Take Your Pick: Dictators or Religious Fanatics

You Can't Get There From Here

When we see Vladimir Putin getting involved in Syria and Barack Hussein Obama deciding to leave more troops in Afghanistan for longer than he would like, we may be forced to ask ourselves a question: Is there a winning strategy in the Middle East? Some of us have come to the conclusion that the answer is: No.

It becomes increasingly clear that there are only two viable options in much of the Middle East. Either you back a brutal dictatorship like the one that used to be run by Saddam Hussein or you support religious terrorists like ISIS.

Our current Middle Easter misadventure which has cost hundreds of thousands of lives, trillions of dollars and produced millions of “refugees” means that the Third Option, which requires that we engage in nation building and/or installing a representative democracy is a merely an illusion.

The 3rd Way Is A Trillion Dollar Illusion

Barack Hussein Obama has never seen radical Islam. Barack Hussein Obama has never seen a Muslim terrorist. Barack Hussein Obama is uniquely qualified to continue to waste trillions of dollars trying to force a system on the Middle East that does not fit. In all fairness, George Bush and the neo-cons had their very own rose colored glasses that made them think that they could help build democratic nations and processes in the Middle East.

If you think about it, the reasons why we cannot force a western style government on the Middle East should be obvious. The word “force” as in “force freedom on them” or “force liberty on them” or “force freedom of speech on them” sums up some of the reasons why this cannot be done. People have to want liberty and freedom for themselves and they have to be willing to fight and die for it.

Another reason why the Third Option is an illusion is because the underlying reality of Islamic extremism. Muslim extremists are all too willing to die for their cause and they are even more willing to take out anyone who would oppose them. Once the religious purists grab the microphone in the public square in a Middle Eastern country they are not letting go. Moreover they are not shy about condemning all who oppose them to hell. So western countries in general and the United States in particular wind up being the Great Satan if we can be depicted as opposing the imposition of Sharia law and a theocratic state. God hates the western devils the purists will say.

Declare Victory and Leave

It is no accident that ISIS arose once Saddam Hussein was out of the way. The religious extremists are almost guaranteed to fill every power vacuum that occurs in the Middle East. Unlike the nuanced negotiated settlement between warring factions favored by western countries, religious extremist bring absolute certainty which sooner or later tends to win the day in much of the Middle East.

If this analysis is correct, the proper way to look at Putin in Syria might be: Let’s pack up and bug out. Let the Russians examine the bear trap from the inside for awhile.

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DDE 13 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Wow! You covered an interesting topic, also a lot of corruption going on.


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poetryman6969 13 months ago Author

Hello Devika! You bring up an interesting point. Suppose the politicians know that nothing can be accomplished in the Middle East and our involvement there is one big money laundering scheme. When you think of the number of people who are being killed it's a chilling thought.

Have a blessed day!


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FlourishAnyway 13 months ago from USA

I don't know if it's our problem to fix and I don't know if there is a solution.


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poetryman6969 13 months ago Author

FlourishAnyway a famous person said something like: Let's declare victory and go home. I'm all for that!

Have a blessed day.


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CorneliaMladenova 13 months ago from Cork, Ireland

Great article. The problems of the Middle East seem to be unsolvable, and the European continent is full with people of that region (swarms continue to come) and they refuse to abide by European laws and traditions, and to crown all they hate the Christian civilization :(


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poetryman6969 13 months ago Author

Cornelia many if not most western leaders have either been bribed or they have signed a suicide pact to have foreign criminals destroy their nations. These fake "refugees" belong in Saudi Arabia not the west. I call them fake "refugees" because able bodied men of fighting age who leave behind their mothers, wives, children and minor siblings may be many thing but they are clearly not legitimate refugees.

Have a blessed day!


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lollyj lm 13 months ago from Washington KS

I'm not sure why the USA and others continue to believe they can "fix" the Middle Eastern problems. We can't fix our own problems so why continue pouring zillions into countries that hate us? And if they hate us so, why do they want to emigrate here? There are no simple answers.

Thought provoking hub. Well done.


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poetryman6969 13 months ago Author

Laurel the closest I can come to understanding it is that some think we are guilty or at least ought to feel guilty about having a damn fine and preposterous country.

Their remedy is as follows:

1) First Loot the country

2) 2nd Destroy the country

3) Give the dregs to foreign criminals

Apparently, for prospering and doing well, we deserve this. And oh by the way, the solution can't possibly be to bring what made us great, capitalism and representative democracy to others. Rather, we need to become more like despotic third world pest holes that every is running away from because it's only fair.

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