What if all the world’s clergy resign?

5 07 2013

The question is what if Pope Francis, Sheik Ahmed El-Tayyeb, Archbishop of Canterbury, Ayatollah Ali Khameni, Rabbi Shmauel Eliyahu Israel’s Chief Sephardic rabbi, or Rabbi Yona Metzger, Israel’s Chief Ashkanazi rabbi, or the likes of Rev. Pat Roberston, or Rev. Franklin Graham, or even Rev, John Hagee all resign and quite. What will happen to the people and the world?

Special Note: Some weeks ago, my friend Mr. Nazek Dhmra forwarded to me an very interesting email he got and I thought I share it with you. The original in Arabic was written by Mr. Asharaf N. Younes. I took the liberty to translate it, edit it and added to it.

No doubt religious clergy of all faiths play an important role in the lives of many and in these days. Too bad the message we hear from so many is not so kind, far, far from the true message, in inciting hate, anger, sectarianism, even inciting murder.

Here is Mr. Younes with some input from me.

I knew this week’s news of the resignation of the Pope in fact I did not care much about the news. However I wondered in my mind, perhaps wishful thinking and hope that all of the clergy in the whole world follow the example of the Pope and call it quite, saving themselves as us the agony of their leadership. I imagined and wondered what will happen to the world if all clergy in the world resign and quit.? :

Will the global stock markets collapse? Answer: Of course not.
Do we stop the movement and air travel and operation of the airports around the world? Answer: Of course not.

Do we stop the all construction and productions around the world? ? Answer: Of course not.
Do we stop the movement of scientific research and invention in the world? Answer: Of course not.

Do we stop the movement of trains in the world? ? Answer: Of course not.
Do you stop the Internet? Answer: Of course not
Do we drop the English Premier League? Answer: Of course not.

Do we stop Messi scoring for Barcelona? Answer: Of course not
Will factories stop working around the world? Answer: Of course not
Will China cease its efforts to conquer the world with its products? Answer: Of course not.

Will America naval fleets stop movement of ships on the high the seas and oceans of the world? Answer: Of course not
Will farmers around the world stop farming? Answer: Of course not.
Do we stop schools and universities from teaching students? Answer: Of course not.

Will women will stop bearing children? Answer: Of course not
Will religions of the world come to an end ? Answer: Of course not
Will we those who call our self believers stop believing in prayer and stop praying to the Creator? Answer: Of course not.

Without winding rotation Do not stop any activity that is useful to mankind if all the clergy resigned in the world? Answer: Of course not
Do humans need a broker or a broker or agent between them and their Creator? Answer: Of course not.

So what will happens if all the clergy resigned in the world?
Perhaps we stop killing in the name of religion? The answer: Of course yes.
Will we stop hatred among the people because of the different religions? The answer: Of course yes.

Do we stop people from wearing explosive belts to kill themselves and kill others? The answer: Of course yes.
Will others stop inciting hate and racism and Islamophobia, Perhaps yes.
Do we stop these fools from fleecing us every Sunday during their sermons making us living on hope while they live on our cash, Of course yes.

Do we stop sexual assaults on children in churches, yashivas and madrasa answer: Of course yes.
Do we put this mafia out of business and stop them from distributing tickets to enter heaven and hell? The answer: Of course yes.

Will humans begin to use their minds more? The answer: Of course yes
Do will stop getting “canned” answered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday ? The answer: Of course yes.

Will be stop mixing religion and politics? The answer: Of course yes
Will we stop some of the clergy from the use of religion to reach power and richness? The answer: Of course yes.

Will we stop interpreting natural disaster as that the wrath of God? As if God created human beings in order to punish them in this world before the Hereafter? The answer: Of course yes

Finally, I say to all the clergy: Do we need you as mediators to bring us closer to God or to know us God. I do not think so.

Just imagine, if people ( not Jews and Muslims or Christians) get together in Palestine/Israel. Imagine if the Buddhists in Burma see the Rohingya as people. Imagine if there is no war on Islam and no Jihadists and Takfiris. Imagine the peace around the world. Let us imagine, such a world.

