During your questioning of the independent thinker who should become our next Secretary of Defense, a man who is not a surrogate of the Israel lobby; like yourself and most of your colleagues, you mentioned chemical weapons and Syria. I want you to know that the so-called Free Syrian Army is a real threat with chemical weapons too. They have been backed by our disreputable allies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar that are Wahhabi states that repress women, have terrible civil liberties, and no democratic rights whatsoever for their people. They are antediluvian states that are ripe for Arab Springs, and having genuine democracy sprout up in them. Saudi Arabia has invaded neighboring Bahrain, and continually worked to repress a grassroots democratic movement/revolution there.

Syria is undeniably authoritarian, but it is a complex society, with many sects that are protected much better under the Arab nationalist Assad government — than they would be under a Salafi/Muslim Brotherhood Islamic fascist potential successor state. Such as that of Mohamed Morsi’s Egypt (where virtually all of the Coptic Christians have resigned from his ranks). I have great fear for the Alawites, the Druze and the Christians of Syria: the Melkites, Syriacs, Maronites, Chaldeans and other groups. Should these Salafi and Wahhabi killers backed by retrograde American-allied states gain in their power. Laurent Fabus, the French Foreign Minister, has said, “We cannot let a revolution that started as a peaceful and democratic protest degenerate into a conflict of militias.”

The best answer is to urge KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and Qatar to stop their destabilization. A non-violent political solution that can assure that Sunni Islamic fundamentalists do not come to power is the only way in Syria. The Syriacs/Arameans — who speak Aramaic the language that Jesus Christ spoke — want a dialogue among all of the groups with no preconditions; they want a ceasefire; they want the stopping of the importation of all foreign weapons; they want an abeyance of the economic sanctions; and they want an ending to the recruitment of foreign fighters into their land. Moaz al-Khatib, who leads the Syrian National Coalition, the group of exiles who support armed intervention against the Syrian government, and who are backed by the Western and Gulf Arab countries, now advocates talks with Bashar al-Assad’s people. Several civic groups that reject the armed struggle, and oppose foreign military intervention — also favor a ceasefire, and a negotiated solution along the lines that Lakdar Brahimi could foreseeably shape.

We need to call off our running dogs (Turkey too has been in this sordid mix as well); let clearer heads prevail, and not simply rush to expel a regime that is independent of us — that we might not like 100%. We may not like that our corporations, and other Western nations’ corporations do not have free rein there, that we do not string-pull their political leadership, and that Syria has been an ally of Iran and Hezbollah; however, in terms of human rights, it is imperative that Sunni fundamentalists, do not take over power in Syria. Instead of shortsighted geopolitical goals and the national interest of Israel, we have to work for a broad-minded political solution in Syria.

p.s. The center-right paper of Turkey, Today’s Zaman, has reported that the political adviser to the so-called Free Syrian Army recently claimed that his group is capable of putting together the components of chemical weapons. Bassam al-Dada has said that the so-called Free Syrian Army has the raw materials to do it, as well as to use them. http://www.todayszaman.com/news-303056-free-syrian-army-denies-claims-it-has-chemical-weapons-will-use-them.html