I believe little of what comes out of the Middle East. This isn’t because I take anyone’s side, but because the natives have such a small amount of influence relative to the other powers that be. So many conflicting interests are concentrated in areas with such a messed up economy and competing native interests that is is almost impossible for a casual observer to understand the complexities of the issue.
Imagine if two groups of junior high kids were going to have a fight over who gets to sit at the blue table with the cool cup holders. However, two major teams in MMA found that the results of their fight was in their interests in ways that had no relation to the interests of the junior high kids. So they join each side in the conflict as allies, in a way, but with vastly different goals. As the fight occurs, other MMA teams get recruited by the original MMA teams with totally different interests … and some rich bankers buy off various middle schoolers to switch sides or employ new junior high kids to join the match. Then the local gun store gives them all guns as free samples, so they will buy more later. That is what happens in the Middle East. What is this fight about? That is an insanely complex question, but definitely it isn’t about who gets to sit at the blue table.
Who gassed the people in Syria and why? I don’t know, but, of course, everyone will claim it was the people who were against their interests.
My suggestion to people is not to try to figure it all out. My suggestion is just to get the MMA guys out of the junior high fight over the blue table. We should’ve let them work their own shit out … now the middle school is destroyed, and there are no good answers for anything.