Daniel McAdam’s makes a great observation at the Lew Rockwell blog. He points to a recent interview with “Iran’s Ambassador to Lebanon, Ghazanfar Roknabadi, which appeared in the respected Lebanese Daily Star newspaper.”
Roknabadi told the Daily Star that the Iranian government had been under pressure to convince Syrian president Bashar al-Assad not to run again for president. As Syria’s only regional ally, Iran presumably has a good deal of influence with the Assad government.
[U.N. Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey] Feltman, during a visit to Iran last summer, asked officials to convince Assad not to run in the elections. The Iranian officials asked him: ‘What’s the problem if he runs,’ to which Feltman responded: ‘If he runs, he will win the elections.’
Feltman is not just any UN bureaucrat. In the revolving door between the UN and US government, he previously served as US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from August 2009 to June 2012 and as United States Ambassador to Lebanon from July 2004 to January 2008. Before that he served in post-”liberation” Iraq.
I certainly agree that Bashar al-Assad has been a brutal killer in Syria. But I think everyone should realize that, by definition, whoever gains the title of leader of Syria is going to have to be just as or more brutal and dangerous to keep order. What reason do we have to believe that anyone else would be a kinder, gentler ruler? Certainly none of the Islamist, Christian-torturing and Christian-killing “rebels” are going to be better for Syria.
It seems that the State Department knows that, if Bashar al-Assad was to run for re-election, he would win. I thought we wanted Democracy in the Middle East.
Ha! Just kidding. I knew we wanted to turn it into the same demonic playground we have created in Libya. For the US, the precondition for “democracy” is that the only people who have the right to vote on a final decision for the government of any country on earth are all employed by the State Department and/or the Pentagon.