Peace and blessing on all mankind.


Egypt Unfit to Lead

3 07 2013

Any one who thinks Egypt is ready to lead the Arab world has to think twice. The coming hours will show once again that Egypt political leadership whether Muslim Brothers or “secular nationalists” are unfit to lead and manage a country in transition.

The late Gamal Abdul Nasser was the closet thing to come to an Arab leader. He was charismatic, mesmerizing in his speeches, uniting Arabs from the Atlantic to the Gulf with his vision of Pan Arabism. A vision and practice that proved a total disaster.

Despite Nasser’s rhetoric of promoting revolutionary changes in the Arab world and the transformation of the country’s rural society, he failed to address the urgent needs of the Egyptian people for freedom and liberty and true comprehensive political reforms that empower the people and not only the “effendi” and military officers. Instead, he transformed Egypt from a corrupt monarchy with ruling elites to a military dictatorship and police state. Nasser rule brought an end to intellectual discussions and debates on liberal democracies and visions of a new state. And that debate never took off again during Sadat or Mubarak regimes.

Nasser failure to transform the political, economic and social systems in Egypt into a working model for other Arab countries to follow paved the way for other Arab dictatorships to take hold across the Arab world. Although Nasser rhetoric certainly contributed to the toppling of longstanding regimes in Libya, Iraq, Yemen, and even Syria, the new leaders that replaced them also transformed these countries into military dictatorships and police states.

Nasser institutionalized the role of the military and empowerment of the one party state (Arab Socialist Union). Nasser, much like his successors, never allowed for the emergence of political and intellectual diversity in Egypt for fear that such leadership may form a danger and a challenge to their leadership. Nasser was reliant on a group of military officers who were ill trained and unqualified to manage the significant problems of failing transportation, housing, health services, food production and distribution, standards of living, and poverty challenges that Egypt was facing and continue to face some 60 years later.

Nasser did initiate the industrialization of Egypt, a process started with Mohammed Ali (1769-1849) the Albanian who ruled and started the dynasty Nasser ended. Mohammed Ali was truly the father of modern day Egypt. Nasser’s political, industrial, even agrarian policies followed the Soviet model, which failed to uplift and improve the quality of life for citizen. The failure of these policies can still be seen today.

For example, Nasser’s rural reforms earned him the good will of millions of Egyptians who were “chattels” on the land. He ended “”Iqta,” the leasing of large tracks of land to the political and economic elite at the expense of Egypt’s rural poor, in place since the Mamluk Dynasty (1250-1517). Despite promises of greater prosperity for the country’s rural poor, his rural and agricultural reforms were ill conceived and badly implemented, resulting in the inability of rural farmers to sustain their needs from the small farms they gained under such land reforms. Rural Egypt became landscape of his regime’s failures in agrarian reforms.

Having failed to transform Egypt to a modern viable democracy marked by free elections, the establishment of diverse political parties, free assembly, free speech and independent judiciary, Nasser gave way for Anwar Sadat to become an absolute ruler. Sadat jailed thousands, and enabled the country’s elite to loot the country under his open policy of “Infitah” or “open door economic policy” that improvished millions of professionals and the middle class that had their hopes lifted from Nasser egalitarian educational reform.

Hosni Mubarak continued the trend of widening the income gap in Egypt and allowed his wife and sons to organize the looting of the country. Millions of Egyptians were impoverished, while the small elite became richer. Political reforms were stalled, and the rigging of elections was the standard and an accepted part of the political landscape. An independent judiciary was nowhere to be seen, corruption was everywhere, and the jailing and arresting of the opposition – mainly from the Muslim Brotherhood – became standard in Mubarak’s Egypt.

After 30 years of oppressive rule and years of mass disenfranchisement by successive Egyptian regimes, a revolution of anger and resentment fueled the people’s courage to face the Mubarak regime’s brutal oppression on the streets.

