Crazy In Syria


Not quite two weeks ago, a group of Islamofascists attacked the town of Maaloula, Syria. The attack didn’t garner all that much attention, primarily because it was drowned out by the roar of President Barack Obama getting sacked in his own diplomatic end zone by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Furthermore, in a civil war like the one which currently has Syria in the headlines, a bunch of AK-toting murderers rolling heavy into some village which hasn’t upgraded its cable since the Crusades is about as common as Obama flunking an American geography quiz.


But the sack of Maaloula is actually noteworthy. The attackers were not a swarm of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s goons. They were elements of the rebel forces fighting against Assad; specifically, a gang called the al-Nusra Front. And the al-Nusra Front boasts of allegiance to al-Qaida. Therefore, we’re supplying weapons to a mob of killers from the same freakshow family that we’re firing our weapons at in Afghanistan.

Sadly, the al-Nusra boys are not the only examples of the bad guys getting geared up on your nickel. Last week, the world was treated to a series of images of the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) summarily executing prisoners in typically brutal Islamofascist style. And the cheering audience featured plenty of the local kiddies. ISIL is a prominent part of the anti-Assad Syrian resistance. And of course, ISIL is interchangeably linked with al-Qaida.

It was bad enough to endure seeing Obama get pantsed in front of the world by a former KGB spook, but now we’re going to start teaching Akbar the unbathed proper care and feeding of his anti-tank missile? As I’ve pointed out before, President Peace Prize has yet to proffer an entrance strategy for Syria. For that matter, I have yet to hear President Peace Prize proffer any particular goal in Syria. If we send our military – and the militaries of all our “secret” allies – into another desertified craphole, it might not be the worst idea to come up with something akin to an actual plan. Moreover, it might not be the worst idea to figure out not only who the good guys are, but whether there are any good guys at all. Alas, Obama’s Syrian strategy appears to be “talk out of both sides of my mouth and give guns to everyone with an accent.”

During last Tuesday’s bizarrely self-contradictory speech on Syria, Obama took repeated jabs at former President George W. Bush’s policy of fighting two different wars at the same time. At this point, Obama’s almost infantile foreign policy has essentially guaranteed we’re landing boots on the ground in Syria. And our mission will entail securing weapons of mass destruction, regime change, fighting terrorism and/or stopping bad people from doing bad things; more or less.

I’ll grant that there’s no shortage of crazy – and even stupid – in the Obama Administration. But the idea of a Nobel Peace Prize-winning President desperately trying to force his way into a violent conflict involving murky alliances, American-armed al-Qaida fighters and our old pals the Russians is certifiably nuts. And it was all supposedly planned by the same political polymaths who brought us Operation Fast and Furious, the Benghazi cover-up and a level of governmental spying on its own people which would be right at home in George Orwell’s nightmares.

-Ben Crystal

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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  • Deerinwater

    As I see it ~ all attacks are “noteworthy” Ben.

    And what’s wrong with Putin taking the lead on this one? I don’t have a problem with that at all, ~ it’s his neighborhood.

    Could we assume that Putin would not have got involve without the stakes being raised so high? No, ~ I don’t think so.

    It seems that there is an effort afoot to paint this as a political blunder on the part of the current administration. If being upstage by Putin is seen as a tragedy, ~ it’s one that I can live with for I did not like the opinions the US was considering one bit.

    Ben, where do you stand on this issue, ~ are you a Dove or a Hawk? ~ or just a Farmer making political hay while the sun shines.

    • stopspending4

      THe whole premise of your comment is incorrect so it is hard to put much credence in the rest of your post. Putin has been involved in Syria for a long time. Russia has been supplying the Asayd regime with weapons for a long time. Glad you can live with it now because soon we may be living with the effects of Russia and Iran’s influence in our own country – either as we are part of a war in Syria (boots on the ground), This war will undoubtedly include Iran and Russia – not two countries who have our best interest at heart.
      Not sure about Ben, but I stand against supplying weapons in any civil war in Syria at this time. As Ben stated, we will be arming Al Queda. how long will it take for those rebels Al Queda terrorists to use the weapons on us?

