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October 24, 2016

Aleppo A Humanitarian Crisis

Ken Kellar

A video of a cute little boy being pulled from the rubble of a bombed building in Syria recently made the rounds.


Before you propose any U.S. government policy position based on that video, consider this. You’ve never seen the autopsy photos of the cute little American boy blown to shreds at the Boston Marathon by two formerly “cute little boys” brought to America by Muslim parents, and given free college.


As I view the news reports decrying the humanitarian crisis in Syria’s Aleppo, I first ask: Why is there a crisis? Simply put, people rebelled against their country and are suffering the consequences of failure. When the riots and protests started years ago, they were responded to by the dictator’s violence. The violence could have been stopped by stopping the protests. However, outsiders like President Barack Obama egged them on with moral support, a promise of a “red line” and, very possibly, material support.


What were they fighting for? That is far from clear. As we learned in Libya and Egypt, the fall of a dictator can very likely result in reduced liberty and increased misery.


When Egypt temporarily replaced the ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak with “democracy,” Muslim oppression was voted in. Luckily for almost all Egyptians, the military said “enough” and reclaimed power to check the democratically imposed Muslim tyranny. The restoration of a military dictatorship can actually be preferable to single-party Muslim democracy.


So, people are starving in Syria, and Americans are wringing their hands over what to do to help. Hillary Clinton’s solution is to bring them all here and put them on welfare. Donald Trump is fairly clear that any aid would occur overseas with “extreme vetting” allowing entrance to only those who can demonstrate the ability to accept and thrive in an American culture.


I think our self-hating “hand wringing” is premature. First, I did not encourage rebellion against Syrian President Bashar Hafez al-Assad. Secondly, and more importantly, I am unaware of any aid from Syria’s wealthy neighbors: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, etc. Why should I feel guilty about not demanding my country further increase the debt my children will bear when nations brimming with cash are not assisting?


Turkey has absorbed Syrian refugees while passing on most of them to Europe. Even in Muslim-dominated Turkey, the Syrians are not assimilating. The Syrians are uneducated and do not speak Turkish. They are ending up in cities where they are unemployable. Crime has risen dramatically in those cities. I received this information first-hand from Turkish friends, who have relatives living in Turkey who no longer walk freely in certain areas of their cities due to the Syrian influx.


It’s easy to demand the USA absorb the Syrians when one thinks our nation is infinitely large, strong and wealthy. Unfortunately, infinity is a mathematical fabrication, and our nation is beginning to struggle.


So, what could be done? Think of how our Civil War ended. General amnesty was granted to the Confederate soldiers. The U.S. and Russia could agree to jointly apply pressure on President Assad to offer amnesty to the rebels if they surrender and end hostilities.


Of course ISIS has entered the fray and cannot be treated with, so perhaps the amnesty might involve an oath against ISIS. The surrendered rebels will have lost their fight but regained peace, at least peace from their own government. Russia and the U.S. could monitor on the ground to contain any political retribution.


Now, I am not claiming the Assad regime is nirvana. I am proposing the end of hostilities would be a marked improvement for the children of Syria.


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