“Syria is burning;” why is no Western support given to democratisation?
When reviewing the support of revolts in Libya (the backward tribal country that falls under Sharia law,) Egypt on its way towards becoming an Islamic nation, and other countries than Syria, one must wonder who does the thinking in Washington, and why are they not aiming at the most promising targets, in this case, Syria. Why is Assad allowed to slaughter his people, while other were not allowed to simply manage autocracies?
It is time for the United States and its allies to support the Syrian revolution and help the Syrian intelligentsia create a secular democracy that could be the hub to Middle East stability.
Those countries that the US and its allies freed from autocratic rule that adopted Sharia law, cannot, and will not be friends of the United States and any of its [non-Muslim] allies. Living by Quran edicts eliminate the possibility of joining the [secular] global community. Unlike the Bible, the Quran insists on a number of behavioral issues (din, or way of life) that are a must if you wish to be a Muslim, no exceptions. The Quran does not have provisions for leaving the religion, except for death!
The Muslim Brotherhood already explained what it intends to do, not actions that will be favorable to the West.
As to trade with Israel, the US, and the EU gain a great deal from such trade, not even considering that Jewish interests will continue to be supportive in both places. Companies like Google, Microsoft, and other leaders that have a great deal of software developed in Israel. The Defense Department is getting a great deal from its exchange with Israel (Iron Shield, much drone technology, fire-control-system, feedback of desert operations, etc.)
Both the EU, and the US have more to lose than gain if they curtailed trade, and general relations with with Israel. Should Syria become a secular democracy, peace with Israel, and the elimination of support for Iranian support to Hamas and Hizzbollah, would likely follow…
As an aside: Arab League attempts to settle the situation in Syria cannot work, not only the League the proverbial “toothless tiger,” it could easily be bogged down when trying to resove differences where both competing sides are Muslims!