A triple car bombingÂ againstÂ AssadÂ security checkpoints inÂ IdlibÂ took the lives of 22 people. Most likely, anti-Assad extremists planted the bombs in response to a large car bomb that exploded at the University ofÂ Aleppo, which caused the death of 87 students during exam periods (Many bodies have not been identified, so the death toll will rise). TheÂ Assad regime targeted the young student community inÂ AleppoÂ thus sending a signal that ifÂ AleppoÂ falls, it will suffer fromÂ Assad‘s terror for a long time.
The regime’s capability in manufacturing car bombs has no equals in the region. In fact, the Syrian Internal Intelligence Services (Mukhabarat al-Amn al-Dakhli) has built several clandestine plants, with Russia”™s help, and defectors from theÂ Syrian ArmyÂ revealed their locations back in 2011. It is safe to assume that those plants have been re-located and back online fully by now. The Assad expertise in car bombs caused the death of many Americans inÂ IraqÂ as well as innocent Iraqi bystanders.
With the Aleppo bombing, AssadÂ has now deployed almost all his weapons and tools of terror against the civilian population to include SCUD Russian missiles, Cluster bombs, and car bombs so powerful they are able to take down a block of buildings. Assad has also used rape of women and targeting of children as side tools to his terror.
In addition to the Assad regime, Hezbollah, Iran”™s premier client, has also used car bombs againstÂ USÂ interests and against Lebanese politicians in LebanonÂ starting in the mid eighties and leading to the death of Rafik Hariri in 2005; a crime that Hezbollah and Assad have yet to pay for. Their latest victim was the head of the Lebanese Information Branch in the Internal Security Services Gen. Wissam al-Hassan. The US interests Hezbollah targeted with their car bombs are the US Embassy in Lebanon and the US Marine Barracks both in 1983.
But theÂ daddyÂ of them all is Iran, which mastered the manufacture of the IED roadside bombs; these devices are so powerful they spawned a whole new armored car industry for the US Army.
While all the terror repeats itself in Syria after Iraq, our policy makers fail to grasp the impact the failed State ofÂ SyriaÂ will have on the Levant region and on terror in general. We have the right to moan and groan about Iraq even though Syria and Iran caused all the deaths, not the US, but at least President Bush left behind an orderly country, not a failed one. Obama”™s laissez-faire policies do not exactly tell us what our costs will be. Additionally, no one can blame him for anything today except ignoring death in Syria, but if President Obama is wrong on Syria, which I believe he is because people like me are in the gap bridging business, every American would wish another George Bush-like President is voted into office.
Because of Obama”™s policies, already Jordan, a peaceful country, is on the brink of collapse, which will have dire consequences, Lebanon is simmering beneath with sectarian violence that has already manifested its ugly face on several occasions, and Israel has to be on constant alert thus expanding resources it could put for better use for its own people and others. This analysis excludes the blood Islamic extremists smell when it comes to Israel, something President Obama seems to be totally oblivious to.Â Who said appeasing men of violence could have little consequences?
While this macabre scenario slowly sends us running in every direction because of its dire consequences, Putin tells the world “Nyet” to stopping it and the President of the United States of America opens his arms for a dialogue without a sense of history of how many wills this region bent before him.
There is no escapingÂ realities. Every bomb and every death in Syria makes it more difficult later to solve the problems they cause. This tunnel vision for a dialogue-at-any-cost with enemies who are intent on defeating America is in and by itself defeating America. Russia and Iran can simply continue on that path and wait for the region to crumble, which isÂ exactly the policy of destabilization Russia has wanted all along with her support for Assad. Except that from today”™s ruins Islamist extremists are rising and not Communist or Socialist zealots.
The US response, so far, has been minimal and the most two important actions by Obama have been mostly defensive in nature. He ordered batteries of Patriot Missiles in Turkey and he vaguely drew a Red Line warning on the use of chemical weapons by Assad; more to contain the matter than to save Syrian lives.
What many analysts and diplomats do not realize are the consequences of SyriaÂ as a base to recruit extremists for many generations to come. President Obama believes he can complete his legacy if he can strike a deal withÂ IranÂ his predecessors in Presidents Reagan, George Bush Sr., Bill Clinton, and George Bush Jr. could not accomplish. Meanwhile, it seems that only Iran knows its own nuclear unwavering intentions and everyone else, including President Obama, believes he can “persuade” Iran not to go down that path.
For the US, the costs are piling-up, but our President seems not to be able to compute a simple costs/benefits analysis theÂ USÂ must start computing immediately with regard to a policy ticking more like a bomb than chiming the angels to gather.