So today, I read a take on Syria published by a highly-popular populist blogger who appeals to his readership mostly by bashing anything Americans do. He claims, "the US has destabilized Iraq and Syria" as folly-filled "nation building" exercises.
The body of the U.N. decreed that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad is likely guilty of major war crimes in his efforts to squash the Arab Spring uprising that spread to Syria. There is no way the coalition of the leaders of the Arab League, the United States, the European Union and Canada are ever going to let this guy stay in power after such a declaration.
Al-Assad's Ba'ath political party is Leninist communist. That is another strike against him and another impetus to topple his rule over Syria. Everyone has agreed communism is a failed totalitarian doctrine.
Syria is a jumble of people with competing beliefs. Most Syrians are ethnic Arab. They follow the Sunni branch of Islam.
However, Al-Assad and his dictatorial family are Alawites. Everyone but the Alawites see the Alawites as a false cult. Most Syrians see themselves being ruled by a communist, religious freak.
Sunni Muslims want Al-Assad gone. The U.S. Congress is willing to help.
A key to understanding the Middle East is this: Any leader or political party that supports peaceful co-existence with Israel gets to stay in power and gets to be among the favored nations in trade. Those who want Israel gone and Jews exterminated do not. If the military capability of the country is deemed weak and their leaders don't want peaceful co-existence with Israel, those leaders have been scheduled for regime change.
Years ago, Saudi Arabia was anointed the lead country of the Middle East and the Arab Muslim World. Slowly but surely the rivals of Saudi Arabians are being taken down with the help of the US Congress and law givers of EU member countries.
Syria is a conjured country created by French political leaders in the aftermath of World War Two. There was much fighting in Syria among the various factions until 1970 when Al-Assad came to power in a military coup. He aligned himself and Syria with the communist Soviet Union.
Like many countries conjured by the British and French political leaders after World War Two, Syria needs to break up into smaller countries that reflect the various people who live there. That is the same for Iraq with Kurds, Yazidis, Shia and Sunnis.
In non-secular countries, religious people can't seem to get along unless there is a central regime that brutally suppresses all other rival religions.
As Islamism is a political doctrine of totalitarianism that relies upon theistic rhetoric, the general problem of the Middle East has been the drawing of borders not along religious lines. Wherever you find competing religions in the Middle East, you find strife.
Most Syrians want to be free. Likely too, most Syrians would like their own country and to live among their own people with their own ways.
To be on the side of a brutal dictator like Bashar al-Assad is to be on the wrong side of history, regardless of whether or not you are a pacifist.
After googling, it seems Max Fisher of the Washington Post has alike views to me.