Thursday, April 25, 2013

Syria---now nerve gas enters the picture.

Who is who in Syria? Which side offers the best for its people? The answer is extremely complicated. On one hand we have the despotic President and his clique and on the other a disparate group of rebels who once the battle is over will fight amongst themselves because they do not represent a majority view. What hope is there for a country when the choices are so confusing? The risk is that the winner will be the side which is best organized and that could well be a 'Taliban type' group.Tell that to the women and girls of Syria who may find that even under the present leader their position is far better, even if that did mean not having any real political say in the running of their country. Is the choice really that sinister or will some sort of consensus prevail?---I doubt it.
For the USA and other 'bystander nations,' the choice of whom to 'help' is also problematic. There is no point in hoping that the 'Islamic world' will be ale to provide an answer because they too find it  as hard to agree as does the rest of the world.  Why should the Islamic world be any different to other nation groupings? It all comes down to complex relationships and economic groupings that have always been the main influences on all world events.
Today we hear that the USA sees the latest developments around possible use by the present regime of nerve gas' against its own people as being the 'tipping point' re international intervention (read, USA involvement). That would be a crucial mistake for the USA; such an intervention will result in further complicating an already intolerable position. Has the USA not learnt from its involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan and the sad fact is that the USA will drag its 'lackey' friends (NZ etc.) into a hopeless venture. For once, I hope that NZ and others will resist all moves and pressure to become involved in yet another disaster.
Where does that leave Syria? Look at history!