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Syria: Who controls America's Foreign Policy?

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Syria: Who Controls America's Foreign Policy?


The republicans in congress don't agree with whatever President Obama says or does on all domestic and foreign-policy issues. However, they do agree when it comes to the Middle East. This makes you wonder: what supreme power exists that can force both parties to tow the same line. It certainly is not the national interest. There is hardly any national interest involved there. What is in the Middle East than can force both parties to agree? The answer is Israel and its Jewish lobby.


If Assad did attack his own people with nerve gas and committed a crime against humanity, it is the United Nation's job to discipline him and teach other dictators like him a lesson about such crimes. It is not our job; we have our problems to content with. We should be ready to support whatever the United Nations does. We already know that Russia and possibly China are opposed to military intervention in Syria and have their own reasons for their positions. If that is what the United Nations decides, so be it. They, as well as the other nations of the world, will have to live with the consequences.


Our problem is that Israel and its surrogates are pushing the United States to attack Syria. With their tight control over the congress and the president, America is being pushed relentlessly to attack Syria. The Israelis apparently manufactured intelligence about the gas attack in Syria that the US is relying upon. This is a scary reminder of what happened just before the war in Iraq concerning weapons of mass destruction that did not exist. We are still recovering from the results of that unnecessary war.


The only beneficiary of an attack on Syria will be the Israelis who will have succeeded in destroying another Arab/Moslem country and eliminated one threat to their security and economic well-being. America will pay the price in many ways including further loss of standing with the 1.2 billion Arabs and Moslems. It will further alienate the rest of the world and accelerate the downward slide in America's world position both economically and otherwise.


The protagonists of attacking Syria believe that in addition to destroying the military potential of one of Israel's enemies, the attack on Syria might also inhibit Iran, in the future, from attacking Israel. The voices of Israel and its supporters in the United States, including AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), are being intentionally muted in the media these days to avoid drawing public attention to their pivotal role in promoting the march to war.


Claiming that any military attack by the United States on Syria is based on moral grounds cannot be supported. The United States, and the West in general, have less than an exemplary record when it comes to crimes against humanity: Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki. America supported Saddam Hussein's gassing of the Kurds and Iranians. We did not intervene during the Rwandan genocide. The bodies buried on the American moral high ground are beyond numbers. Let us be real and not fool ourselves into doing something we are sure to regret.


It is clear that if we do attack Syria, it will not be because we are protecting our national interests. It will be because we are protecting the interests of Israel and its supporters who control what we do in that part of the world.     
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Retired Pharmacologist with two masters and a Ph.D.
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