What Unites Fighting Actors in Syria?

What Unites Fighting Actors in Syria?

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Middle East conventional wisdom, in general, unites people based on their religious denominations. In the West, we tend to view the matter in terms of Muslims vs. Christians, Shias vs. Sunnis, Muslims vs. Jews, Etc… What unites fighting actors in Syria is a far more sinister factor: It’s pure ideology.

There is military cooperation between Iran (Ruled by extremist Shias) and Turkey (Ruled by extremist Sunnis). Conventional wisdom makes people scratch their heads to understand this close cooperation between two countries who should be sworn enemies. Extreme Islamic ideology is what fuses Iran to Turkey. Both countries are united by their desire to harm the State of Israel.

There is cooperation between the United States (Liberal Christian democracy) and the YPG (Liberal Sunni Muslims). Their common denominator is liberalism even though both religious beliefs provide a glimpse into the larger clash of civilizations (i.e. U.S. vs. AQ).

There is even an unwritten cooperation between liberal Syrians fighting for the removal of Iran from Syria and the Jewish State. Based on their liberalist views and ideology, not religion. It could also be argued that this cooperation is based on a future where peace between both nations become a worthy reality.

The enmity between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran could be argued it is also about Iranian determination to see Saudi Arabia punished for its close cooperation with Israel. Why would Iran strike cooperation agreements with extremist Sunni Turkey but fire missiles, through the Houthi Yemeni proxy, at Riyadh?

Many other examples abound to include every other force fighting in Syria. What unites fighting actors in Syria is not religion, as we are led to believe often, but rather it is the struggle between liberal views and extremist ones.

Which is good news indeed.

There are two exceptions to this rule, which are the bad news.

Iranian hate for Israel is not a secret. In this instance, it is not only extremist Mullahs fighting against a liberal Jewish ideology but also religious Shia extremists attempting to destroy the Jewish State, and by extension all Jewish religious traces or existence in the region. This conflict is organically religious as well as ideological.

The second exception is the Assad regime. Baschar al-Assad, who hails from a liberal Alawite clan, chose to fight with, and on behalf of, the extremist Iranian Mullahs because his hate for Israel supersedes his views of Islam in its ugliest form.

Assad views Israel as his one and only enemy (next to his own people) he must amalgamate all his energy and resources to defeat. As for Sunni extremists in Syria, Assad was the one who fed ISIS as a ploy to scare the west into abandoning the notion of regime change in Syria. Assad does not fear Sunni extremists because the world, led by the United States, have them in their scope. It was the US that defeated ISIS, not Assad or his Russian cohorts.

Extremism against Jews has created those two exceptions in the region, which is why we must stop Iran at all costs. All of us must support an outcome where extremism is defeated permanently by defeating the Mullahs permanently.

As fighting erupts between the different forces, it is important to ask yourself the question of what unites fighting actors in Syria. The answer is reasonably explorable if one can gauges the ideological anchors of those fighting forces.

What Unites Fighting Actors in Syria?


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