Looking in the Mirror

Judge Me, Judge Me Not

In early 2011, a conflict began in the beautiful historic country of Syria. Earlier that year there were many anti-government protests all across the Middle East and many think that the conflict in Syria is to be blamed on this and is the reaction of all the anti-government protests. The unemployment rate in this country, and Syria’s ruling dictator are all excuses for The United States encouraging wrath. Bashar Al Assad, president of Syria, took power of the country in 1970 and has ruled a lovely and civil country. Bashar Al Assad is a true Arab leader; he brought change to Syria, and transformed the country into a modern state from his father’s ways of ruling. He is well educated and 97% of the population even voted for him. (BIO True Story). So then, why all the sudden attention at the dictatorship in Syria, if it is not influenced by all the uprisings in the rest of the Arab countries; what could have mysteriously happened to spark so much heat? People can judge easily when they are looking in from the outside, but what they fail to see is how the people in the conflict of choice are feeling, is it not those who matter in the end? I continuously feel the heat from outsiders, many even from people in the same region only other countries, and what they inevitably fail to see and care about is that it should be no ones choice but the people whom of which are actually effected that have any say in how their country is run. I feel this judgment in multiple way every day, and this quite sudden wrath and judgment on my country and myself makes me feel like I have failed in some way.

Many presidents make a tremendous amount of promises before their reign and at the beginning of it, but the presidents who actually pull through with what they say are the ones who make a difference. As Al Assad said he wanted Syria to become more modernized, and his word was achieved by 2001, with “cell phones, satellite television, trendy restaurants and Internet cafes” (BIO True Story), Syria was certainly showing signs of becoming a modern society. A country housing 17 million people needed to bring all of its occupants into the 21st century, and that is exactly what Dr. Bashar Al Assad achieved. I always find a tremendous amount of humor when I see Syria on American news and TV, as it as portrayed as such a third world country. While it may be considered third world, what people fail to see is the life and societal similarities it holds with such a modern country as America.

It is no coincidence that the rest of the world, specifically the United States and Israel, is more riled up about the dictatorship than Syria itself is. This is because Syrian people are not as upset as news anchors in the USA say that they are. In fact, almost 100% of the minority in Syria (Christians and Alawi’s) are supportive of President Al Assad, and most of the majority (Sunni’s) are as well. Now as much as anyone does not want to get politics and religion intertwined with one another, the fact of the matter is that they go hand in hand, so it is both as relevant as it is important. I grew up being a Christian Syrian, and as I am a minority in America, I am still considered to be one in my own country. That sounds like a bad thing, and a lot of the time it is, however the main point is that the Syrian president is a part of the minority as well. Who better to run the country than someone who doesn’t only see the majority, but sees as well as understands the majority?

In 2007, the US general, as well as supreme allied general of NATO, General Wesley Clark said something that drew a lot of attention in one of his speeches: “We’re going to take out seven countries in 5 years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran”- these words that he spoke are words that he overheard someone saying in the Pentagon. (Chossudovsky) The deterioration of the Middle East has clearly been in the plan book for some time now, regardless of who the leader is.

With the effort of outside countries as mentioned before, the country is separating. There has become much conflict between each religion and unfortunately that is the exact weakness that Israel desires. They want Syria to fall apart with the accordance of its religious structure. Their goal is to separate Syria into different sections containing Shia and Alawi, multiple Sunni sections as this is the majority, and even Druze, notice that there is no place for Christianity here. This will guarantee “peace” and “security,” however certainly not for Syria, but for Israel. (Colbert Report). In doing this, they get all the religions of Syria, brothers and sisters and neighbors to fight against one another; divide and conquer.

