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Over the past week, eastern Aleppo was completely brought back under control of the Syrian government. The population began to return to its homes, many of which were abandoned when al-Qaeda-linked rebels took over in 2012. As far as I know, the western mainstream media did not have a single reporter on the ground in Aleppo, but relied on “activists” to inform us that the Syrian army was massacring the civilian population. It hardly makes sense for an army to fight and defeat armed rebels just so it can go in and murder unarmed civilians, but then again not much mainstream reporting on the tragedy in Syria has made sense.

I spoke to one western journalist last week who actually did report from Aleppo and she painted a very different picture of what was going on there. She conducted video interviews with dozens of local residents and they told of being held hostage and starved by the “rebels,” many of whom were using US-supplied weapons supposed to go to “moderates.”

We cannot be sure what exactly is happening in Aleppo, but we do know a few things about what happened in Syria over the past five years. This was no popular uprising to overthrow a dictator and bring in democracy. From the moment President Obama declared “Assad must go” and approved sending in weapons, it was obvious this was a foreign-sponsored regime change operation that used foreign fighters against Syrian government forces. If the Syrian people really opposed Assad, there is no way he could have survived five years of attack from foreigners and his own people.

Recently we heard that the CIA and Hillary Clinton believe that the Russians are behind leaked Democratic National Committee documents, and that the leaks were meant to influence the US presidential election in Donald Trump’s favor. These are the same people who for the past five years have been behind the violent overthrow of the Syrian government, which has cost the lives of hundreds of thousands. Isn’t supporting violent overthrow to influence who runs a country even worse than leaking documents? Is it OK when we do it? Why? Because we are the most powerful country?

We are a country sitting on $20 trillion in debt, living far beyond our means. Power can oftentimes be an illusion, and in any case it doesn’t last forever. We can be sure that the example we set while we are the most powerful country will be followed by those who may one day take our place. The hypocrisy of our political leaders who say one thing and do another does not go unnoticed.

We should end that hypocrisy starting with Syria. That government, along with its allies, seems to be on track to take their country back from ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other terrorist groups. The only sensible Syria policy is for the US to stop trying to overthrow their government, to treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves. It is a rule that is always good to remember, but perhaps especially important to recall at this time of year.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
 
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  2. More common sense from a great public servant. Unlike many of his colleagues in Washington, Dr. Paul has a functioning moral barometer. It’s way past time time for Zio-America to end its campaigns of intervention, sabotage and destabilization and come home. Why not focus on improving living standards here? Empire-building must end.

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  3. Paul is a fool if he thinks Assad’s police state and large professionally officered army with heavy weapons and air support was overthrown by a foreign intervention. Assad is bombing the rebel s with helicopters ; how can anyone believe they have meaningful US help like the anti Soviets rebels in Afghanistan (ie Stingers).

    No, like Egypt, Libya, Tunisia ect this started as a popular uprising. Assad fought back with esculating violence until the army was being used and then even that was not enough. While foreign intervention there has indeed been, it was on both sides, and Assad had his full share. The majority of Syrians are not willing to fight for Assad, that is why he has Iraqi, Iranian , Lebanese, Afghan and Iranian units doing the fighting . The Russians, what right have they to be bombing Syrian cities without air defences (and thus clearly lacking meaningful foreign support)?

    Arguments like paul’s in this post going to give 10 million Syrians all the excuse they need (I imagine many Syrians would prefer to live in Germany anyway) to head for Europe and ridiculous claims that the Syrian civil war is a creation of the US foisted on Assad loving Sunni Syrians who want to be governed by a clique of Alawites masquerading as the Baathist party till the crack of doom is opening the door to mass migration in the guise of refugees.

    The Syrian war should be declared a stalemate and new statelets created so the sides can stop fighting. However if the Russians try to keep going them a little military pressure will soon disabuse them of what US weapons and support can do.

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    So you're predicting that the number of refugees from Syria will increase as Assad regains control of the country? Let's hold you to that. I won't ask you to revisit all your questionable assertions about what really happened in Syria over the past five years, since I'm sure you're not interested in questioning your sources. But you've made a strong prediction now and can't get away from it.
    , @Mao Cheng Ji
    You know, anti-aircraft weapons is a small insignificant detail. The main, most powerful weapon of western imperialism is exactly what you're doing here: framing this conflict as sectarian or ethnic. Divide and rule, the oldest trick in the book.

    In fact, 60-70% of the Syrian army are Sunni Muslims. In reality, this is a conflict between the secular Syrian government, and sectarian madmen organized and armed by western powers, sometimes directly, but mostly via their Saudi helpers. Simple as that.

    Here, read this, by Nassim Taleb:
    https://medium.com/opacity/the-syrian-war-condensed-a-more-rigorous-way-to-look-at-the-conflict-f841404c3b1d
  4. @Sean
    Paul is a fool if he thinks Assad's police state and large professionally officered army with heavy weapons and air support was overthrown by a foreign intervention. Assad is bombing the rebel s with helicopters ; how can anyone believe they have meaningful US help like the anti Soviets rebels in Afghanistan (ie Stingers).

