Bashar al-Assad Interview 2015 BBC w/ Analysis


The contradictions on behalf of Western analysts trying to rationalize their original disposition that Assad was the tyranny of the Middle East, and not for example, closer allies of the West, whom it might not be convenient to publicly expose, like Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar & the Muslim Brotherhood, in their complicity in funding terrorism, extremism & inequality in the region.

If the West intended to ask the right questions they would have asked how sure can Assad be that he has a substantial support of the Syrian population and/or diaspora?

Furthermore, their attempt to rationalize the rise of ISIS as an Assadist creation while suggesting that the West and Assad might be able to cooperate against ISIS is an inherent contradiction, a hypocrisy, which only discredits Western narratives about Middle Eastern politics even further.

It is not the duty of the West or the East to liberate the world. ISIS & terrorism from the Middle East are caused by two specific sources: Israeli fundamentalism, expansionism & colonial outposts such as the Saudi monarchy causing huge socio-economic imbalances creating a BREEDING grounds for terrorism and fanatical religious propaganda, such as Wahhabism, the essential philosophy behind all so-called muslim terrorist groups, from al Qaeda, to al Nusra & ISIS.

Remember, all of these entities need capital to survive and fight. Who is supplying them? Who is ENABLING them?

I would argue it is a coalition of two forces: the first force is more elusive because it exists in the largely free and democratic world. It is the conservative right wing. While their grip on private and public sectors remain tight, the very nature of democracy in the West forces political forces of imperial persuasions must be a little more behind the scenes. This is largely why the majority of tyrannies and injustices that exist outside of the West, have close ties with Western counties.

Terrorism and injustice cannot be prevented until their PARTICULAR roots are dissected, understood and exposed. Until then we are in a constant state of worry legitimizing these types of covert behind the scenes forms of corruption.

Danny Krikorian

Orlando, FL

Political Science – International Relations, B.A.

University of Central Florida

dannkrikorian@gmail.com

@krikos88 (T/I)

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On US and Arab ‘Coalition’ Attack ISIS in Syria


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It is either imperialism carving its route, or correctional measures to counter Bush’s imperialism. If Saudi & Qatar are among the sponsors of ISIS, how does this make sense? Israel is quietly involved, as usual. Some would argue Assad is more convenient for Israel, Saudi and other Arab governments – others would argue otherwise, that Assad is the anti-imperialist, anti-destabilizing force. A third perspective is that all the alternatives are culpable in tyranny, marginalizing the moderate voices of the Middle East, voices that would echo the common human qualities of freedom, dignity and fulfillment. Alliances are forged and broken within minutes in politics – what is constant is motive; which is the security of ‘arbitrary’ power. Who stands on the side of justice, and not just on vague, pretentiously ambitious political concepts?

Iran & the West: The Showdown Continues


Instead of intensifying relations with Iran, perhaps the U.S. could focus its attention on more pressing foreign policy issues, like withdrawing troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Many U.S. public officials – mainly Republican – have attacked Obama for being too soft on Iran. If we wait too long, they say, Iran may obtain nuclear weapons, which would threaten the U.S.’s closest allies, namely Israel, and its most precious interests in the region.

The U.S. should keep in mind however that nations like Israel, Pakistan, India, China & Russia flaunt their own lavish assortment of nuclear weapons, ones they’ve been harboring for years.

What is rather odd is that a nuclear-armed Pakistan seems much more threatening to international security than a nuclear Iran, considering the fact that most terrorists are trained in Pakistan.

But for Iran, a nuclear Israel is the real threat.

According to recent news in the Gulf, Iran is threatening to blockade the Strait of Hormuz, a major trade route in the Persian Gulf.

Recently, a U.S. aircraft carrier made its way into the Strait in response to threats by Iran to initiate the blockade.

According to an article by Farhad Pouladi from the AFP international news agency,  the Iranian government is ‘unconcerned’ about an oil ban implemented by the EU (link here: Iran ‘unconcerned’ about imminent EU oil ban).

According to an article by Reuters, economic sanctions on Iran have had adverse effects on the well being of the people. The price of staple foods has increased by 40% in recent months.

The idea is – I assume – that the Iranian people will grow so intolerant of their government that they will rise against it, but is that necessarily going to happen? Currently, the average Iranian is suffering, and the Iranian government is only growing more ‘bellicose’.

Furthermore, an oil embargo may further weaken the European economy as it struggles to dig itself out of a horrible economic crisis. Can the EU handle any more weight?

Ultimately, the question is whether the Iranian people are supportive of their government – or at least its position on the West – or not.

There is a chance that the Iranian people will rally around their government, and at a time when the West is trying to cripple the Iranian state, the prospect of a unified nation isn’t exactly a work in progress.