As we view the happy toppling of the madman Gaddafi, under NATO air attack with both US and EU sanction, how many of us say ‘why not the same for Syria’? Is it not a similarly anti-democratic regime? Is not Assad just as much of a tyrant as is Gaddafi? Wherefore the lenience, to put it another way, towards a similarly belligerent regime?
The common answer is that we in the west and the first world have so many investments there, including in oil, that it was a fait accompli. But dig deeper, and we see that only 2 percent of the oil on which the US and the EU depends is pumped from Libya. All sorts of conspiracies surround this matter. You’ll have your own, I’m sure.
But there is written into history and not paid the smallest bit of attention one fact: in February 2011 the Arab League, a disgustingly self-promoting Islamic body, looked up to and revered by both US and UK alike, kicked Libya out of its organisation, with the full support of Syria. Could this be why Syria has not been a recipient of our harsh but of course just and fair treatment? I’ll leave it to you to decide.
You don’t care about my opinion by now, for you’ll have formed your own. But for the hell of it: typical contemptible capitulation before an Islamic threat, already seen in such degree in the UN’s unsuccessful appeasement of the Organisation of Islamic Conference seeking to make freedom of expression a thing of the past when applied to Islam. This one? A rather subtle form of capitulation, aka cowardice. Not a finest hour.