Syria, Aleppo and the Refugees in a Nutshell

Last night’s debate included a heated discussion on what to do with Aleppo.  This is a confusing topic.  The Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson has already had two ’Aleppo meltdowns’, so I am going to explain it simply to you.  Beware, it ends with another reason why you should not vote for Hillary Clinton.

First, Syria is an ally of Russia and has been since the Cold War days.  Syria is Russia’s counter to American influence in the Middle East and our ally, Israel.

Syria is nominally a republic with Bashar al-Assad as its president.  In reality, Assad is a dictator whose family has been in power since 1970.  However, Syria had been a stable dictatorship up until the Arab Spring of 2011.  Basically, if you did not openly oppose Assad and his regime, you could live your life in Syria.  It has a nominally free market economy that operates at a third world level, with copious amounts of graft and corruption that has made Assad and his party leaders rich.

Aleppo is an ancient city in northwest Syria.  It has traditionally had a substantial Christian population.  Aleppo was a major Christian city during the years of the crusaders.  It is now one of the centers of the opposition to the Assad government and a major theater of combat in the Syrian civil war.

So what caused the Syrian civil war?  You can trace it directly to the actions of Barack Obama and his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.  The Middle East nations had had generally stable governments when Obama assumed the presidency.  Although stable, most of these governments were not free and democratic.  Iraq’s dictator had been deposed by the American military and the country was subsequently stabilized after President Bush launched the surge in 2007 to wipe out muslim insurgents, including ISIS.

Obama was bent and determined to get American troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan.  The Iraqi prime minister al-Malaki was willing to negotiate a “status of forces” agreement with the Obama administration that would allow our troops to stay there.  However, al-Malaki wanted a commitment of a substantial number of American troops, while Obama only offered to keep between 2,000 and 3,000 troops in the country.  Without a significant American commitment, al-Malaki could not justify the political risk that his government would face for so little protection, so he declined to agree to Obama’s terms for the status of force agreement, and the American troops were withdrawn.  With the vacuum caused by our troop withdrawal, the once defeated ISIS came back and began its military conquest in Iraq and eventually, Syria.  This started the unrest in the neighboring muslim nations of the Middle East and north Africa.

The Arab Spring began in December 2010 in Tunisia.  The revolution toppled the Zine El Abidine Ben Ali presidency.  It quickly spread to Libya, which had been stably ruled by Muammar Gaddafi since 1969, until he was killed in October 2011.  In Egypt, the authoritarian but tolerant government of Hosni Mubarak was overthrown by the muslim Brotherhood, which began the oppression of non-sharia muslims and other religions began.  In Syria, protests also began that same year.

All of these revolutions were tacitly and implicitly supported by President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  It was the silent policy of the United States government to support regime change throughout the islamic world, knowing that the change agents were radical muslims.

In Syria the rebellion was initially led by anti-Assad elements.  Many of these fighters are in Aleppo.  However, the fighting was then joined by other groups of radical muslims and subsequently, by ISIS troops.  This wide ranging fighting has resulted in hundreds of thousands of refugees, as the war spreads throughout the country.

The Russian military has joined the fighting on the side of their ally Assad.  Their interests are not in ending the ISIS threat.  Their goal is to preserve Assad’s government. To that end, the Russians are bombing both ISIS, which looks to take over Syria and make it part of their ’caliphate’, and the other rebels opposing Assad’s rule.  This has led to the bombing campaign against the rebels in Aleppo, with all of the pitiful pictures of bombed out hospitals and dying children.

Both Obama and Clinton want to bring these Syrian refugees into our country; a refugee problem that they caused.  However, Homeland Security itself has said that there is no way to do background checks on these refugees because what records that have not been destroyed are in the hands of Russia’s ally, the Assad government and they are not going to give us access to them.  So, in practicality, it is not possible to tell a victim from a terrorist when we bring them into our towns.  This poses an unacceptable risk to our children, our spouses and ourselves.

And it is Obama’s and Clinton’s fault.

Remember this when you vote on November 8th.

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