There is a link between Lebanon, Iran and Syria. This link is made up Shia and Shia Alawi’s. Because the president, Bashar Al Assad is of the minority, he makes the ruling leaders majority part of this Shia link. If Israel succeeds in breaking Syria down and getting a Sunni president to reign, not only will it destroy all the minority religions in Syria, but also it will break the strong bridge that these three countries are standing on, which would not only destabilize Syria, but also farther destabilize Iran and even Lebanon. There is a lot of evidence to the uprising being started by people who are not actually Syrian, and there are even more reasons as to why Israel and America would want to do this. If the American government would quit lying and hiding the truth about what is going on, maybe people could actually see the truth or at least be able to make choices of their own instead of being forced into their opinions. Instead of being forced into thinking Syrians, into thinking that I, am a terrible person. The manipulation of the United States and Israel continues to triumph.

A military theorist and former Naval War College consultant Thomas P.M. Barnett proposed a thesis which soon after became the Pentagon’s new War Map; the thesis states that the primary division in the world today is between two sets of countries that he calls the Core and the Gap. The Core consists of advanced countries that play by the rules and are committed to globalization, which are regions such as Europe, North America, and Japan, plus countries that are committed to getting there: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and some others. The Gap is everyone else: a collection of disconnected, lawless, and dangerous countries such as Colombia, Pakistan, and North Korea, plus most of the Middle East and Africa (Wolfe). The Core is made up of those prosperous sovereign states, which have become integrated into a globalized economy. These countries typically feature a recognized government capable of enforcing the rule of law, which leaves the nations in the Gap to be typically either in a state of anarchy while factions struggle for control or under an oppressive government practicing strict cultural and economic isolationism. It is at the intersection of these two geographical regions where one should expect to see future conflicts (Wolfe). This is, of course, all decided by the United States who just decided it was their choice and call whether or not they approve of the way certain countries are being ran, regardless of how its civilians feels.

In his thesis, Barnett warns that in order for the Core to be safe, the Gap must be eliminated. He states that people who reside in the Core simply cannot live happily enjoying prosperity knowing about the problems going on in the Gap. Now why should this matter if each country and region is minding their business and going about their day-to-day lives? To each his own. Ever since World War II the American military action has confirmed all of this thesis in regards to the Gap; which only means from now and on over the next few decades the United States’ main task will be to shrink the Gap as much as they can and ultimately convert the entire world to the values of the Core.

There is an unspoken notion that America has the power to be correct under any given situation, even when their opinion is unsolicited. America continues to intervene when maybe that energy would be better off aimed towards fixing its own problems. What is it that makes America’s rendering on judgments acceptable? America has its own image for restarting the image of globalization after WWII and aims for “global connectivity” however who is to say that is not their way of convincing American citizens that their way is the right way as they tend to do in all situations.

America lit a spark in Syria and fused it with gasoline. If the Syrian citizens were upset with the way their ruler was ruling they would have spoken up themselves without interference from the USA. The United States claims to care about the well-being and freedom of the Syrians but they would not have intervened had it not benefited them. And they most certainly would not portray us as some uncivilized barbaric Neanderthals if that were so. America has already tried (and for the most part succeeded) to convince its citizens to support their invasions, the next step for them is to persuade the rest of the countries in the Core to take their side and help them in eliminating the Gap. And of course with that goes all the terrible people from the Gap, right?

America’s long-term plan to change the road map of the Middle East is all a part of the Pentagons War Map. They have already started their attempts to take over the Middle East and will be relentless in achieving a world with each and every country honoring the “core values” that the United States kindly pushes towards civilization. Because of this the Syrian uprising is more beneficial to America and is caused and influenced by the likes of the United States. Inevitably it results in people like me, being judged and hated by people for no reason at all other than being born into the “wrong” family.

Works Cited

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Chossudovsky, Michel, Prof. “Global Research.” Global Research. Global Research, 11 Feb. 2012. Web. 12 Mar. 2014.

Corbett. “Who Is Really Behind the Syrian War?” YouTube. YouTube, 30 Aug. 2013. Web. 12 Mar. 2014.

Wolfe, Timothy E., Captain. “DeAtkine | Divide and Perish: The Geopolitics of the Middle East.” DeAtkine | Divide and Perish: The Geopolitics of the Middle East. UNC, Aug. 2007. Web. 12 Mar. 2014.