2013 April 17 Wednesday
Assad Warns West On Islamic Revolutionaries

Embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad tells the West we'll be sorry for helping Islamic fundamentalists come to power in the Middle East.

"The West has paid heavily for funding al Qaeda in its early stages. Today it is doing the same in Syria, Libya and other places, and will pay a heavy price in the heart of Europe and the United States," he said, according to a CNN translation.

But will our elites admit to the heavy price? I don't think so. We pay lots of unadmitted prices and the list is growing.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2013 April 17 10:37 PM 

Stephen said at April 17, 2013 11:57 PM:

But will our elites admit to the heavy price? I don't think so.

Its not as if they're the ones paying the price.

Iran and Syria were the two most western equivalent countries in the region (you could sit on a street corner in Damascus or Tehran and feel entirely at home), so of course we do our best to propagandise them as existential enemies. At the same time we suck up to the most anti-western countries such as Saudi Arabia.

I don't think this is accidental.

SOBL1 said at April 18, 2013 6:09 AM:

Playing Empire is just too much fun. The elites get their pet projects or causes. There is too much money at stake in our increasingly interconnected world. They push globalization, which causes problems, which require more connectivity which creates problems, etc. Everyday Americans for decades have been rejecting the world cop role, but the world cop role comes with running the world through the institutions like the UN, IMF, World Bank, etc.

Big Nick Digger said at April 19, 2013 2:22 PM:

But it is our job to Save the World for Democracy and Bring Moshiach so all The Nations can bow down and honor him (and His people!).

Check it out said at April 19, 2013 2:43 PM:

It is our job to put an end to wars of agression, "crusades" and holy wars. It is our job to stop those who want to "save the world" in the name of democracy. It is our job to put an end to the sick idea of bowing before any damn moshiach. It is our job to make sure everybody understands that nobody can "save" the world nor does anybody have the moral authority on how it should be saved.

Check it out said at April 19, 2013 2:51 PM:

Why is it that people overflowing with hate and need to make war are generally very religious?

Anybody who feels the need to make holy war and force a belief on people, can take their dream-world, blood-thirsty god and shove it up his own heaven.

Michael L said at April 19, 2013 7:15 PM:

Assad would have been more credible if he were a legit secular ruler like Saddam. Instead he seems to have been the puppet for Iran and allegedly even the Hezbollah gang, of all people. So now the exciting question is, will it be the Guardians of Islamic Revolution to prevail in Syria or will it be the Muslim Brotherhood militants. Yuck.

Joseph Moroco said at April 20, 2013 1:10 PM:

File this under res ipsa loquitur.

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