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Obama is Wrong, Putin is Right, on Syria & Bashar al-Assad

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Submitted by Robert (United States), Apr 4, 2016 at 13:33

Having read this extremely interesting article (I also own your book on Greater Syria), it seems that our President Obama is too moralistic, and perhaps lack this in depth knowledge of Syria, and so he effectively sides with the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamist Turkey under Erdogan, the Saudis dominated Gulf States, and the Terrorists of Daesh/ISIS/ISIL.

The United States should not oppose the Alawite regime and continue to engage in regime-change from outside of the country.

Furthermore, besides a close study of Alawite history, as you present here, shows that the Alawites have suffered from centuries of persecution as a minority similar to that of the Jews, and more so among the dominate Sunni and Shia Muslims. Ultimately, it seems, that Israel, as well as Lebanon, can be its natural allies, and the United States should not side against the Alawites when the Turkey and Saudi Arabia are against them.

I think that our idealistic President is mistaken when he persists in the demand that Assad step down.

On a more humorous (but ultimately sad) level, consider the fact that these Alawite Muslims drink wine, and how beautifully Assad's wife dresses (no head covering whatsoever)!

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