Contrary to the many revolutions (Russia, France, US, Czechoslovakia among others) that were lead by intellectuals and free thinkers, The Egyptian Uprising was lead by young energetic committed people and mostly secularist Egyptians who wanted a fair share in the country’s political life, free from oppression and corruption. Neither the Muslim Brotherhood nor the present Salvation Front leadership (exception Ayman Nour) was present in the front lines facing Mubarak police and thugs.

Only when it became clear Mubarak regime had no chance did the likes of the Muslim Brotherhood and the leaders of Salvation Front join the revolution. The thousands who died in the protests did not die for the Brotherhood or for Amr Musa or Hamdeen Sbahi. They died for Egypt.

The result of the police state institutionalized by Nasser is what we see today. Egypt never had credible political leadership with a vision for the future; a future based on social justice, fair, just and independent judicial system, equal opportunities for a quality life, free from the degrading poverty majority of Egyptians endured for centuries.

The Egyptian elites remain, with even the country’s intellectual and artistic elites lacking any connection to the millions of Egyptians living in absolute poverty and daily humiliation standing before breadline’s vegetable and meat stands. They enjoyed their private clubs, shopping sprees in Milan and Paris, being driven around Cairo in limousines, Mercedes Bens and MBWs, with a lack of awareness of the tens of millions who had to endure assault, robbery and crowded buses. They have to wait in the breadlines to get a few loafs of “paper bread.” Egypt has not changed much since Nasser further entrenched the hold that the country’s elite had on resources and political power.

Dr. Morsi and his Brothers failed to understand that his election has nothing to do with an “Islamic State” or a “Sharia.” It has every thing to do with addressing the urgent need for social justice, delivery of food to the table, improvement in public service, collection of garbage, and the delivery of health services. Morsi election’s has nothing to do with “Halal or Haram,” and it certainly had nothing to do with “Heaven and Hell” or with the “Believers and Infidels.” It was about a demand for the basic needs of the people oppressed for decades to be met.

Rather than build partnership and consensus, particularly among the young who borne the costs of the revolution, Dr. Morsi relied on his Brothers to divide the nation into believers and non-believers. And this is where he failed miserably. Rather than rely on the streets and the millions who voted for him, most of who were not Brothers, Dr. Morsi remained hostage to the “Murshid” and the powerful few within the Brothers. Dr. Morsi’s failing is what may cost him the presidency.

The Muslim Brotherhood failed to come up with a workable vision of the kind of state they want. Leaders of the Salvation Front failed to take a stand on the former regime and exonerated many of the same people who were responsible for the death and injury of thousands of Egyptians under the previous regime. The Salvation Front failure to distance itself, if not demand judicial justice for those who were killed and those who fleeced the country shows that the Salvation Front has no moral let alone political standing to lead the country. The failings of the Brothers in Egypt, will make it so difficult for them to rebuild any credibility to rule anywhere in the Arab world.

The issues facing the Arab world, especially the Arab Spring countries, are not ideological in nature. They are political issues that have to do with rights of citizenship, bread, jobs, health care, decent education, vocational training, equal opportunities, delivery of basic services such as clean water, electricity and treatment of sewage and above all, freedom from arbitrary arrests and kangaroo courts.

It is a shame that the same Egypt that gave the Arab world great intellectual giants such as Taha Hussain, Abbas Mahmoud al-Aggad, Ahmed Lutfi al-Sayyid, Ahmed Amin, Salama Musa, Taufiq al-Hakim and Ali Abdallah Raziq has failed to realize its potential. The Egypt of the 21st century is no different from the Egypt of 20th or the 19th century. It is a shame for Egypt that the Brothers proved to be unfit to rule and the liberal “secularists” too cowardly to speak out and argue their case of an open democracy, with separation of religion from the state.

In the popular revolution that toppled Mubarak’s regime, Egyptian intellectuals and thinkers and artists were almost nowhere to be seen, with the exception of few the likes of Alaa al Aswany, Nawal el Sadawi. No one tried to give such a revolution a vision or trade mark that could transform it from a popular uprising to institutional building. No matter what happens next in Egypt, it is simply unfit to lead the Arab world.


