The Road to Damascus

Forget the Grand Prix or the Daytona 500, the real race right now is the race to Damascus. The racers include Syrian rebels in pickup trucks with mounted machine guns and homemade tanks, toting weapons and equipment supplied and paid for by Qatar and Turkey, and more covertly by the British and French intelligence services. Racing along with them are carloads of international diplomats urging their governments to give the Islamist militias more money and more weapons.

Everyone is on the road to Damascus in this amazing race. Christian refugees from Aleppo, Alawites packing in behind the tanks of the Syrian army and Iraqi militias that used to plant IEDs in front of American Humvees, who have found new work blowing up churches and taking over Syrian bases.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah’s militias out of Lebanon are shooting at Al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood militias from across the Middle East and even Europe. Imagine the Crips and the Bloods, armed to the teeth by every country from Mexico to China, fighting over the ruins of California cities, and you get some idea of the glorious Syrian civil war being fought by the Brave Syrian People in a conflict that will determine once and for all who will be ethnically cleansing who this year.

The Syrian rebels are Sunni. The Syrian regime is Alawite, which is close enough to Shiite in a region where most Sunnis hate Shiites. This isn’t some heroic battle between the people and the dictator; it’s a religious war.  And in a newly Islamist region, religion is the best possible reason that anyone can think of for a war, that will just incidentally happen to realign a strategic piece of territory from the Shiite axis to the Sunni axis.

We, as befits the nation that Obama described as one of the largest Muslim countries in the world, happen to be in the Sunni axis, ensconced somewhere between the fattest child-molesting members of the Saudi and Qatari royals, the most vicious Turkish and Egyptian Islamists, and the Eurocrats looking to score oil deals with the former and arms deals with the latter, and political points with their domestic population of Sunni Islamists who have the unfortunate habit of blowing things up.

On the road to Damascus, the politicians and pundits tell us that we cannot simply sit things out. Someone is bound to remove Assad and we had better be in good with whoever does.

The UK, which dragged Obama into Libya the way an elderly lady drags a poodle into a pub, is frantically urging us to stop just looking the other way while Qatar and Turkey arm the Syrian rebels, and to get into the rebel-arming business ourselves.

Considering how well that worked out in Libya, we should probably hurry and start arming the Syrian rebels right now. The sooner we give them weapons, the less likely they are to use them against us. Or so the reasoning of the people who brought you Iran, September 11 and September 11 II: The Mohammed Video Diaries goes. And with a track record like that, how could they possibly be wrong?

If we give the right Syrian rebels the weapons, then they will win, instead of the wrong Syrian rebels. But if we don’t, then the wrong Syrian rebels will win, and even the right Syrian rebels will hate us and turn wrong, and before you know it they’ll be shooting at us with the weapons we didn’t give them.

Telling apart the right Syrian rebels from the wrong Syrian rebels is tricky. The Free Syrian Army, once hailed as a moderate secular organization, has more Al Qaeda in it than the dirt in Tora Bora. The head of this moderate secular opposition, Sheikh Mouaz Al-Khatib, who had previously praised Saddam for “terrifying the Jews,” objected to the American declaration that the Al-Qaeda militias are terrorists.

“The logic under which we consider one of the parts that fights against the Assad regime as a terrorist organization is a logic one must reconsider,” Al-Khatib said, and it’s hard to argue with his logic. The difference between the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda is that the Muslim Brotherhood wins an election before shooting people in the streets while Al Qaeda shoots people in the street without waiting for an election.

To the Democracy Uber Alles crowd, this makes a big difference, but the people being shot are still dead either way.

No serious thinkers seriously think that not siding with either side is an option. When confronted with Muslim terrorists, they begin searching for moderates in the rubbish bin, and with a working definition of a moderate that includes anyone less extreme than the most extreme of the extreme, they keep finding moderate Syrian rebels who will be our friends tomorrow for a few RPGs today.

