(From the Google page on Bashar al-Assad)
Bashar Hafez al-Assad ; born 11 September 1965 is the current President of Syria and Regional Secretary of the Syrian-led branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party. His father Hafez al-Assad ruled Syria for 29 years until his death in 2000. Wikipedia
Presidential term: July 17, 2000 –
One of my gravest concerns rotates around events occurring in Syria as it seems to put us in a dammed if we do and dammed if we don't situation. We can't just sit and ignore what is happening over there; we can't get any useful sanctions applied [through the useless UN]; we won't actively participate in any military action; we can't involve our surrogate [Israel] in any military action either but most of all we can't allow Syria's mass accumulation of Chemical and Biological weapons to fall into the wrong hands. That is a genuine concern because we can't identify the participants in the opposition forces and what makes this identification problem a huge issue is only a couple of weeks ago, the Military forces of Bashar al-Assad were kicking rebel butts as their shotguns could not defeat tanks. But that all changed once Rebel armament was augmented by RPGs and AK-47's.
What changed? My fear, and others agree with me, is that either Al Qaeda, Hezbollah or the Muslim Brotherhood [or all of the above have] has taken over the rebellion. Another chilling change noticed in the Rebel forces is their attitude toward Christians and Iraqi refugees. Barack Hussein Obama seems to have successfully aided the Muslim Extremists in their quest to reestablish their Caliphate in the Middle East. Along with Barack is Hillary Clinton's ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and that is a chilling notion to contemplate [see note below]. Bottom line is if the Rebels have been infiltrated by any of the Muslim Extremist groups, then we cannot idly sit by and watch as our avowed enemies reap the rewards of a Chemical and Biological weapon's cache which they will most certainly use against us.
I believe I understand why China and especially Russia, who even threatens Military Action, would block UN sanctions against Syria but what I fail to understand why the USA exudes such an aura of impotency in this grave situation. At least the European Community has imposed sanctions on Syria, so why is no one talking about NATO becoming involved? They rushed to help Libyan rebels [before knowing their makeup] when Qaddafi displayed hostility towards his own people, but thousands more have died at the hands of Assad. Why the disparity? In a three character word, Oil. The reason NATO was so quick to act in Libya is because Europe gets 85% of Libya's crude oil exports. The US only got .05%, so why were we so quick to take the lead...? China gets 3% of their crude from Libya.
Therefore I can only assume, since Imam Obama has kissed China's butt so much, that we were providing the largest holder of our debt the favor of protecting one of their crude oil sources by spending more of the Taxpayer's money. Giving Obama the benefit of the doubt we can speculate he was giving China a reason to loan us more money and also a reason to ask Congress for higher taxes to cover the cost of the Libyan War, which as of August 22, 2011, was about $896 Million dollars. Why no rush from Obama to get involved in Syria; it appears there is not a lot of oil in that country and most of it goes to Europe (which explains their strong stance on sanctions).
My worst fear is that Syria provides Emperor Obama with a fall back plan for the 2012 election. That plan being to use Syria as the crisis required to declare martial law and suspend all National elections until the end of that crisis, which of course never comes. Since Iran is Syria's Puppet Master, any military action taken would most likely involve Iran and Obama is on record stating he will declare a state of Martial Law if war with Iran should occur.
Note: If you think my comments about Hillary Clinton are nothing but a "Conspiracy Theory", check out this story posted 31 July after my blog was posted.