Islam Defends Freedom of Thought

2 07 2013

Islam is a religion which provides and guarantees freedom of ideas, thought and life. It has issued commands to prevent and forbid tension, disputes, slander and even negative thinking among people. In the same way terrorism and all acts of violence are determinedly prohibited in Islam, even the slightest ideological pressure to be put on them is also forbidden:

There is no compulsion in religion. True guidance has become clearly distinct from error. (Surat al-Baqara, 256)

So remind them! You are only a reminder. You are not in control of them. (Surat al-Ghashiyya, 21-22)

Forcing people to believe in a religion or to adopt its forms of belief is completely contrary to the essence and spirit of Islamic morality. According to Islam, true faith is only possible with free will and freedom of conscience. Of course, Muslims can advise and encourage each other about the features of Qur’anic morality. All believers are charged with explaining Qur’anic morality to people in the nicest manner possible. They will explain the beauties of religion in the light of the verse, “Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair admonition…” (Surat an-Nahl, 125), however, they must also bear in mind the verse, “You are not responsible for their guidance, but God guides whoever He wills.” (Surat al-Baqara, 272)

They will never resort to compulsion, nor any kind of physical or psychological pressure. Neither will they use any worldly privilege to turn someone towards religion. When they receive a negative response to what they say, Muslims will reply along the lines of: “To you your religion, and to me, mine” (Surat al-Kafirun, 6)

The world we live in contains societies with all kinds of beliefs: Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, atheist, deist and even pagan. Muslims living in such a world must be  compassionate towards all beliefs they come up against, no matter what they may be, and behave forgivingly, justly and humanely. This responsibility placed on believers is to invite people to the beauty of the religion of God by means of peace and compassion. The decision whether or not to implement these truths, whether or not to believe, lies with the other party. Forcing that person to believe, or trying to impose anything on him, is a violation of Qur’anic morality. In fact, God issues a reminder to believers in the Qur’an:

If your Lord had willed, all the people on the earth would have believed. Do you think you can force people to be believers? (Surah Yunus, 99)

We know best what they say and you [O Muhammad] are not a compeller over them. But warn by the Qur’an whoever fears My warning. (Surah Qaf, 45)

A model of society in which people are forced to worship is completely contradictory to Islamic morality. Belief and worship should be directed to God by the free will of the individual. If a system imposes belief and worship on people, then they will act as if they are religious out of fear of that system. This will mean the encouragement of hypocrisy and no Muslim would approve that. From the point of view of Islamic morality, what really counts is that religion should be lived for God’s good pleasure in an environment where peoples’ consciences are totally free.

The history of Islam is full of the compassionate and understanding practices of Muslim rulers who have respected all religions and built religious freedom with their own hands. For example, Thomas Arnold, a British missionary employed in the service of the Indian government, describes that Islamic morality favors freedom in these words:

“But of any organised attempt to force the acceptance of Islam on the non-Muslim population, or of any systematic persecution intended to stamp out the Christian religion, we hear nothing. Had the caliphs chosen to adopt either course of action, they might have swept away Christianity as easily as Ferdinand and Isabella drove Islam out of Spain, or Louis XIV made Protestantism penal in France, or the Jews were kept out of England for 350 years. The Eastern Churches in Asia were entirely cut off from communion with the rest of Christendom, throughout which no one would have been found to lift a finger on their behalf, as heretical communions. So that the very survival of these Churches to the present day is a strong proof of the generally tolerant attitude of the Muhammadan governments towards them.” 

 

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Qatar, the New Arabs.

29 06 2013

The transfer of power from Sheik Hamad to his crown prince Sheik Tamim last week marks the first time in modern history perhaps in the entire history of Arab monarchies when a sitting Amir, Caliphate, a king, or president for life, stepped down and handed over the reign of power to his son.