      • Ozziejorge

        So because Obama has such a low popularity rating, does that mean that you would accept overseas nations financially and otherwise as befits supporting any opposition groups that may arise in your country?

      • StinkBomb Jones

        100% CORRECT!! How can anyone trust Putin & UN to really get these weapons destroyed & even if they did, Putin & Iran & Hezbollah will just give him some more!!

        We have no dog in this fight, let them kill each other…just send aid to those who are suffering as refugees across the borders & those who are injured physically.

  • Ozziejorge

    Ben, I have been a follower of your column for a while now, and most of what I see is a quite level-headed appraisal of matters as they have presented.
    I find it rather hard to swallow your take on what has happened over the Syrian debacle, though …
    Firstly it has been mainly the USA and Britain who have been pushing for regime change and siding with the so-called ‘cuthroats’ by arming them against the current government …
    Secondly, this has happened in Iraq, Libya and has created much pressure and instability in Iran and neighbouring nations ….
    Thirdly, I as a world citizen have not voted for the USA … or ANY conglomerate of national powers to take on the “policemen of the world” role even though you have stationed 3000 marines in my country to put pressure now on China!!
    So, I do not really care that you do not think highly of Putin’s background … at one stage there was such a righteous outcry over the USSR and its surveillance mechanism, but now the mighty ‘Land of the Free” has freely accepted global surveillance of its citizens, and nary a whimper is heard … but YOU are STILL poking fingers at other nations and their internal interactions, without getting your own backyard cleaned up first!!
    I welcome ANY strategy that will obviate the use of cruise missiles [because you have them], drones [ because you can] and the application of a military threat [because you are the biggest military threat] … does that make you the biggest bully too????
    Heck mate, how about wiping your own nose and getting the USA back to the proud state that it was in in the ’50s and ’60s when you led the world in manufacture and technological development and get off the bully boy tactics … which today are only serving to destabilise and terrorise??
    Obama is not dithering .. he is watching the writing appear on the wall.
    Have a look at the tremendous cost financially to you of these “Wars on terror”, and then apply this financial drain to assisting your own citizens, building your own country back up, and the HELPING other countries to develop instead of being selfish bastards looking out for ” … IN OUR INTEREST”.
    JUST THINK OF WHAT THE SITUATION WOULD BE AROUND ISRAEL IF THEY JOINED AND COOPERATED WITH THEIR ARAB BRETHREN [heck both races stemmed from the same father for goodness sake!!!!], and shared their technology, expertise for mutual development, rather than demolishing the areas round them and antagonising their neighbours.
    Hell … if your nest door neighbour built a humungous wall across your boundary and then intimidated you … wouldn’t you take any opportunity to chuck a rock over the wall or aggravate him in some manner????
    Come on…..

    • Moustache The First

      Obummer is “not dithering”….what events are you watching unfold? He can’t even admit his “red line” was his own!! Hey, he wants to take action, but not too strong an action, then he tosses it to Congress, then it accidentally ends up in Putin’s hands & he trusts a guy that has been propping up Assad for years so he can use the port of Tartus….that is NONSENSICAL BS!!! As Churchill said, “There is no middle ground in war”..Hey, I’m not for a strike, but a “shot across the bow” ain’t gonna do anything! & what leaders of a nation reveal all their plans & desires in public regarding a possible military action?? UNCONSCIONABLE & MORONIC!!!

      Truth be told, Benghazi was a covert CIA black op that was transferring weapons to al-Qaeda in Syria, that is why USA was only nation in that operation that did not hightail it out of there weeks before 9/11 after a few violent incidents, that is why Stevens, who did not want it to go on, was not protected after many pleas by him & others for more protection…Obummer has been thirsting for the radicals to take over in Egypt & Syria…why? Because in his heart & soul he hates America & is one of them!

