The following interview is an excellent story of Syria told by an old Syrian activist, Yassin Al-Haj Saleh. He is now in his late fifties and tells (philosophically) of both his personal and countries plight under the al-Assad regimes’. Murtaza Hussain & Marwan Hisham ask some intriguing questions and in return get some insightful answers.
However, as much as Yassin Al-Haj Saleh portrays a deserved heroic life under incredibly harsh conditions, I do not believe he fully appreciates or understands the U.S. (West) position and more importantly the global implications of a regional, religious, and cultural problem.
I will provide my personal assessment of his observations and experience by commenting (highlighted) at the end of individual paragraphs and let you decide their validity.
by Murtaza Hussain & Marwan Hisham
After this week’s chemical attacks in Syria, I decided to blog on our current U.S. position as it might compare to President Obama’s “red line” decision in 2012. During my research, I came across Derek Chollet’s 2016 article, “Obama’s Red Line, Revisited.” At that time, Mr. Chollet was the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs under President Obama. His article resonates today and possesses merit on President Obama’s handling of Syria’s chemical attacks in 2013.
But for reasons that are markedly different than what the Assistant Secretary surmised.