Today we have to support the Muslim Brotherhood for fear that Al Qaeda will take over. Tomorrow we will have to support Al Qaeda for fear that Al-Takfir Wa Al-Hijra will take over. And then we’ll have to support the Takfiris for fear that Itbach Al-Kul Ulum will take over. And the day after our leaders will have no choice but to nuke the entire planet for fear that an asteroid will hit it instead. The radiation will be bad, they tell us, but at least nuclear weapons are moderate. Asteroids are extreme.

The Muslim Brotherhood is running torture chambers in Egypt and shooting protesters in the street, but we’re still shipping them free F16s and helping them take over Syria. Because if we don’t help them, how will we have any influence over them? If the Muslim Brotherhood can’t non-violently seize power in Syria through a violent civil war, there is a risk that they will turn to violence again. And that means they’ll start trying to violently take over countries without going through the formality of fighting a civil war to take them over first.

Every leader of Al Qaeda was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but since the Muslim Brotherhood, like the New Left, is willing to non-violently take us over through front groups and immigration, rather than flying planes into buildings, they’re our idea of the good guys, even if they have the same objectives as Al Qaeda, just a different way of getting there. But you could probably say the same thing about the people who were running the USSR in 1932 and the people who are running the United States and the European Union in 2012.

Obama isn’t satisfied with wrecking just Libya, Tunisia and Egypt. Russia isn’t satisfied with financing 50 years of war in the region even though it’s on the verge of bankruptcy. Prime Minister Cameron of the UK and President Hollande of France aren’t satisfied with being on the verge of bankruptcy and only wrecking Libya. And like Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, they’re all on the road to Damascus. Or the road to hell.

And so on they go, all together, rebels and diplomats, throat-slashers and powdered-hair personalities, embedded into a conflict, racing to Damascus, eager to raise the flag, report on the historic moment, negotiate deals and deliver speeches. Obama probably already has his written and it will probably be the same exact speech he delivered when Mubarak fell and Gaddafi got sodomized to death. There will be lots of moving sentiments about hope and change, peace and freedom, the choice of the people and the transition to democracy.

And then the real killing will begin.

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  • AdinaK

    Six of one…half a dozen of another…this is the realistic way to view the upcoming Syrian blood bath –

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel –

    • Drakken

      As an Israeli, I would be encouraging these savages to slaughter each other, I would also encourage the Kurds to declare indepence and give Turkey,Iraq and Iran a nice fat middle finger to them. To even go a tad bit further, I would also tell Russia to arm them to the teeth and give Russia some influence in the matter since our fearless feckless leaders in the West think that muslims are our friends. Create as much chaos, panic and disorder in muslim lands as much as possible, less they turn their attentions on us.

  • Chezwick

    DANIEL: "When confronted with Muslim terrorists, they begin searching for moderates in the rubbish bin, and with a working definition of a moderate that includes anyone less extreme than the most extreme of the extreme, they keep finding moderate Syrian rebels who will be our friends tomorrow for a few RPGs today."

    The man writes with searing clarity…and is colorful in the process. My hat off to you, Daniel. I could read you all day.

    • Buddy Rojek

      My thoughts exactly. I wish this style of reporting was reported in the Australian MSM! At least it tells it as it is.

  • KEGS59

    After Assad is gone, the Left will spin its support for the then terrorist regime as having been nothing of the sort, as they throw their support behind a regime being founded by a bunch of jihadis who have al-Qaida to thank for their victory.


    Monkey looking virusss…They’re still monkeys and can never be anything else. A monkey looking virus is upon the earth. This virus talks….what should we do ? If small pox could talk would we still have eradicated it ? i’m sure we would have….!00%.

  • Mike

    "The burden of Damascus" Isaiah 17 "At evening time there will be trouble but before morning, they are no more". This was written back long ago but has never happened as of yet. I'm watching this one closely.

  • Arlie

    Daniel, you explain the situation artfully. I pray for Israel because for their land it's the Islamists saying "heads I win, tails you lose". The most puzzling is 0. If he is a marxist/Islamist, he is on both sides? It's US/Saudi/Qatar/Turkey (Israel) vs Russia/Syria/Iran/China?

