Look at what you wrote. You essentially blamed Hillary for Russia annexing the Crimea, for their pseudo-invasion of the Ukraine, and for the civil wars in Syria and Libya.

As if Hillary — or even Obama — somehow ruled the world, and could tell rulers of other nations what to do, or what not to do. That’s like blaming George W. Bush (and his secretary of state) for Russia’s annexation of Georgia. In other words, instead of assigning blame to ex-KGB colonel Putin who personally ordered the annexations and invasion, you’re blaming an American politician whom you happen to despise.

Looking at Libya and Syria, again, you’re assigning blame to Hillary without even attempting to consider the other factors involved. For instance, most estimates indicate about a million Iraqi refugees settled in Syria, fleeing our invasion of Iraq and the subsequent rise of ISIS filling the power vacuum our invasion had created. This led to a breakdown and fragmentation of societal norms within Syria, all the fuel that was needed for a civil war. All that was left was to wait for the spark to ignite that fuel.

What you should learn is that Islam is at least as fragmented as mainstream Christianity is, and Syria — being supported by Shi’a Iran but bordered by Sunni nations — is on the front lines of that fragmentation. If you’d learn about the conflict, you’d realize that the Sunni and Shi’a hate each other FAR more than they hate or distrust Israel or America.

Do yourself a favor and read “The Shi’a Revival” by Vali Nasr, who was at the time a professor at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and the book was recommended reading for U.S. naval officers (I’m retired Navy enlisted). In the book, he quotes al-Zarkawi, then the second-in-command of al-Qaeda (which is strictly Sunni): “My brothers, keep up the fight against the Zionists and the Great Satan, but never forget that the real enemy are the apostate Shi’a.”

In other words, Israel and America are the excuse for Islamic terrorism. The hatred that Shi’a and Sunni have for each other is the underlying reason. Why do you think Saudi Arabia’s military budget is higher than Russia’s? They’re worried about conflicts with the Shi’a. When it comes to Iran having nukes, it’s not because they want to bomb America or Israel, but because they’ve got nuclear-armed Sunni Pakistan next door.

One more thing — there are Jews who live peacefully in Islamic countries. I’ve seen it myself in Dubai. In Iran, Jews are a protected minority by order of Ayatollah Khomenei. Why, then, is there so much anti-Israel rhetoric coming from Muslims? It’s not because Israel is Jewish, but because Israel is Zionist. Zionism is a far-right version of Judaism, just as there are far-right versions of Islam. But do you see this discussed on right-wing sites? Somehow I doubt it.

I hope you can see by now that there’s many factors that led to what was happening in Libya and Syria…and that (except for our illegal and unwarranted invasion of Iraq and the follow-on effects thereof) America had little to do with what led to their civil wars.

Was any of these discussed on the right-wing sites that seem to have influenced your opinion? Probably not. Please consider looking past the inflammatory rhetoric to what’s really happening, and then form your opinions.

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Retired Navy. Inveterate contrarian. If I haven’t done it, I’ve usually done something close.

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