Here at the Bar and Grill, the conversation often turns to casting blame for domestic and international problems and the fellow who usually gets blamed by my mostly conservative clientele is Barack Obama. The notion that the humanitarian disaster underway in the Mideast and Europe right now sits at Obama’s feet seems preposterous to me. Every now and then, one of my patrons expresses things far better than I could so when I saw a comment by frequent customer Thorsaurus, I jumped at the chance to promote it to a featured blog post.
So, with his permission (and a tiny bit of editing on my part), and without further ado, here are Thor’s thoughts on the migration crisis. You can find more of Thor’s writing at his blog.
What should Obama have done differently? Are you saying we should support dictators and strong men in order to prevent a Caliphate? Then why did we remove Saddam? I see no rising Crescent, just a rebranding of the Sunnis in the same lust-for-power turf war that has gone on for centuries. Yes, ISIS is brutal. The Saudis are brutal. Saddam was brutal. Assad is brutal. Assad’s father was brutal. Bashir is brutal. Mubarak was brutal. Qaddafi was brutal. The Shah was brutal. Idi Amin was brutal. Nasser was brutal. The Tuareg were brutal. Kubla Khan was brutal. They are like cockroaches. One gets smashed, three more emerge. Peter, Paul and Jesus couldn’t tame this region. How are we supposed to do it?
It will have to come from the people that live there, if it is to last. If it happens at all, it will require a long series of bloody revolutions. Authoritarians don’t give up their empires easily. We had to defeat the throne twice, and its men still came back and screwed with us during the civil war.
Blame Obama if you want, but he is just the latest in a long list of Presidents that couldn’t “solve” the Middle East. And our involvement, really only since the end of WWII, only represents a sliver of the time these people have been fighting this battle. The suffering is hard to watch, but I’m coming to the conclusion that intervening in the Middle East is like trying to help an alcoholic. We can be careful to protect ourselves while giving support, but the only way to end the pain is for the addict themselves to embrace a new way of life.
All I can say is BRAVO! What do you think? The bar is open.