    "Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them aid and comfort" U.S. Constitution, Article 3, Section 3.

    I think the worst of this could this have been stopped if Romney had run the right PR campaign and told the uneducated/unknowing Americans what is going to happen to them when history repeats itself on a global scale of genocide and slavery via Communism and Islam. There is no good ending here as you have clearly and masterfully stated on the road to Damascus. I Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.

  • Elvira

    Agree with Chezwick——I too could read Daniel all day long. What terrific insight and clarity of mind. Just wish everyone would read his articles. I have been sending links to his articles to my Senator, Marco Rubio. Hope he reads them!

    • Lucifer Dye

      Oh, yeah, Marco Rubio. Isn't he the guy who claimed his parents left Cuba to escape Castro — years before Castro even came to power? Another lying rightie poised to make a bid for the presidency. They just keep crawling out of the woodwork.

      • Drakken

        I am no Rubio fan, but a silly little I feel therefore I am lefty who doesn't know history? Your funny!

  • Stale Urbye

    Thanks to Mr. Greenfield for telling us the truth trough his brilliant analysis. To say that the situation in Syria calls for deep concern is putting it mildly.

  • Marty

    The syrian civil war is somewhat similar to the eight year long conflict during the 1980s between iraq and iran. The United States provided weapons to saddam hussein (then an American ally) and Israel sent weapons to iran. That arrangement guaranteed the war would last a long time and end with the scenario spelled out by the late Abba Eban: "We hope they both lose." syria is another opportunity to prolong the a war between the bad and the evil. We should encourage the saudis to keep sending weapons to the rebels and iran to be the main supplier of weapons for the assad regime.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "The syrian civil war is somewhat similar to the eight year long conflict during the 1980s between iraq and iran. The United States provided weapons to saddam hussein (then an American ally) and Israel sent weapons to iran."

      Reagan wanted a stalemate. 0'Bama doesn't. 0'Bama is Sunni.

      Reagan wanted to use American cultural and military hegemony to lead righteous nations to victory over an evil totalitarian ideology. 0'Bama is on the side of the evil totalitarian ideology.

      • Drakken

        That is why anyone with two brain cells to rub together should encourage Russia to arm the Kurds so they don't feel left out. The more the savages slaughter each other, the better it is for the rest of us.

  • Thomas Wells

    Damascus: Armageddon,or …

  • WilliamJamesWard

    When the smoke and flames clear and the speaches by political hacks try to formulate
    a victory in which they are comfortable because a vague connection is made to Democratic
    energies, we gain nor win nothing. Surely there will be less bad guys but they are all bad
    guys reaching for the stars and all they can get, anyone aligning with them is as bad as
    they are. Democrats are ruining America and thier energies are destructive…………William

  • Ghostwriter

    Why do I have a bad feeling about all this?

    • Puc

      Ghostwriter, i believe the bad feeling you have is what we all feel expressed so brilliantly by Daniel. The mind numbing dearth of principle on the part of our western leaders as well as the dumb but culpable ignorance of our media elites in the face of an evil increasingly cosmic in its proportions. I am inwardly speechless at the thought of the countless innocents who will suffer and die at the hands of savages while cynical politicians of every stripe lies and inanities.
      Puc Canada

  • Madeleine

    upto I saw the receipt which was of $4817, I accept …that…my neighbour had been realy bringing home money part-time at their laptop.. there mums best friend haz done this for under 15 months and as of now repayed the loans on their cottage and bought a great Ford Focus. we looked here…… Bit40.ℂOℳ

    • Joe Ordinary

      At least there's some good news.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "On the road to Damascus, the politicians and pundits tell us that we cannot simply sit things out. Someone is bound to remove Assad and we had better be in good with whoever does."

    Correct. 0'Bama, as usual, leading from behind (being led by Sunni islamists) with our military used for their ends: jihad in the pursuit of a global caliph.

    The Islamists inform us and lead us with backroom diplomacy (blackmail and fraud) and the media via their "reactions" to us "hurting" their "religious feelings." It's all so serious and we just don't know what else to do. Just give in and then we'll be OK when they evolve.

