Now that the Republicans have come back with a roar (One that Barack Obama still refuses to hear or admit to), it is sensible to ask a very important question dealing with the minorities of the Middle East.
As we all know, there is a considerable number of Christians, especially the Eastern Orthodox Church, who stand by Russia, Iran, Assad, and Hezbollah. Their hate for Israel mirrors those of Ayatollah Khamenei and Assad (On an individual basis, not by the Churches).
This then begs the following question: If you were a hawkish and conservative Senator (Now with considerable more power than prior to November 4) and you had to make a choice between supporting the Arab Christian minorities who are anti-Israel or supporting Israel, what would you do? If anyone believes the Middle East Christians are more important than Israel to any US Congressman or Senator, they need to have their heads examined.
Israel enjoys the support of more than 70% of the American people and their representatives mirror those sentiments. When Assad was still in diapers, Israel’s Gold Meir was building a strong nation.
The Assad regime has been trying to get mileage out of its support for some of the Christians in the Middle East to neutralize the Republican threats it fears the most. Assad Syrian minority strategy is to parade his backing for the Christians in the halls of Congress in the hope he can build some support for himself. Assad’s strategy is faulty.
Assad fears the Republicans so much that the moment they won the Senate, he ran to Moscow to acquire the S-300 missile defense system, which, incidentally, will not provide him the protection he believes if the US decides to strike his regime. By US technology standards, the S-300 is antiquated because of effective countermeasures and radar jamming.
Assad useless Syrian minority strategy needs re-tooling. My recommendation is to send Asma, his wife, to patronize Kim Kardashian. Assad may not get the hawks on his side, but he and Asma will get plenty of Facebook “like”.
On a serious note, I truly feel compassion for all the Christians living in the region. Either their choices are regimes that terrorize in order to protect themselves, or peaceful regimes that protect them but end-up on the chopping block themselves. Their choices doom them either way.