I am not certain if people will deem this worthy of a new thread but what the hell.
I'd like to think I'm not a stupid person and I try to keep abreast of world affairs. In fact I'd say I have a more informed view than many, (I don't
doubt for one minute many would disagree with that).
I try to keep up with developments in the Middle East but as we are all aware its a bit of a quagmire, not much is as it seems and there are many,
many internal and external factors at play.
But there's one thing I don't really get at all; why are 'The West' - primarily the UK and USA - so at odds with Assad and IS?
We've seen what happens when we remove these 'dictators' - just look at the mess left behind in both Iraq and Libya when Saddam and Gaddafi were
Why do we suppose it would be any different in Syria?
Who would benefit from such chaos?
Why is Putin so adamant in his defence of Assad and why are 'we' so anti-Assad?
And to my mind there's a much more immediate danger in the region in IS.
Surely it'd make more sense to unite and fight the common enemy?
A common enemy that poses a potential threat to world peace and not just a regional power.
I understand that neither Saddam, Gaddafi nor Assad are what we would call benevolent leaders but they all had certain attributes and provided
stability in the region.
I even agree that Saddam at least had to go - he was a barbaric tyrant who thought nothing about omitting horrendous acts of brutality on his own
But what we have left behind is far worse.
And there is a danger, or perhaps more accurately a likelihood, that current policies will leave even more of a #fest behind in Syria.
So could someone please, in simple layman's terms, explain why it seems there is such a different approach and attitude amongst the world superpowers
in their policies in Syria where it seems at times that it is more important to score points against each other in some sort of game of political
one-upmanship rather than uniting in defeating and eliminating a brutal and barbaric common enemy.
Then surely it would be possible to address the problems with Assad's government and reach some conciliatory agreement that would provide stability
and peace for the Syrian people and the region as a whole.
edit on 21/9/15 by Freeborn because: Typo in title