    • Robert Messmer

      Firstly Ben doesn’t even share the blame with Britain, he places it squarely on the USA for arming those against Assad.
      Secondly based on other articles that Ben has written he is aware of this happening in Iraq, Libya but this article was about 1 town in Syria. Not about the whole mess in the Middle East as that quite clearly would take a lot more space.
      Thirdly Mr. World Citizen individuals don’t get a vote on the international stage, just countries. So if your country signed on to apply sanctions, well that is what you voted for. If it decides to have it go to the Security Council and there is no veto, then yes Mr. World Citizen that also is what you voted for. And really, “nary a whimper is heard”? Obviously this is the first/only article you have read. There has been a great deal said about the NSA and its illegal spying. Discussing what is going on in Syria, “poking fingers at other nations” according to you, is the only way a writer (Ben Crystal) can point out why WE shouldn’t be there. So he is very much trying to get our
      “own backyard cleaned up first”.
      Not sure why you started yelling about Israel. But why should Israel cooperate with their Arab brethren who have sworn a blood oath to wipe Israel of the face of the World?

  • Al Chemist

    Our young Nobel Peace Prize winning occupant of the WH is feeling ‘put upon’ by a lot of people including some members of the liberal/progressive/commie/democrat party so he is lashing out in all directions (GW, the Republicans and so on). He will never admit that his own incompetence (and his administration’s) are the cause of all the failures (domestic and foreign).

  • dan

    seems that we gave Saddem the chemical weapons (WMD’s) in the first place for just such a contingency…being overrun by Muslim Jihadi Zealots that ,in this case,will kill all of the Christians ,anyway.
    Call me hard hearted , but wouldn’t it just be more humane to uthenize ALL of them…they belive they’ll be rewarded for dying in Jihad and it could be no worse than killing babies in the womb. maybe i should get a Nobel for figuring out that there can be peace in our time by eliminating those who won’t live in peace.

    • Robert Messmer

      At least one report claims that the sarin was more sophisticated than the type Saddam had.

  • vitario2000

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    It’s hard to believe on the one year anniversary of Benghazi, there was no remembrance of it at all by the SOB Commies, Racists & Power Elites in this administration!!!! Then again, from Hillary on down, they really do want to forget it, hey, “What difference does it make at this point?”

  • kommentater

    How many are ready to follow the pied piper now? Not even the mindless drones are lined up behind this one. Well, accept for the lady who said: “Well I don’t think this is such a good idea, but I don’t want to see him embarrassed”. To this I say good luck people because That ship has sailed long ago, it’s just that it had to get this ridiculous for some to realize it. Maybe it’s not his embarrassment you should be worried about. Remember you live in America. The last few years I have to remind myself.


    The curse of “progressive” feminism…

  • vitario2000

    Once in U.S. history an episode of Islamic
    terrorism was very quickly stopped. It happened in the Philippines about
    1911, when Gen. John J. Pershing was in
    command of the garrison. There had been numerous Islamic terrorist
    attacks, so “Black Jack” told his boys to catch the perps and teach them
    a lesson.

    Forced to dig their own graves, the terrorists were
    all tied to posts, execution style. The U.S. soldiers then brought in
    pigs and slaughtered them, rubbing their bullets in the blood and fat.
    Thus, the terrorists were terrorized; they saw that they would be
    contaminated with hogs’ blood. This would mean that they could not enter
    Heaven, even if they died as terrorist martyrs.

    All but one
    was shot, their bodies dumped into the grave, and the hog guts dumped
    atop the bodies. The lone survivor was allowed to escape back to the
    terrorist camp and tell his brethren what happened to the others. This
    brought a stop to terrorism in the Philippines for the next 50 years.

    Pointing a gun into the face of Islamic terrorists won’t make them flinch.

    They welcome the chance to die for Allah. Like Gen. Pershing, we must
    show them that they won’t get to Muslim heaven (which they believe has
    an endless supply of virgins) but instead will die with the hated pigs
    of the devil.