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Friday, June 08, 2012


Neoconservative commentary recently about Syria indicates a split developing within their ranks. There are now two distinct groups giving two very divergent views. On one side there are those that would like to see intervention preferably by the US and their allies to oust President Bashar al-Assad, while on the other side there are those that strongly object to intervention arguing that it would be aiding and abetting the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda.

Writing in National Review Online, Andrew McCarthy says:

Congratulations to Mitt Romney. In calling for “opposition groups” to be armed and trained for their ongoing jihad against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, the GOP’s presidential contender has managed to align himself with al-Qaeda emir Ayman al-Zawahiri and Muslim Brotherhood icon Yusuf al-Qaradawi.

Meanwhile, over at Commentary, neocon warhawk Max Boot is demanding to know why the US is not helping the Syrian rebels. Boot writes:

…election-year politics probably weighs against a… forceful American response. That’s a shame, because if we do nothing, not only will many more Syrians lose their lives, but we will lose a prime opportunity to tilt the Middle East balance of power against our primary adversary, Iran.

The lessons of previous ‘Arab Spring’ revolutions, it seems, are only just beginning to sink in with the neocons.

The word ‘intervention’ when used by either side has simply become propaganda shorthand for regime change. Neither side are in the slightest bit interested in intervention for strictly humanitarian purposes – which, of course, are why the West will get no support from the Russians and Chinese who can see right through the West’s ploy.

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