Tuesday, March 20, 2012
MICHAEL IGNATIEFF WRITES ABOUT SYRIA AND ASSAD - DISPLAYING CLOSE TO A TOTAL LACK OF UNDERSTANDING - HOW DID ANYONE EVER SEE ANYTHING SPECIAL IN IGNATIEFF?
POSTED RESPONSES TO A COLUMN BY MICHAEL IGNATIEFF IN TORONTO'S GLOBE AND MAIL
Mr. Ignatieff proves as dull a writer on this topic as he was a speaker in politics.
Cliches, unoriginal imagery, and uninspired establishment analysis - just about sums it up.
Speaking of parallel universes (a truly dull cliche of Ignatieff's choosing), isn't Ignatieff living in one himself if he thinks this contributes to anyone's understanding?
Some of the truths in this matter include:
1) The United States and Israel wouldn't know what to do without Assad. He's almost a silent partner in keeping extremists quiet, just as the House of Saud is and just as Mubarak was.
2) The United States - in its typically blundering way in contemporary foreign affairs, not even understanding its own genuine long-term interests - secretly helped instigate this uprising, and Israel is supplying weapons.
3) A militant and more Islamic-focused Syria represents the same kind of idiot situation created in Libya - a long-term source of militants raging with resentment against American interference.
4) Does anyone remember the American race riots of 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1992? Police and National Guard (bayonets fixed on rifles) killed rioters by the scores in the streets of major American cities.
One can only imagine how brutally the American establishment would react to the kind of political provocation seen in Syria. America has the greatest mass of troops and weapons on the planet ready to suppress any civil disturbance.
5) And need I remind anyone of Israel's response to the least provocation? Assad, in putting down a genuine civil disturbance, hasn't managed to kill the number of people Israel has killed in recent years, and these were people just trying to seek relief from occupation and constant oppression.
This piece seriously raises the question what did anyone ever see as special in Ignatieff?
‘I will start by saying the violence and the number of dead in Iraq is a lot higher for the same period as is in Syria. Having said this I have to say the mantra of : "Assad killing his own people" is tiresome.’
America left somewhere between a half and one million corpses in Iraq.
The inept politician writing this piece helped praise the effort.
Even today - once the Arab world's most advanced country, well on its way to eventually graduating to more democratic government –it is an awful place to live.
There is no dependable water and electricity for many.
There are no decent jobs for an entire generation.
Depleted uranium dust is slowly poisoning thousands of kids.
And America's brutal stupidity created at least two million refugees. Imagine two million out of a population of maybe twenty-five - a huge disruption.
And who took in those refugees?
You'd be wrong if you guessed the United States who created their plight.
You win the prize if you said Assad's Syria.