Libertarian Commentary #16-06A By Nathan Barton
The Islamic wars continue, Freedom Net Daily has a few stories to comment on, specifically looking at Syria right now, where at least four sides and a dozen nations and other groups are making hay:
First up is Canada, where the dynast Justin Trudeau, is keeping his campaign promise to end airstrikes against the Caliphate (Islamic State) in Syria, according to the Intelligencer. “Canada’s prime minister on Monday announced that the country will end airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq by Feb. 22, saying that ‘the people terrorized by ISIL every day don’t need our vengeance, they need our help.’ Justin Trudeau, following up on campaign promises he made last year, also announced that the government will expand efforts to train local forces and rebuild the war-torn region.” Even a stopped clock is right twice a day: Trudeau is doing the right thing, partly – but FedCanada efforts to “train local forces” that are just another kind of government will just fail. As the next story can help remind us.
A UN report claims that ‘Syria regime “exterminating detainees”‘, or so the BBC headline declares. “The Syrian government has carried out a state policy of extermination against thousands of detainees, UN human rights investigators say. They accuse President Bashar al-Assad’s regime of crimes against humanity, in a report for the UN Human Rights Council. The study says both loyalist and anti-government forces have committed possible war crimes. Many detainees were tortured, some were beaten to death, and others died from lack of food, water, or medical care.” Notice the bias in the headline: Assad is attacked for this, but his enemies (although mentioned in the body of the story) are not vilified. How much of this is due to the BBC bias (the UK of course is agin’ Assad, and how much is due to the fact the Saudis are hypocriticially on (and maybe chairing?) the “Human Rights Council.” Truth is, UN-run or -sanctioned “peace keepers” commit crimes against humanity almost daily. I suspect the only reason this made the mainstream media is because HM Government and the FedGov need to constantly blacken Assad and whitewash the “rebels” (except of course for the Caliphate, which leads and aids rebels against Assad).
Of course, Trudeau’s action is, as far as the normal, ordinary Syrians are concerned, totally without effect: France and the UK and US – and maybe Saudi Arabia will step in. Yeah, it may be on the other side (ONE of the other sides), as the Tuscaloosa News reports, the Saudi offer to send troops to Syria comes with uncertainty. “Saudi Arabia’s offer to send troops to fight Islamic State in Syria is as much about the kingdom’s growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering U.S. calls for more help from its allies in the Middle East. A Saudi deployment runs the potentially explosive risk of confrontation between one of the Arab world’s most powerful militaries and forces keeping Syrian President Bashar Assad in power.” And it CERTAINLY is not about providing aid and comfort to the miserable Arab peasants and business people caught between the various sides. Make no mistake; even if the Sauds are supposedly against the Caliphate (and there are many who question that), they WANT a Caliphate just as much as al-Baghdadi or the Persians (Iranians) want one, but with THEM (the Saud Crime Family) in charge. Ditto for Egypt and Pakistan and Turkey and no doubt Morocco and Indonesia. (Fortunately (well, in some ways), Muslims really often seem to prefer fighting and killing other Muslims more than they do Westerners)
Notice that NO one is pointing out that if the regular Arab folks in the country were able to defend themselves and their families against all the governments and would-be governments, things might be better off than dropping thousands of tons of bombs a day. Self-defense: a pistol or a rifle, and the training and understanding of personal liberty and responsibility; is what is needed.
Mama’s Note: We’ve said for many years that a good solution would be for millions of “care packages” to be parachuted to the ordinary people. A package containing a simple gun, ammunition, and basic instructions to use them. I’d vote for that.