    No, like Egypt, Libya, Tunisia ect this started as a popular uprising. Assad fought back with esculating violence until the army was being used and then even that was not enough. While foreign intervention there has indeed been, it was on both sides, and Assad had his full share. The majority of Syrians are not willing to fight for Assad, that is why he has Iraqi, Iranian , Lebanese, Afghan and Iranian units doing the fighting . The Russians, what right have they to be bombing Syrian cities without air defences (and thus clearly lacking meaningful foreign support)?

    Arguments like paul's in this post going to give 10 million Syrians all the excuse they need (I imagine many Syrians would prefer to live in Germany anyway) to head for Europe and ridiculous claims that the Syrian civil war is a creation of the US foisted on Assad loving Sunni Syrians who want to be governed by a clique of Alawites masquerading as the Baathist party till the crack of doom is opening the door to mass migration in the guise of refugees.


    The Syrian war should be declared a stalemate and new statelets created so the sides can stop fighting. However if the Russians try to keep going them a little military pressure will soon disabuse them of what US weapons and support can do.

    So you’re predicting that the number of refugees from Syria will increase as Assad regains control of the country? Let’s hold you to that. I won’t ask you to revisit all your questionable assertions about what really happened in Syria over the past five years, since I’m sure you’re not interested in questioning your sources. But you’ve made a strong prediction now and can’t get away from it.

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  5. @Sean
    Paul is a fool if he thinks Assad's police state and large professionally officered army with heavy weapons and air support was overthrown by a foreign intervention. Assad is bombing the rebel s with helicopters ; how can anyone believe they have meaningful US help like the anti Soviets rebels in Afghanistan (ie Stingers).

    No, like Egypt, Libya, Tunisia ect this started as a popular uprising. Assad fought back with esculating violence until the army was being used and then even that was not enough. While foreign intervention there has indeed been, it was on both sides, and Assad had his full share. The majority of Syrians are not willing to fight for Assad, that is why he has Iraqi, Iranian , Lebanese, Afghan and Iranian units doing the fighting . The Russians, what right have they to be bombing Syrian cities without air defences (and thus clearly lacking meaningful foreign support)?

    Arguments like paul's in this post going to give 10 million Syrians all the excuse they need (I imagine many Syrians would prefer to live in Germany anyway) to head for Europe and ridiculous claims that the Syrian civil war is a creation of the US foisted on Assad loving Sunni Syrians who want to be governed by a clique of Alawites masquerading as the Baathist party till the crack of doom is opening the door to mass migration in the guise of refugees.


    The Syrian war should be declared a stalemate and new statelets created so the sides can stop fighting. However if the Russians try to keep going them a little military pressure will soon disabuse them of what US weapons and support can do.

    You know, anti-aircraft weapons is a small insignificant detail. The main, most powerful weapon of western imperialism is exactly what you’re doing here: framing this conflict as sectarian or ethnic. Divide and rule, the oldest trick in the book.

    In fact, 60-70% of the Syrian army are Sunni Muslims. In reality, this is a conflict between the secular Syrian government, and sectarian madmen organized and armed by western powers, sometimes directly, but mostly via their Saudi helpers. Simple as that.

    Here, read this, by Nassim Taleb:

    https://medium.com/opacity/the-syrian-war-condensed-a-more-rigorous-way-to-look-at-the-conflict-f841404c3b1d

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    • Replies: @Sean
    Taleb says:-

    Counter-insurgencies (Army vs insurgents/terrorists, etc.) command a much higher rate of civilian casualties regardless of whether the army belongs to a liberal democracy or an autocracy.
     
    Assad will have no option but to root out the rebels by means of mass murder sweeps in the population of the newly conquered territory. He will obviously prefer to get them to leave. It's like that Guatemalan general said: you kill a third, force a third to flee the country and provide development for the pacified remnants. This is coming to every part of the country now and the inhabitants will head for Europe, wouldn't you?

    The only sensible Syria policy is for the US to stop trying to overthrow their government, to treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves. It is a rule that is always good to remember, but perhaps especially important to recall at this time of year.

     

    Application of the golden rule is going to hand several million Syrians golden tickets.

    In reality, this is a conflict between the secular Syrian government, and sectarian madmen organized and armed by western powers, sometimes directly, but mostly via their Saudi helpers. Simple as that.
     
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3692184/Cologne-New-Year-s-Eve-attack-victim-pregnant-raped.html

    Trump will not let the Russians make a fool of him, his response: You're Fired!

  6. @Mao Cheng Ji
    You know, anti-aircraft weapons is a small insignificant detail. The main, most powerful weapon of western imperialism is exactly what you're doing here: framing this conflict as sectarian or ethnic. Divide and rule, the oldest trick in the book.

