Kerry: Post-Assad Syria Will Be ‘Pluralistic’

kerry-riyadh_2499344bU.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, was recently interviewed about Syria.  While many of his assertions can be debated, one especially requires a response.  

Throughout the interview, he repeatedly insisted that, if Bashar Assad would only leave power, everything would go well — especially for all of Syria’s minorities.

In his words: “I believe that a peace can protect all of the minorities: Druze, Christian, Isma‘ilis, Alawites — all of them can be protected, and you can have a pluralistic Syria, in which minority rights of all people are protected.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Kerry declared that “The world would protect the Alawites, Druze, Christians, and all minorities in Syria after the ousting of Assad.”

The problem here is that we have precedent — exact precedent.  We’ve seen this paradigm before and know precisely what happens once strongman dictators like Assad are gone.

As demonstrated in this article, in all Muslim nations where the U.S. has intervened to help topple dictators and bring democracy, it is precisely the minorities who suffer first.  And neither the U.S. nor “the world” do much about it.

After the U.S. toppled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, Christian minorities were savagely attacked and slaughtered, and dozens of their churches were bombed (see here for graphic images). Indeed, Christians have been terrorized into near-extinction, so that today, a decade after the ousting of Saddam, more than half of them have fled Iraq.

The “world” did nothing.

Ever since U.S.-backed, al-Qaeda-linked terrorists overthrew Libya’s Qaddafi, Christians—including Americans—have been tortured and killed (including for refusing to convert), their churches bombed, and their nuns threatened.

Not much “pluralism” there.

Once the Muslim Brotherhood replaced Mubarak in Egypt — and all with U.S. support — the persecution of Copts practically became legalized, as unprecedented numbers of Christians—men, women, and children—were arrested, often receiving more than double the maximum prison sentence, under the accusation that they had “blasphemed” Islam and/or its prophet.

Not only did the U.S. do nothing — it asked the Coptic Church not to join the June Revolution that led to the ousting of the Brotherhood and Muhammad Morsi.

In short, where the U.S. works to overthrow secular autocrats, the quality of life for Christians and other minorities takes a major nosedive. In Saddam’s Iraq, Qaddafi’s Libya, and Assad’s Syria (before the U.S.-sponsored war), Christians and their churches were largely protected.

Today, Syria is the third worst nation in the world in which to be Christian, Iraq is fourth, Libya 13th, and Egypt 22nd.  Such are the fruits of U.S. intervention in the name of “democracy.”

So how can anyone, especially Christians and other minorities, have any confidence in Kerry’s repeated assurances that religious minorities will be safeguarded once secular strongman Assad is gone — and by the “world” no less — leading to a “pluralistic” Syria?

And from an American point of view, what are we to make of Kerry?  Is the U.S. Secretary of State that deluded and detached from reality, or, as Russian President Vladimir Putin once accused Kerry, also in the context of Syria: “he is lying and knows he is lying. It’s sad.”

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  • Bob

    Kerry is and always has been a moron and/or idiot, take your pick.

  • Bamaguje

    You didn’t mention Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia where U.S. allied regimes habitually trample on the rights of religious minorities, and the West does absolutely nothing about it. Hardly even condemnation.

    I understand that as Secretary of State, Kerry feels he needs to be seen to do something. But so far his meddling in the Middle east (Israeli-Palestinian ‘peace process’, Iran nuclear deal) has been either useless or counterproductive. He should give it a rest.

  • American1969

    Amateur Hour in Foreign Policy. What a disgrace.

  • henri la croix

    The more I read about this, the more I think it is een circus. It is scandalous that diplomats earn money by trying to impose the Western system upon Middle Eastern countries. The civil conflict in Syria is a war between ideologies, especially it is about who succeeded Muhammed; the winning ideology will make sure that their filosofy will be followed by everyone: their vison of islam, Koran, sharia. In the Middle East and in countries where islam is ruling, there will never be a democracy and certainly not a democracy as we know it. So let them worry about it themselves, it is not our business!!.

  • defcon 4

    I met a Syrian Jewish family once at an ACT for America meeting — their family had lived in Syria for generations, but they finally got tired of the systematic persecution all religious minorities enjoyed under the younger Assad and left. I believe Wafa Sultan didn’t have much praise for the islam0fascist regime of Assad either, I believe her death fatwah was pronounced by a Syrian imam, mullah (whatever).

  • T-Rex

    Pluralism? Yeah, right. See how many mullahs you can get on board with that concept. The only plurality that has a chance of becoming a reality is a plurality of Islamic States. Until our policy makers and diplomats realize that fact all they are doing is pissing into the wind. Kerry and Co. are up against a group of “community organizers” who achieve their goals with bombs and beheadings, not with petitions or filing grievances. The Western diplomats continue with their song and dance while the opposition is planting bombs under the stage.

  • Willy Rho

    A Treasonous Fool appointed by another Treasonous Fool and a Traitor to the USA and Western Civilization.

  • Leland64

    Traitor, liar, and gigolo – when has “Swifty” Kerry ever be right about anything? The truth is always 180 degrees from what ever he says. Bet on it.

  • Silver Garcia

    The time has come to kidnap this proud son of Massachusetts, where Ted Kennedy killed Mary Jo Kopechne, and serve him at midnight, doused in ketchup, in Ramadamadingdong on June 29th. ” Dinner is served” and Bon Appetit.

  • JCW

    I have rocks in my backyard that are more intelligent than him (Kerry). I wonder if he truly believes the things that come out of his mouth. Can someone really be that stupid? It boggles the mind. Regardless, there is no excuse for this malfunctioning carbon unit (and his co-minions). IMO

  • PhillipGaley

    Okay, sure, Kerry and Boxer and Feinstein, and Hillary, and Jerrett, and many others of their associates are delusional, and for the longest time have been, but withal, equally worth mention is the fact of so many USA citizens who are right in line with them, . . . too large a group of the USA have left their G0D, . . . and as appears to me, sewing to the wind, the nation is now set to reap a massive harvest in a whirlwind of destruction, . . .

  • Oliver Felts

    Astounding that we have so many absolute loons in our government.

  • veeper

    Kerry says….

    I have a freakish enormous head……

    Therefore I must have all the answers for all nations……

  • Veracious_one

    Kerry probably doesn’t know the definition of pluralistic …

  • Oliver Felts

    John Kerry is a knave and a fool.

  • ty

    Raymond loves Sissi!

  • EagleJim

    It’s the usual ploy by politicians: lie in order to get support, and then deal with the eventual contradictory outcome that they always knew would be coming. It’s akin to the old truism: it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.

  • celador2

    Where is the outrage of intervening in a civil war and installing untested Sunni ‘rebels’ who include Al Qaeda? Al Q execute by beheading Syrian Christians and and ethnically cleanse Kurds so far. Stay out of the Syrian ‘rebellion’ Kerry. DO not arm our enemies Al Q. They hit US three or four times on 9/11.