countries understand the Middle East like Israel, France, or Britain. One country has physical roots and the other two have an enduring history attending and working with existing countries or tribal systems they helped turn into new civilizations. In some GCC countries, the most powerful top intelligence officers are still British. Because of that knowledge, Britain must break away from Obama.
Even if France and Britain did not have the best of intentions for the homogeneous populations during an era of indifference we refer to as Colonialism, one should not discount their knowledge of Arabs and Muslims in general.
The US, on the other hand, has a commanding height of “working” with the region; within the constraints of the Cold War. Prominent historians, like Professor Bernard Lewis, of British origins, have had to “educate” many past administrations on the Muslim culture and the Arab minds. His work has not had time to filter through the thick layers of American bureaucracy; or the many wrong doubters, but once it does, the US knowledge would improve.
Our sense is that Britain is quite perturbed at re-decking a house it hated to watch others destroy.
That reconstructive part, within the framework of a vicious Sectarian war Assad opened its first chapter with precise violence, will be a complicated process due to the fact that dealing with more rivalries, new claims to lands and power, and new borders will project the most difficult challenges Diplomats and policy makers will ever face. Arabs feuding with each other will make the Palestinian-Israeli feud look like a back alley 8th graders dispute.
Even if Syria does not break apart, the violent ethnic cleansing, unlike Yugoslavia, will be self-sustaining. Exactly because of our culture and our religion. This is why Britain must break away from Obama.
Obama selected his team of national security and foreign advisors in his own spitting image. Some boast an ideology due mostly to knowledge they acquired from characters known to be offended by the freedom agenda the US has flourished behind ever since the Founding Fathers saw it in the interests of a nascent nation extracting herself from the jaws of repression. Authoritarianism, to the Obama team, is not such a bad thing whether it is secular like Assad or religious like the Mullahs of Iran.
This is why General Dempsey, Secretary Clinton, and General Petraeus favored delivering serious weapons to the FSA. With Hagel, Kerry, and Donilon, we have appeasement and admirers of dictators to lead us into an ill-advised foreign policy.
Already, a statement made by Hagel was to confirm that Syrians opposing Assad are on their own. Hagel’s Pentagon does not intend to aid them. To people like Hagel and Kerry, the Syrian people is the enemy, not Assad.
It is high time for true leadership in today’s world. Time for PM Cameron to break away from Obama on Syria. We think every establishment in Washington would be appreciative for a fresh start in foreign policy rather than remain stuck in listening to lectures and lies by those seeking freedom.