Syria – War in the Middle East……

17 Jun

‘In world politics there is no such thing as an enemy or ally.   There are no parameters by which we are able to define them.  Democratic or dictatorship, secular or theocracy, the political reaction appears to have no relationship to right and wrong, good and bad or, ultimately, human suffering.  So, what is going on……?’

Syria is like a black hole in the Middle East, with historical enemies bordering the event horizon.  If it behaves like its cosmological counterpart there will come a point of no return and all sides will be inevitably drawn in.  The ensuing conflict will destroy infrastructure, cost hundreds of thousands of lives and leave a political vacuum in its place……

Friend or Foe……

There are many places in the world which have seen conflict in the past several decades.  Some have been locked in ongoing battles that have seen immeasurable suffering; ethnic cleansing, rape, murder, starvation, displacement, the kidnap and conversion of children into soldiers.  Most, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, go unreported and with little intervention from the West other than a token humanitarian contribution, much of which is diverted by the perpetrators to their own ends.

A look at the track record of western governments demonstrates the point.  Rwanda, the Congo, Somalia, the list is endless.  When human suffering is at its worst the governments of the west pay little, if any, attention.  Disputes in the Middle East, however, attract more interest.

If you were a conspiracy theorist it may even appear to be the culmination of a plan.  The uprising spread anti-clockwise around the Mediterranean with military support from the west until it reached Syria; there it has been allowed to continue……

Enemies in Every Direction……

If you are in any doubt about the potential gravity of the situation, take a look at the map below.

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On its northern border there’s Turkey whose relationship with Syria could described as ‘strained’ at best.  However, since the beginning of the ‘civil war’ Turkey has ended diplomatic relations with Syria altogether.  Next there is Iraq; enemy of Syria and its ally, Iran.  To the south there is Jordan and to the west, Lebanon.   Although Jordan and Lebanon are friendly to each other, factions within them are vehement enemies of factions within Syria.  Israel is an historical enemy of Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Jordan and virtually every state in the region as well as remaining an occupying force in Palestine despite endless UN resolutions.

If one considers where the major ‘super powers’ from the East and West affiliations lay, the Syrian conflict could easily turn into a new cold war or even world war three……

Ancient History……

The present day Middle East has been through several phases over the past 3000 years.  None of the countries on a contemporary map existed.  It was the cradle of civilisation and whilst ‘Great’ Britain was in the time referred to as ‘The Dark Ages’, the East where contemplating philosophy, mathematics and astronomy.  The invention of religion has to take some of the blame for the current disputes as does the West which is largely responsible for drawing the borders within which sit the countries of The Middle East……

Solutions……

There are none.  But fuelling the fires of historical monotheistic disputes is not going to help.  It will ultimately lead to more death and destruction, and the only winners will be the Military Industrial Complex and the transfer of wealth to those who already have more than their fair share……

The unannounced arrival of a large asteroid or sudden reversal of the poles might help to focus mankind’s attention but in all probability they’ll just continue fighting over whose ‘god’ is responsible.  If you’re looking for intelligent life in the Universe, you won’t find any on Earth……

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