.

Editorial Cartoon by Daryl Cagle - ~ Aug 2013. Not
much changed in Obama's Confusion in last 2 yrs.
Now pay attention, because I'm only going to say this once...

President Assad (who is bad) is a nasty guy who got so nasty, his people rebelled and the Rebels (who are good) started winning (Hurrah!).

But then some of the rebels turned a bit nasty and are now called Islamic State (who are definitely bad!) and some continued to support democracy (who are still good).

So President Putin (who is bad because he invaded Crimea and the Ukraine and killed lots of folks including that nice Russian man in London with polonium poisoned sushi) has decided to back Assad (who is still bad) by attacking ISIS (who are also bad) which is sort of a good thing.

But Putin (still bad) thinks the Syrian Rebels (who are good) are also bad and so he bombs them too, much to the annoyance of the Americans (who are good) who are busy backing and arming the rebels (who are also good).

Now Iran (who used to be bad, but now they have agreed not to build any nuclear weapons and bomb Israel, are now good) are going to provide ground troops to support Assad (still bad) as are the Russians (bad) who now have ground troops and aircraft in Syria.

So a coalition of Assad (still bad), Putin (extra bad) and the Iranians (good, but in a bad sort of way) are going to attack IS (who are bad) which is a good thing, but also the Syrian Rebels (who are good) which is bad.

Now the British (obviously good, except that nice Mr. Corbyn in the corduroy jacket, who is probably bad) and the Americans (also good) cannot attack Assad (still bad) for fear of upsetting Putin (bad) and Iran (good/bad) and now they have to accept that Assad might not be that bad after all compared to IS (who are super bad).

So Assad (bad) is now probably good, being better than IS, and since Putin and Iran are also fighting IS, that may now make them good.

America (still good) will find it hard to arm a group of rebels being attacked by the Russians, for fear of upsetting Mr. Putin (now good) and that nice mad Ayatollah in Iran (also good) and so they may be forced to say that the Rebels are now bad, or at the very least, abandon them to their fate. This will lead most of them to flee to
Turkey and on to Europe or join IS (still the only constantly bad group).

To Sunni Muslims, an attack by Shia Muslims (Assad and Iran) backed by Russians will be seen as something of a Holy War and the ranks of IS will now be seen by the Sunnis as the only Jihadist fighting in the Holy War and hence, many Muslims will now see IS as good .

Sunni Muslims will also see the lack of action by Britain and America in support of their Sunni rebel brothers as something of a betrayal (hmmm, might have a point) and hence we will be seen as bad.

So now we have America (now bad) and Britain (also bad) providing limited support to Sunni Rebels (bad), many of whom are looking to IS (good/bad) for support against Assad (now good) who, along with Iran (also good) and Putin (also, now, unbelievably, good) are attempting to re-take the country Assad used to run before all this started.

I hope that clears up any confusion for you.

If it doesn't, you'll have to find someone else to explain it to you in a different way. OK?
The above so well summarizes the insanity of the Middle East and the complexity of the problem. Who, except the Lord Himself, will ever be able to solve this problem. Fortunately, in His scriptures, He promises that He will do just that. We all long for that day, "The Day of the Lord."
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Jack Sternberg, MD, is a retired medical doctor and  Chairman, Garland County TEA Party Patriots in Arkansas, and a contributor to the ARRA News Service.

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Anonymous Tom Harmon said...

This is a good read!

12/15/2015  

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