    In fact, 60-70% of the Syrian army are Sunni Muslims. In reality, this is a conflict between the secular Syrian government, and sectarian madmen organized and armed by western powers, sometimes directly, but mostly via their Saudi helpers. Simple as that.

    Here, read this, by Nassim Taleb:
    https://medium.com/opacity/the-syrian-war-condensed-a-more-rigorous-way-to-look-at-the-conflict-f841404c3b1d

    Taleb says:-

    Counter-insurgencies (Army vs insurgents/terrorists, etc.) command a much higher rate of civilian casualties regardless of whether the army belongs to a liberal democracy or an autocracy.

    Assad will have no option but to root out the rebels by means of mass murder sweeps in the population of the newly conquered territory. He will obviously prefer to get them to leave. It’s like that Guatemalan general said: you kill a third, force a third to flee the country and provide development for the pacified remnants. This is coming to every part of the country now and the inhabitants will head for Europe, wouldn’t you?

    The only sensible Syria policy is for the US to stop trying to overthrow their government, to treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves. It is a rule that is always good to remember, but perhaps especially important to recall at this time of year.

    Application of the golden rule is going to hand several million Syrians golden tickets.

    In reality, this is a conflict between the secular Syrian government, and sectarian madmen organized and armed by western powers, sometimes directly, but mostly via their Saudi helpers. Simple as that.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3692184/Cologne-New-Year-s-Eve-attack-victim-pregnant-raped.html

    Trump will not let the Russians make a fool of him, his response: You’re Fired!

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    • Replies: @Mao Cheng Ji

    Assad will have no option but to root out the rebels by means of mass murder sweeps in the population of the newly conquered territory.
     
    Actually, it's the liberated territory. And far from any imaginary mass murders, what the Syrian govt has done so far is catching and releasing anti-govt combatants while even allowing them to keep their light arms. Nothing could be farther from mass murders, and I don't think I've heard of such gentle treatment of any anti-govt combatants anywhere.
  7. @Sean
    Taleb says:-

    Counter-insurgencies (Army vs insurgents/terrorists, etc.) command a much higher rate of civilian casualties regardless of whether the army belongs to a liberal democracy or an autocracy.
     
    Assad will have no option but to root out the rebels by means of mass murder sweeps in the population of the newly conquered territory. He will obviously prefer to get them to leave. It's like that Guatemalan general said: you kill a third, force a third to flee the country and provide development for the pacified remnants. This is coming to every part of the country now and the inhabitants will head for Europe, wouldn't you?

    The only sensible Syria policy is for the US to stop trying to overthrow their government, to treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves. It is a rule that is always good to remember, but perhaps especially important to recall at this time of year.

     

    Application of the golden rule is going to hand several million Syrians golden tickets.

    In reality, this is a conflict between the secular Syrian government, and sectarian madmen organized and armed by western powers, sometimes directly, but mostly via their Saudi helpers. Simple as that.
     
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3692184/Cologne-New-Year-s-Eve-attack-victim-pregnant-raped.html

    Trump will not let the Russians make a fool of him, his response: You're Fired!

    Assad will have no option but to root out the rebels by means of mass murder sweeps in the population of the newly conquered territory.

    Actually, it’s the liberated territory. And far from any imaginary mass murders, what the Syrian govt has done so far is catching and releasing anti-govt combatants while even allowing them to keep their light arms. Nothing could be farther from mass murders, and I don’t think I’ve heard of such gentle treatment of any anti-govt combatants anywhere.

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    ... the Syrian govt has done so far is catching and releasing anti-govt combatants while even allowing them to keep their light arms. Nothing could be farther from mass murders,
     
    Hardly evidence that the Assad regime expects the captured rebels they release to stay in Syria, or is that just my suspicious mind?
  8. @Mao Cheng Ji

    Assad will have no option but to root out the rebels by means of mass murder sweeps in the population of the newly conquered territory.
     
    Actually, it's the liberated territory. And far from any imaginary mass murders, what the Syrian govt has done so far is catching and releasing anti-govt combatants while even allowing them to keep their light arms. Nothing could be farther from mass murders, and I don't think I've heard of such gentle treatment of any anti-govt combatants anywhere.

    … the Syrian govt has done so far is catching and releasing anti-govt combatants while even allowing them to keep their light arms. Nothing could be farther from mass murders,

    Hardly evidence that the Assad regime expects the captured rebels they release to stay in Syria, or is that just my suspicious mind?

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  9. The only sensible Syria policy is for the US to stop trying to overthrow their government, to treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves. It is a rule that is always good to remember, but perhaps especially important to recall at this time of year.

    Syria is in the same boat as most other middle east countries now that oil has been found in the Golan Heights. No peace is possible with Israel and the consortium of American ghouls: Cheney, Murdoch, Summers, Richardson, all determined to own it.

    http://robertmagill.wordpress.com

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