A transfer of power took place, not under threat of a military coupe, not under the threat of bad health, certainly not under the threat of a revolting ruling family or under massive street uprising. Sheik Hamad planned this entire hand over, not three months ago, but three years ago, choosing the time and the place for such an orderly transfer of power from one generation to another. Qatar is setting the future for the New Arabs.

Such a move is not only surprising but unknown and certainly set a precedent in the Arab world even when ailing heads of states or presidents cling to power more than they cling to life, chose not to hand over power to a vice president, if they have one or to a crown prince. The Amir of Qatar broke the role. Who knows may be more Arab heads of states can take a note from such groundbreaking precedent, certainly a first.

Qatar these days is under lots of criticism mainly from “Arab nationalists” because of its role in support of the Syrian revolution and its supports of Arabs uprising against long term corrupting dictatorship. However such criticism goes beyond Qatar support for the Arab Spring. It is envy at best.

It goes to its smart, deliberate and well managed financial and investment policy and how it is emerging as the “smartest” among the Arab world. However the Qataris have to be very careful knowing America’s and western financial institutions long history of fraud, and fleecing foreign investors.

Those critical of the Qatar role in support of the Syrian revolution forget that Qatar was one of the largest investor in Syria and in support of Bashar regime; investments in major infrastructures far exceeding any investment by Iran, Bahsar key ally in his war against Syria and the Syrian people.

Bashar Assad angry at Aljazeera coverage of the Syrian uprising threatened Qatar with the loss of its more than $6 billions in Syria. Qatar chose the side of the people only after Assad sent his tanks and jets to bomb, kill and destroy, but not before.

The criticism for Qatar also goes beyond the Middle East and extend to France, where Qatar in recent years have invested more than $10 billions of dollars in France, buying prime real estate, manufacturing even sports. The investment in France is minor when compared to the $44 billions (2012) investment made by Qatar Investment Authority in counties like Germany, US, UK, Singapore, Switzerland, Malaysia, China including many Arab countries.

Such investments in France is so minor when compared to foreign investments made by countries like UK, Netherland, China, France and Germany in countries around the world, with the US receiving more than $ 2.26 Trillions in 2011, with UK leading the investors in the US with $441 billions, Japan with $289 billions, Dutch with $240 billions, Germany with $215 billions, Switzerland with $ 212 billions and Canada with $211 billions, France $ 199 Billions and Luxemburg with $190 billions. Only Arab investments become an issue.

In France, Qatar investment of few billions ruffled some feathers especially among some French journalists who believe that Qatar is using its investment to buy power and influence in France. Journalists Christian Chesnot and George Malbrunt recently published a book “ Qatar Les secrets due coffer-fort” or “ Qatar secrete safe” criticizing such investments as suspect. It is clear, when it comes to investments, Arab investments is always suspect, other investments are not, even drug money does not come under such scrutiny as Arab investments.

Many distracters are also speculating, even defaming Qatar emerging influence around the world way beyond its small size and locations with its over $200 billions sovereign funds, and its sponsorship of Aljazeera which is emerging, only in few years as the leading credible media and news network around the world with broadcasting centers in Kuala Lumpur, Doha, London and Washington and soon Aljazeera America.

Certainly Aljazeera is in a class of itself way ahead of many well-established media in news coverage, diversity of its program, and special and in-depth reports all without being a Fox News or CNN, with voices and opinions never allowed or heard in main stream media.

Qatar does not exercise its power and influence in creating problems rather to heal many of the regional conflicts, which caused so many innocent lives in Darfur, in Lebanon, in Palestine, and in Afghanistan. Qatar exercises its power and influence for the good.

Qatar is not the first ‘small city-state” to emerge as a powerful state with world influence. Paul Salem director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Doha compared Qatar to that of Venice during the European Renaissance. Qatar did not seek power and influence, it only filled a vacuum and there is nothing wrong with that. Indeed Qatar is a role model for the New Arabs.