    How did we get here?

  • unit2520499

    It's rare when two set of garbage begin killing each other. Same as with Iran Iraq in the 1980s. These types of conflicts should be encouraged at best, ignored at worst. And speaking of arming the opposition, do I vaguely recall our arming the Afghanis in their fight against the Russians? That turned out real well, didn't it?!

  • Horace

    Saudi Arabia pumps 10 million barrels of oil daily at about $100/barrel. Thats a lot of campaign contributions, consulting contracts, (and mosques) Thats how we got here.

  • Len_Powder

    If the young people who we see in pictures and who participate in these revolutions had good careers and prosperous futures they would not be wearing bandanas and carrying rifles. But in the Middle East, besides Israel, no Arab countries offer young people opportunities and hope for a better life. And there is also the tremendous weighty yoke of Islam impeding their progress towards self-fulfillment and good fortune.

    Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Somalia, Sudan, etc., are crucibles of violence and destruction, perpetrated primarily by young, alienated, misguided, uneducated, ignorant, and foolish revolutionaries. Instead of feeling powerless and impotent they join militias and feel like liberators and heroes without any idea how they are being deceived and used by others for self-serving objectives. Does anyone believe that the OWS movement in the US had any idea of what their real mission was? Nor do the 'revolutionaries' with all of their Islamist and Jihadist names understand their mission or who their masters are.

    Liberals and Progressives think that the answer is to add these radicals and rebels unto our welfare system. Feed them, clothe them, give them iPhones, spending money, etc., through generous foreign aid (paid for by our taxpayers, of course). The real solution, capitalism and free market systems, is unavailable to these 'warriors' because they are entrapped by their dictatorships, whether secular or Islamist. Egypt under Morsi and Syria another another Brotherhood fanatic could easily be worse off than they were under Mubarak and Assad, as difficult as that may seem to believe. Did the lives of Iranians improve after the Ayattolah ousted their monarch? Not really, unless the acquisition of nuclear weapons is considered social and economic progress.

    • Drakken

      Brilliant ! Lets feed the leftist/progressives to the muslims and get on with making the west great again! As for the savages killing each other? Let them slaughter each other to their little jihadists hearts content.

  • Rita

    Daniel, your writing takes my breath away. If only your words and your razor sharp insight were real bullets hitting this cancer – there might be a chance of survival for us.


    Merry Christmas …..every one of these muslims that stop breathing is a gift to humanity. The islam carbon footprint is tooo big to be ignored day in day out. All this strife in the middle east in islam is Mother Nature's way of dealing with the cancer that is islam that has latched on ot her body. Mother Nature has even shown us how to remove it with the gift of the atom but we are not ready to help Mother Nature.
    If we don't help Mother Nature get rid of this cancer Mother Nature in disgust and pain will turn the tables on us. I have a feeling this is slowly happening. The more we twiddle our thumbs the faster islam advances.
    islam is wasting our money. The problem is islam mimics good for evil.
    The problem with islam is that the more the stupid the better the muslim .
    Our fundamental flaw is that we see muslims as people and islam as some kind of religion. We have to see ourselves as they see us……
    Our global demise is written in arabic. Islam is a Monkey making virusss…They’re still monkeys and can never be anything else. A monkey looking virus is upon the earth. This virus talks….what should we do ? if small pox could talk would we still have eradicated it ? i’m sure we would have….100%. So what are we waiting for ? Christmas ?

  • David. Thailand

    I started reading this article without noting the author. At the end of the third paragraph I paused and said to myself, "This is definitely the Sultan's work."

    Well done, Daniel, you have created your own trademark of blunt common sense and troubling truths.

  • 911 Infidel

    Bloody brilliant article !! Well done Mr Greenfield.

  • @relpo_

    Brilliant article. Greenfield nails it. The rest of the world ignores it…

  • LindaRivera

    It is unforgivable that Western leaders regularly finance, arm, and sometimes even wage war for the most radical, savage Muslim terrorists.

    How far and how low Western civilization has fallen under these immoral Western leaders.