Syria Falling Apart

Believe it or not, I don’t like seeing ANY country falling apart.

I don’t like seeing the Palestinians falling apart. I don’t like seeing Iran fall apart. I don’t want to see ANYONE fall  apart.

And, that goes for Syria.

Unfortunately, they’ve brought it on themselves, so there is a sense of poetic justice here. But, ‘poetic justice’ doesn’t feed a starving population, or bring men and women back from the dead.

Nor does it mean that any successful revolution in Syria will learn to be a good neighbor to those countries around them. Very few revolutions end up with benign governments, and I fear that this Syrian revolution will be but the first in a number of bloody revolts.

The good that is coming from this conflict is that Iranian influence in the region will be seriously blunted. The fall of the Assad regime will mean that Hezbollah will no longer be supplied through Syria. Palestinian terrorists will no longer have a safe haven in Damascus. And, maybe… just maybe… a regime might arise that would make peace with Israel.

You can dream, anyway.


Outside Syria’s capital, suburbs look like war zone

By REUTERS 01/26/2012

Residents say army lost control of many areas; monitors not allowed in restive suburbs; nervous soldiers patrol streets of Harasta.
Syrian soldiers at checkpoint in Harasta By REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

HARASTA, Syria – When Arab League observers headed to the suburbs of Damascus on Thursday, Syrian security refused to accompany them to most areas, because they are no longer in control there.

In some towns no more than a 15-minute drive from the capital, the governor of rural Damascus warned that gunmen were walking the streets.

But the monitors went, accompanied by journalists, to the outskirts of Irbin and Harasta, which have become hotbeds for protests and armed revolt since the 10-month uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad began.

At a checkpoint on an intersection heading into the town of Irbin, dozens of soldiers with assault rifles were deployed in full gear and on alert. On the sidewalk near them lay the bodies of two men shot dead, one of them a soldier.

But the soldiers were fixated nervously on the anti-Assad protest just hundreds of meters away, with protesters chanting “Allahu Akbar.” Most shops were closed and people gave the Arab League monitors suspicious looks.

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