Sunday, April 24, 2011

We have no Middle East policy

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets across Syria today, and the opposition says more than 75 protesters have been killed, in what by many accounts has been the bloodiest day in a five-week-long revolt against the Syrian regime.

"Bullets started flying over our heads like heavy rain," one witness in Izraa, a southern village in Daraa province, told the Associated Press.

Protests were reported across the country -- in the Damascus suburb of Douma, in the central cities of Hama and Homs, in Latakia and Banias on the coast, in the northern cities of Raqqa and Idlib, and in Daraa, where the uprising began a little more than one month ago.

We invade Iraq and Afghanistan. We freely bomb Pakistan and Libya. We support the overthrow of allies in Tunisia and Egypt. But, we allow the slaughter of civilians by our ally in Yemen and our enemies in Syria and Iran.

There is no rhyme or reason to U.S. policy in the Middle East.

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