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Opposing Assad in Syria is a Cover for Opposing the Alawite - a Big Mistake

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Submitted by Robert (United States), Apr 6, 2016 at 13:33

Dear Daniel Pipes,

You have written a wonderfully informative article here regarding Syria. Anyone who appreciates it should not oppose Assad. Doing so merely opens the door to the Islamism that will take its place.

Of all Muslim sects, this one is the most susceptible to Sunni hatred, as all the Fatwas against it attest. Although Iran is defending Assad, it is doing so for sheer opportunistic reasons, no different than supporting Hamas, or the Palestinians under the color of anti-Zionism and opposing the "Israeli entity."

The American opposition to Assad under Obama is a naïve idealistic view regarding Human Rights in a place where the alternative is Daeish/ISIS/ISIL.

Ultimately, the wine-drinking deifiers of Ali are Israel's natural allies in the troubled Middle East.

The corrects Strategic approach (Metternick-Bismark-Kissinger) is to get Syria under Assad to move away from Iran; that is already possible because Russia under Putin is now much more on its side.

Again, opposing Assad under Obama is only opening the door for ISIS; I do not believe the is any such thing as a Moderate Islamic alternative; I'm reminded of our Vietnam War Era when the United States tried it hardest to create a non-Communist alterative to the Vietcong; we only succeeded in producing a corrupt regime which collapsed immediately upon our withdrawal.

Attempts to create Peace without Assad is only going to produce another disaster not different from Iraq after the hanging of dictator Saddam Hossain, or Libya after brutal murder of dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Here is (below) a typical misunderstanding of the Sunni hatred of the Alawi minority which is represented and protected only by Assad.
(If only more people would read your article here perhaps one would understand the error of removing Alawi Assad, and the greater immoral atrocities that that would entail when Sunni Islamism as a consequence prevails in Syria)

"Assad's master plan is working — and now he's entrenching himself even deeper" http://www.businessinsider.com/assad-fighting-isis-in-syria-2016-4

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I regret that you read this long-ago article as an apology for the Assad regime. It was and is not that. The Assads are, more than anyone else, responsible for the wretchedness of Syria and for its ghastly civil war. Nor do I see them as "natural allies" of Israel; quite the contrary, they have had to prove their Arab and Islamic credentials through anti-Zionism.

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