What is the common denominator between Assad, Saddam, Qaddafi, and the Mullahs in Iran?

They all killed and terrorized American citizens. 

With the exception of Iran, all have fallen, or about to fall, to the sword they drew and to the blood they spilled.

The Mullahs of Iran, the big prize, won’t last for long but not before Nasrallah pays a dear price for his terror against the Lebanese people.

Coincidence? Not really.

You will not hear any commentator or journalist frame this conclusion by attributing it to any intentional act. But everyone who lives inside the Beltway, no matter what his/her political affiliation is, knows that American blood does not spill in vain.

That is the difference between western civilization and the Muslim one (They are all shepherds and we are all sheep).

And with a near victory in Syria, we will make sure that Syrian blood did not spill in vain either.

I remember the high-fives of Assad, Ahmadinejad, and Nasrallah after learning of the US decision, towards the end of 2008, to withdraw its forces from Iraq.

I remember Assad almost skipping with joy for thinking he killed Americans with impunity with Iran and Hezbollah by his side.

I remember high-strung statements by all three mocking the United States, the White House, the US State Department, and the US Forces.

I remember how fear gripped the region and every statesman began a pilgrimage to Damascus to scurry favors with a not-so-bright man who believed he defeated the United States of America.

I remember the backtracking and the recalibration every politician in the region had to adjust to in this new scary world of terror and violence.

But what I remember the most were the Syrian dissidents thrown in jails to suffer the indignity of defeat and to watch Assad throw his gauntlet against every member of their immediate families.

The pre-Revolutionary Syria was gripped with fear that one’s fate now rests in the hands of a butcher swinging his sharp knives.

Assad is not laughing anymore, I assure you. Like him, his buddies in Beirut and Tehran are sweating bullets, beads, and bagels.

I believe Sura al-Baqra in the Quran (The Cow) states that one has the right to do unto others what they have done unto you. I also believe the Bible has a reference to the same metaphor (I think in Matthew).

I think that only in Judaism this notion of revenge is refuted.

If true, imagine that. The people we so adroitly hate and kill do not hate us back. If so, then let all those who kill and preach hate be punished by non-Jews, I say.

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  1. Don Cox
    January 29, 2012 at 3:46 pm — Reply

    “one has the right to do unto others what they have done unto you. I also believe the Bible has a reference to the same metaphor (I think in Matthew).”

    The usual saying is “Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you.” – which is the opposite of what it says in the Cow.

    It derives from the “Sermon on the Mount”, found in Matthew Chaper 5. The whole sermon is a good summary of the Jesus teachings. (Assuming Jesus existed as a real person, it is hardly likely to be a word-for-word report of an actual speech.)

    The relevant passage goes:

    “these is of the evil one.

    Ye have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: but I say unto you, Resist not him that is evil: but whosoever smiteth thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.  And if any man would go to law with thee, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.  And whosoever shall compel thee to go one mile, go with him twain.  Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

     Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy: 44 but I say unto you, Love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you; 45 that ye may be sons of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust. For if ye love them that love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the Gentiles the same?  Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

    Basically, the Gospels are the source of the idea of peaceful protest, which perhaps reached the Arabs via Ghandi.

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