Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What I Saw In Syria You Should Know – Former TV Terrorism Analyst...

On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech, we stand on the verge of a U.S. military strike on Syria, a country that I have been to. We stand on the edge of a potential abyss and it could be MLK’s dream President who pulls the trigger for peace.

 I am one of the few Americans who have been to Syria and describe it, with photos I took, in a chapter of my book “Better Times Ahead April Fool” released in 2013.

Is a U.S. military strike against Syria wrong after thousands of citizens, women and babies were killed in their sleep by nerve gas?  Or should we continue to focus our worries on who the next Batman actor should be and how outraged we are Miley Cyrus danced dirty while babies in Damascus died in their sleep from a gas cloud? What are our American values and what are our interests, if any?

As I said today on The Michael Smerconish Program SiriusXM Radio #POTUS 124, I was a terrorism analyst on 9/11 and for years after. My time in Syria was spent as an international attorney negotiating a child kidnapping case involving a Texas woman’s daughter who was taken against her consent. We had to do the negotiations in Damascus, Syria. Therefore, I have walked the Damascus streets where chemical gas has now been released. Photos of those streets are in the book

My take? I was against Iraq and “boots on the ground” because I knew Saddam was not part of 9/11 and had no ambitions beyond being a local dictator. He was no global jihadist like Osama bin Laden. In Syria we have a leader who has repressed democracy and has killed over 100,000 of his own people, forcing 2 million into refugee camps in surrounding countries like Turkey and Jordan to escape his army’s artillery shells. And now chemical gas.

President Clinton fired cruise missiles into Afghanistan in 1998, after Osama bin Laden. He was forced to act in Bosnia to protect Muslims being killed by militant Serb “Christians.” He still regrets failing to act when 500,000 died in Rwanda from tribal butchery. But Syria is different. Syria has the largest stockpile of chemical weapons in the world; weapons banned by 195 countries – all but five countries including North Korea.

Did we not watch Hitler gas Jews in 1940 and not care?

We should not make that mistake again, regardless of the race or religion of those being murdered by the ruthless rogue controlling their country. People like the Assad family. When I there, Assad’s father, Hafez, was the strongman killer who shelled a village, killing tens of thousands – for the audacity of their not liking him. Like father, like son.

Do we say to the world: “Gas your people and we care not?”  This is not a call for boots on the ground, but for showing rogues that they cannot kill without some consequence other than Miley Cyrus waving her butt at Assad on air.

If you want to see what I saw in Syria, check out “Better Times Ahead April Fool” – Syria is but one of many global issues, like China that impact our future significantly. I unveil their dark secrets.

Michael Fjetland
Global American Series
Global American Values

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