There is No Compulsion Where Religion is Concerned

25 06 2013

No matter from which line of thought, religion, or nation people may come from, one of the most important requests of all people in our day is freedom. People remain healthy as long as they feel free in the corporal and mental sense, express themselves freely and live as they wish. A person who is taken under pressure in any realm of his life no sooner starts to lose his peace, joy and the capacity to produce. When one recalls the cold, joyless expression, and the dullness in the eyes of the majority of people in the Soviet Russia and China in recent history, one will once again remember how, in human life, it is important to think freely and lead a free life.

Freedom, which is an important part of human life and raises the quality of life, is a blessing granted by God to human beings. Some people who do not know the morality of religion, and especially Islam or obtain information from inaccurate sources and examples may harbor several prejudices and erroneous convictions about this subject. Though having no accuracy whatsoever, these people assume that Islam will limit their living spaces and freedom, take their thoughts under control and restrict arts and science. The fact is however that Islam is a religion that ensures all kinds of intellectual freedom as well as freedom of worship and expression, that takes all kinds of rights of people under protection and, more importantly, presents real freedom to people.

However, the following fact should be clear: God wishes ease, comfort, happiness and joy to people. God does not wrong people. The religion, which is the commandment of God, also shows people the way to the most peaceful, blissful, safest, highest quality, comfortable, and delightful life. There is no compulsion where religion is concerned. A person believes in God and lives by religion, by seeing God’s existence and oneness by using his conscience. Religion is an acceptance by the heart. If a person is obliged to live a religious life by force, then this person does not become devout and he simply becomes a hypocrite. As we are informed in the Qur’an, a hypocrite is someone who deserves God’s torment and whose place is at the bottom of Hell. Furthermore hypocrites not only give harm to themselves, with their insincere and tricky nature, but also they pose a threat for society as a whole.

Generating such a peril with one’s own hands, bringing hypocrites and a system of hypocrisy into being is something that Muslims would by no means wish. Every Muslim, as a requisite of the morality of the Qur’an, is responsible for showing people the true path, enjoining the good and forbidding the evil. But this never means to oblige others to think, live, act and dress like oneself. A Muslim shows the truth and leaves the choice to the person himself. This is the commandment God informs us in the Qur’an.

Along with this, a Muslim wishes all sorts of thoughts and beliefs to be freely expressed in the society. He respects the opinions, views and lives of others. He wishes the systems that are not in compliance with the morality of religion, and even irreligious, atheist ideologies and views to be explained, so that he can respond to them in the scientific and ideological sense. Prohibiting views and ideologies, taking them under pressure is not ease for a Muslim. On the contrary, this is a state that will make the communication of the religion difficult, and render the scientific struggle harder. In an environment where everyone can express their thoughts openly, religion develops easily and becomes even stronger.

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Syria; Losing the Revolution.

23 06 2013

Israel’s survival and security are always guaranteed by a very strong “offensive” army, unconditional military, economic and political support from the United States and Europe and more important from the presence of weak, corrupt, dictatorial Arab regimes and police states surrounding Israel. Assad’s Syria always provided that kind of security for Israel on its northern borders. So all of this talk about Syria’ being bastion of Arab nationalism and anti-Zionism is nothing but hogwash.

Bashar Assad knew this very well, when instead of seeking reasonable reforms that would transform Syria from a an Assad farm to a nation for all of its people decided instead to send tanks and planes to bomb and destroy Syria and the people’s uprising way before any one carried a gun.

Too bad for Syria and the Syrian people, the political opposition, a collections of a has been, want to be, washed out political and intellectual exiles, professors, rich Syrian exiles, failed to understand what is Assad Syria for Israel and Israel’s ally the US. It seems every one forgot that Assad Syria served as a “rendition” state, a torture contractor for America’s war on terror and never fired a single shot across the Golan Heights.

They made the fatal mistake of counting on America and its allies in the Arab Middle East to give the military support needed to topple Assad regime. They failed to understand that America will never ever support or sponsor “democracy” or true citizenship to Arabs, because democracy and free dynamic Arab citizenry will never accept to be “servants” of America’s imperialism and its unconditional support for criminal Apartheid Israel.

