According to Sen. John McCain — the war movement’s biggest cheerleader — Syrian opposition leaders will handover all chemical weapons when the President and Congress authorize a military strike that leads to Bashar al-Assad leaving office.
We respectfully submit that the Senator is completely off his rocker. There is no way on God’s green earth they will do that.
“General Idris and the Syrian National Council are more than eager to do that; they’d like to get it off of their hands,” McCain said on Morning Joe, yesterday.
Sure, they are, John, sure they are. Let’s look at the protagonists.
Rebels:The Free Syrian Army is a Sunni muslim organization comprised of breakaway soldiers from the national Syrian Army. Right now, they are not only fighting the al-Bashar regime but they are also into it with the Shiite and Wahhabi islamist groups supported by Al Qaeda. The UN said they used chemical weapons. Now we want to help them. We’re not sure why as there is no mission objective. But Obama, Samantha Power and the Old Men in Washington think it’s a great idea. The rebels will hang on to chemical weapons because they’re not giving in.
Regime: Al Bashar is a heartless murderer. His Syrian Army comprises Sunni ranks and Alawite (mystical Shia offshoot) leadership. The ranks are leaving in droves to join the Free Syrian Army. The UN has accused the regime of gross human rights violations including the use of chemical weapons. Hezbollah, the Arab Shiite terrorist group is supporting al-Bashar largely because he supported them in the past and because he allows them to kill Sunni muslims. They will hang on to their chemical weapons because they’re going to need them somewhere else — probably against us Americans.
It’s ugly. Right now, and until it spills over into Lebanon, it’s a civil war. Then it will erupt into a religious war across the Middle East. Israel will get involved. It will be ugly.
JOHN McCAIN IS DELUDED IF HE THINKS WE’D BE
GIVEN ANY CHEMICAL WEAPONS.
Beware the Law of Unintended Consequences. Look what happened when we gave the mujahideen arms to fight the Soviets. They won. They thought it was because of their skill in war, not Reagan’s arms race, and they got cocky. They decided to take on the Great Satan. They used our old weapons to kill our young soldiers. Not a great outcome.
There are many other examples demonstrating how our interference made a bad thing much, much worse.
The U.S. and the European powers leaders helping lead the intervention are looking for ways to get more involved and help bring the war to an end. Western officials are increasingly turning to the same option that the U.S. employed in Afghanistan in the 1980s: arm the rebels. In the U.S., Senators John Kerry and John McCain, the leading Democratic and Republican foreign policy figures in the Senate, have both suggested that the U.S. should arm anti-Qaddafi rebels. So have Senators Joe Lieberman, Kent Conrad, and Mary Landrieu. In the U.K., Prime Minister David Cameron and Secretary of State William Hague are both signalling they may arm rebels. At a panel discussion on Thursday night held by the American University of Lebanon, the Washington Post’s Jackson Diehl reported that France, which has been by far the most aggressive Western power in intervening, is considering arming the fighters.
The U.S. has a long, complicated, and dark history of arming rebel groups around the world. Our support for the anti-communist militias in Argentina and Honduras led us to directly train some of the fighters that later evolved into outright death squads. Nixon-era CIA operations in Chile helped Augusto Pinochet’s takeover by military coup, which later ended with Pinochet’s arrest as a war criminal for the mass murder and torture. The Nicaraguan contras, whom we armed in the 1980s to terrorize the Marxist government, instead terrorized civilians, whom they tortured and killed in large numbers. The U.S.’s support for the rise of the Khmer Rouge, remembered for their genocide of nearly 2 million Cambodians, is more ambiguous and complicated. At the very least, they enjoyed tacit U.S. tolerance as long as they fought Communist Vietnam.
John, that Sarin gas ain’t ever coming here. You need to chill out. Forget the crack. Drop a couple of Quaaludes and do us all a favor.