Posts Tagged ‘John Quincy Adams’

Who is pulling the strings in the Middle East?

February 11, 2012

Libya’s new rulers offer weapons to Syrian rebels – Telegraph:

The new Al-Qaeda dominated Libyan government has been sending weapons and fighters by the hundreds to Syria. What’s going on there is not just government massacres but a full-out shooting war with both sides lobbing bombs and blowing up buildings, just like happened earlier in Libya.

Where is NATO in all this? Well, maybe the United Nations and NATO learned a little public relations lessons from the blowback they got from the West against their brutal assault on Arab governments with street surrogates.

It was all too easy to see in Libya. That rebellion, by the time it was done, came in a package stamped with really big letters “Made in the USA“. In a smaller font you could read “Assembled in the Eurozone”.

So with Syria they’re being more circumspect I guess.

Or maybe there’s something else going on here. Small-state Surrogacy might not have gone away altogether. It seems like Iran is shipping in a lot of help for Assad’s regime and a good number of trained fighters. Russia and China both put a nix on the push in the UN to add to the Arab League‘s condemnation of Syria.

It ain’t over till it’s over, so goes the saying.

The more you watch things, though, the more you realize, the Founding Fathers made some wise pronouncements on the matter.

Somebody strung some good quotes together at wikipedia in the “Non-interventionism” entry:

George Washington, the first U.S. President, advised the country to avoid “foreign entanglements.” Thomas Jefferson favored “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.” John Quincy Adams wrote that the U.S. “goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy.”