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We should support Assad and the Syrian Arab Army

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Submitted by CG (United States), Jun 17, 2015 at 01:01

Sir, I disagree with your analysis. There is only Assad and the Syrian Arab Army versus the terrorists. There are no moderates and this is something the West needs to understand. I believe Assad and Russia are the only forces fighting terrorism. Iran is also the least of our problems. I rarely hear about a Persian or any Shia guy coming here and committing acts of terrorism. The only people who seem to want us to go to war with Iran are hard core Zionists who are mad at Iranian supported Israeli resistant groups such as Lebanon's Hezbollah. The bottom line is we will gain nothing by taking down Assad aside from turning the country into a haven for Sunni extremists. Assad brought Syria out of a recession and into the 20th century. Many of the people (including Christians and Alawi) have supported him.

Ask any Assyrian or Arab Christian in the USA who they support. Syria with Assad is a Syria where there is respect for religious freedom.

I believe many of these chemical attacks are done by the terrorists in an attempt to frame Assad so the West will go and help the rebels aka ISIS, Al Nusra, and their sympathizers. These groups are mad at Assad for not being a religious zealot and for taking measures to stop extremism such as banning the niqab. BTW, most women in the country support Assad as well. I, myself will support him until the day I die! The USA should build an alliance with him and Russia to stop terrorism and control these groups. They will not stop until every country is like Saudi Arabia or Pakistan where nobody has rights aside from Sunnis. Also, look at what happened to Egypt after Mubarak. Syria does not need a group like the Muslim Brotherhood running the country. However, I don't just support Assad because I believe he is a lesser evil. I genuinely believe he is a good man. He has kept in touch with all Western media. The Sunni extremists who oppose Assad are the same ones who adore Saddam even after his death. Saddam continues to be a cult figure for the Sunnis.

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Iran is the least of our problems? No, it's the greatest of our problems at the moment, given its nuclear program.

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