I am not an evangelical, one. Two, I am not indifferent to the plight of the Christians, nor am I indifferent to the Muslims in the region. I am a pretty inclusive ‘pitier’ when it comes to the suffering masses.
Yes he did - he killed (and continues to kill) tens and tens of thousands of Sunnis. Not that he’s anything different from his father, who killed around 3-4k Sunnis yearly, with around 20-30k in the siege of Homs back in the 1980s.
But like the brilliant John Dolas pointed out, this is a prison-type situation where if you’re in the minority you don’t have the luxury of picking sides…
In fact I remember a Syrian Sunni colleague yelling, in the middle of an office argument, “I would rather have SHAYTAN ruling my country than Assad!” I’ve always wondered whether he still feels that way, now that he’s had a chance to see the heads stuck on poles in Raqqa. You want Shaytan, kid, sometimes you’re gonna get Shaytan.
The Alawites are likely to fight to the last boy or old man because they know very well there’ll be very little mercy for them if the Sunni win. Long before the current war started, graffiti in Sunni neighborhoods in Syria said, “Christians to Beirut, Alawi to the graveyard.” That wasn’t what you call “mere hyperbole,” either; when Sunni militias made it into Alawite territory in Latakia Province in 2013, they killed hundreds of civilians.
Even Alawites who hate Assad’s clan have joined up, because when you belong to a small hill sect in a sea of Sunni sectarians, you’re in a prison situation: stick with your own or die.
Fuckin please. Take a 12 second look at NK and REEEEALLY tell me this has anything to do with humanitarian concepts. If you genuinely cared you’d be called for the invasion of NK, as it makes Syria look like a playground.
But I’m not there, so I’m not straddled with bias and emotion. Tbh I couldn’t give a rats ass about what’s going on in Syria. You can’t fight all the world’s wrongs (and this is by far not even the worst). I’m not willing to ask Americans to die for someone else when it’s pure offense and no defense, but that’s just me.