They also forgot that America refused to give to Saudi Arabia, its long time allies, the shoulder fired “stinger missiles” but gave it the Mujahideen.

How stupid of any one to think that the United States will allow any one to arm the Syrian military opposition with any weapon that may pose even the slightest military threat to an always-military superior Israel. Libya is too far to being a threat to Israel.

They failed to learn from Syrian recent history when Bashar’s father and uncle sent planes and tanks to level suppress the uprising in Hamah and level the city to the ground. Israel and the US will never allow strong vibrant a truly Arab democracy, or a military strong country to emerge anywhere on the borders of Israel, not in Jordan, not in Egypt, not in Lebanon, certainly not in Syria.

Equally troublesome is Syrian opposition failing to understand that Russia today is not Russian of drunken Yeltsin, but of Vladimir Putin, who believes and is committed to a Russia as world power, a powerful Russia that neither the US nor its allies in Western Europe can push around, and Syria is Russia’s high noon in Dodge City.

Now almost 3 years later and with over 100,000 dead and an almost totally destroyed Syria, Arab nationalists, anti-colonialists, liberals and Neocons, find themselves in the same bed with a dictatorial regime that rules Syria with an iron fist, killing tens of thousands, jailing hundreds of thousands without trial, looted the country, operating as a criminal enterprise, and falsely claiming the mantle of legitimacy and leadership to “Arab resistance and steadfastness” against imperialism, colonialism and Zionism.

The Syrian revolution was lost before it even began. It was lost because it relied on self serving Syrian hotchpotch self serving oppositions, not so different from the PLO minus Arafat, more interested in 5 stars hotels, hundreds of millions of dollars from generous donors. The Syrian revolution was lost by lack of well-coordinated military strategy and field operations. It began as an amateur revolution but miserably failed to transform itself into a well-coordinated military force. But of course it was no match for Bashar tanks, jets, scud missiles, the unwavering Russian military and political support, however and in all fairness it gave a good fight and proved Bashar’s Syrian Arab Army without Hezbollah is not even a fighting or winning force, with all of its tanks, jets and missiles.

The Syrian political opposition with so many “smart and intelligent” intellectuals failed to understand a simple political fact and reality. The United States will never, never allow the Syrian opposition to win, without first having a destroyed Syrian that will take generations to build and heal, as a favor to Israel.

But the most tragic and sad thing of all, the Syrian revolution was lost when the first Arab and Islamists “Takfiri Jihadists “ i.e Alnusra set foot on Syrian soil. Too bad Turkey with its presumed smart dynamic leadership failed to see the potential danger these criminal misfits, killers and murderers mercenaries would have on the Syrian uprising. These criminal Islamist mercenaries more than any other group not only killed, executed, committing horrific disgusting crimes, but they killed the Syrian uprising as well. Turkey may end up another Pakistan.

Turkey and Arab regimes that gave support to the Syrian uprising also failed to see and predict the potential danger these groups of Islamist criminals would have on the revolution, and more troublesome is the total failing of the Syrian political and military opposition failures to deal with these groups of criminal misfits, from day one. They should have stopped them at the borders and never allowed in. What a big stupid reckless mistake.

It seems that no one learned the lesson of Afghanistan, when Arab and Islamists mercenaries with suspect connections and sponsorship by the CIA joined forces with drug funded Mujahdieen that turned Afghanistan from a failing state to a failed state, where killing, murder and suicide bombings replaced building schools, clinics and roads.

Syria now, no thanks to any one, is not only destroyed but a country that no longer can claim to be “resistance and steadfastness” in face of Zionism. It is a country that can no longer give any credible support to Hezbollah that transformed itself from a truly Arab and Islamic resistance movement to a sectarian militia. Iran proved it is whether America likes it or not is a regional power to be reckoning with, and is a country that has the will power to stand by its allies in times of needs.


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