World Reacts To Air Strikes On Syria
Arab Nations, Not Europeans, Join US In Striking Syrian Targets
The United States and Arab allies bombed Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing dozens of Islamic State fighters and members of a separate al Qaeda-linked group. Key to the assault on ISIS was the participation of several Arab states, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
BBC’s Barbara Plett-Usher, Rafid Jabbouri in Amman and chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet discuss the implications of the strikes.
The Washington Post summarizes global reaction to the start of air strikes in Syria.
Is The World More Dangerous Now?
The Cato Institute’s Christopher Preble considers the question of whether the world in which we live is more dangerous than at any other point in time.
He concludes that the truth lies in how one perceives threats and that threats from the state should be of more concern than from nonstate actors.
“Many of those common dangers emanate from nonstate and substate actors, from terrorists and insurgents to revolutionaries and rebels. And while these threats are real, they pale in comparison to what states used to do to one another on a regular basis.
“Terrorism is, in fact, far less dangerous than widely believed. Consider, for example, that a total of 19 Americans have been killed in four separate terrorist incidents carried out by Islamist extremists on American soil since 9/11. For reference, 50 people were killed in just three separate incidents during a 14- month span in 2012 and 2013 (Aurora, Colorado; Newtown, Connecticut; and the Washington Navy Yard). Excluding U.S. military personnel, fewer Americans have been killed by terrorism globally since 2002 than have died from allergic reactions to peanuts (an average of 50–100 per year),” Preble posits.
Time To End The Myth That Life Was Better Under Saddam
Alex Rowell of NOW Lebanon contends too many are romanticizing the period during which Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq. While Rowell says such poetic license is okay for those far outside of mainstream reporting like filmmaker Michael Moore, it is not for more respectable outlets,
Those include Anne-Marie Slaughter who said in the New York Times that Saddam was “far less brutal” than Assad and the Washington Post, which published an op-ed by the son of a Saddam-era Iraqi Air Force member fondly remembering the pre-1990 “Iraq I loved and was proud of,” which was a “modern, Westernized and secular” marvel.
He reminds readers that Hussein killed some 150,000 Shiites in 1991, and well over 100,000 Iranians from 1980-88, and over 1,000 Kuwaitis in 1990, and untold thousands of Iraqis of every sect and ethnicity for any number of reasons at one point or another.
“Add the death toll of the current Syrian war to that of the 15-year-long Lebanese civil war, and throw in Hafez al-Assad’s massacre at Hama in 1982, and you’re still nowhere close to how many he killed,” he writes.