Obama, “Where do We Go From Here?”

In my analysis of the information available from many different sources, I find that the US is in a quandary about what to do the Middle East. Where does America draw the line? This could escalate into the next Iraq or total war in the Middle-East, where we have very few friends. It should be time and lessons learned that the US must not intervene in the state of affaires of a Foreign Nation. There is a time to War, and time for peace. The US has problems at home and should attend to those as a first priority. Simply speaking we the American People and the US Government can not afford another Trillion Dollar bid for peace. These countries will accept our help, and then accuse us of stealing their Oil, occupying their lands and mandating our culture on them. It is time to let go and resolve our problems at home.

The Middle Eastern Countries do not want us!

Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, blamed “conspirators” for two weeks of anti-government protests that have rocked the nation but failed to lift emergency rule or offer other concessions.
In his first address to the nation since the start of a violent crackdown on protests demanding greater freedoms that erupted earlier this month, Assad said Syria was going through a “test of unity”.”I belong to the Syrian people, and whoever belongs to the Syrian people will always keep his head high,” he said in the televised address before members of parliament in the capital, Damascus, on Wednesday.”I know that the Syrian people have been awaiting this speech since last week, but I was waiting to get the full picture … to avoid giving an emotional address that would put the people at ease but have no real effect, at a time when our enemies are targeting Syria,” he said.

Serious Grievances’

“Many Syrians have serious grievances which they want addressed, but many others appreciate the peace and stability they have enjoyed under the Assad regimes compared to the catastrophes suffered by Iraq and Lebanon,” Patrick Seale, who wrote a biography of Assad’s late father, Hafez said in a telephone interview from London yesterday.

Assad said today that Syria was the victim of a “huge conspiracy” and that his regime is “the last obstacle in the face of the Israeli plot.”

Syria has been in a state of war with Israel since the creation of the Jewish state and Syrian state-run media often refers to Israeli plots against the country.

LIBYA who is Friendly and who is not?

“There’s no way of knowing what’s friendly territory or not. Front lines change hour by hour, and the military doesn’t receive that information immediately, nor are commanders “100 per cent” certain where friendly forces are positioned. The coalition’s method of targeting Gaddafi‘s troops seems comparatively unsophisticated, relying not on vehicle markings or on-the-ground intelligence sources but on simple behaviour, a “sure sign of intent”. “First of all, they watch them for a while, they can see [the unit] and observe it, they can see where they’re going and coming from, they can watch tanks… if they turn north toward the fighting and fire toward what is known as a civilian target, [we] would attack them. “But it’s a pretty high burden of truth.”

In Iraq, US air forces used radio technology to identify whether vehicles were friendly, but in Libya discerning opposing sides is extremely difficult, said David Hartwell, a UK-based Middle East security specialist for Jane’s Defence Weekly.

The problem stems from a lack of education and a fluid battle with ill-defined front lines that leave pockets of opposition and loyalist forces scattered throughout the country, he said. Since the air campaign began only recently, it’s possible that crews don’t fully understand the political attitudes on the ground in Libya.”There perhaps hasn’t been time for the education process.”  “Clearly these pilots, these guys in these situations have to think on their feet, and to some extent you’ve got be a bit of a diplomat.”The military’s default reaction to a downed pilot is to expect the worst and defer to the opinion of the man on the ground, he said, but since the UN resolution was specifically meant to protect Libyans from harm, there is a “huge onus” on avoiding civilian casualties.Ultimately, the life-or-death choice over the proper response lies in the hands of the responding pilot, improvising his reaction based on information provided by an anxious airman who doesn’t speak Arabic and just ejected into unknown territory.

Not knowing whether the approaching trucks were friendly or loyal to Gaddafi, “The  pilot may well have sort of reviewed the situation [and] said, ‘Well yes, I can stop the convoy, but I don’t necessarily have to blow it up,” Hartman said.

More reading:

Obama ‘orders covert help for Libya rebels’ – Americas – Al Jazeera English.