Obama told NASA’s chief that his top priority should be Muslim self-esteem.
The Syrian state news agency announced on Tuesday that a national “space agency” will be established to conduct scientific research.
The statement said the cabinet had approved a project to create the so-called Syrian Space Agency, “with the goal of using space technology for exploration and observing the earth” and that it hopes to employ such technology “in the service of development.”
That seems entirely reasonable. If I were living in Syria, I would want to observe some other part of the planet too. But considering that Syrian Muslims can’t even get along with each other, how will they get along with non-Muslim space aliens? Maybe Assad is just looking for new species to make contact with, oppress and then gas?
Some cynics might say that Assad is just hoping to escape to Mars if he loses Damascus. Other say that he’s gambling that if he promises that it will be a sustainable Green space program, Obama will help him pay for it.