An unholy alliance between fundamentalists and neo-capitalism

There is nothing new about exploiting religion for the sake of influence. All religions have done this starting from the crusades and even  before and ending with what is happening now in the region of the Middle East. Exploited and misconstrued Islam has become the Halloween mask used to scare, to coerce and to bully.

Syria and for the past ten years has been witnessing horrendous events that started with protests but quickly took a different tangent, borrowing the mantle of religion and the sword of faith.

Distancing themselves as much as possible from the Islam ( in their practices) yet professing to ride under its banner, extremists flooded from the four corners of the world into Syria. Their aim was Jihad (to fight for God). Sadly , theirs was a narrative that scarred the face of Islam and did much to abort the good that moderate Islam had done in Syria and the Middle East.

Fortified by money and provided with logistics by the west, the US, Turkey and Saudi ,extremists strengthened their backbone and began their fight against culture, humanity and most of all against women.

Reneva Fourie a South African political analyst living in Syria has written an enlightening article about the complexity of what is happening in the Middle East and the unholy alliances erected in this area. Below is her article in full:

Conflict in West Asia has escalated over the past decade, resulting in over 2.5 million deaths to date.  Yemen is in tatters as the war there is largely ignored. Peace in Afghanistan remains elusive. Troops of the United States of America (USA) remain in Iraq. The Palestinian/ Israeli conflict is no closer to an end given Trump’s pitiful peace plan that awards disparate pieces of land to Palestinians, which when aggregated amount to less than 20 percent of historical Palestine. Bloody battles ensue as Syrian government forces are close to taking back West Aleppo and Idlib (the last remaining towns controlled by non-government forces) and attention is now on Lebanon as concerns increase around whether the protests will lead to war.

Amin Hotiet to ST: Israel has not achieved the goals of its attacks on Syria at strategic and military levels

Lebanese strategic and military expert retired Brigadier General Amin Hotiet has argued that the only way to confront the Israeli enemy's repeated attacks on Syria necessitates the possession of double military power system,which is not available now for several reasons. 
 
This power will both confront the attacks and target the heart of the Israeli enemy, but Syria has not  yet moved towards possessing it because of its priorities list in which the liberation of all Syrian territories from terrorist groups is No.1.

Exclusive statement from Retired Virginia state senator Richard Black to the Syria Times

Retired Virginia state senator Richard Black argued that the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's criticism of America’s embrace of transgenderism, marijuana use, and homosexual marriage was entirely accurate.

He said in a statement sent on Wednesday to the Syria Times e-newspaper under the title "Syria’s President Decries America’s Decaying Moral Values," the Senator said:

President Assad recently criticized America’s embrace of transgenderism, marijuana use, and homosexual marriage. Sadly, his remarks were entirely accurate.

Syrian citizens: Recent terrorist crimes express the bankruptcy of the terrorist organizations & their sponsors

Governorates (ST): The US and the Turkish regime have been working to revive the terrorist Daesh (ISIS) organization to implement colonialist agendas at the expense of the blood of the Syrian people who have proved that these agendas are doomed to inevitable failure thanks to the great sacrifices of the Syrian Arab Army.

In Lattakia, Moammad Khadra affirmed that the terrorist attacks against Syrian people would not dissuade the Syrian people from pressing ahead with their struggle against terrorism and its supporters.

Hussein Hamdan, a student at the faculty of engineering, stressed that the Syrian people would not tolerate the perpetrators of these heinous crimes, noting that Washington’s attempts, whether in economic blockade or  in terrorist attacks, would fail thanks to the heroic deeds of the Syrian Arab army men.

Nour al-Miftah said that the Syrian people have been rallying behind the Syrian Arab army and is confident that this army is capable to defeat terrorism and force the occupation troops out of the Syrian territories.

Syrians: Syrian Arab Army is able to put an end to terrorist crimes and eradicate terrorism from every inch of Syrian territory

Governorates (ST): Instructed by their operators, the terrorist tools renew their attacks against Syrians targeting their security and stability in the areas liberated from terrorism in an attempt to obstruct the efforts being exerted by the state to restore normal life and increase the suffering of the Syrians. But the Syrians are determined  to rally behind their army and continue relentlessly the process of building and construction of their homeland.

Syrian citizens held the states which support terrorism, on top of which are the US and the Turkish regime, responsible for supporting terrorist organizations in launching attacks against the Syrian people, the latest of which was the terrorist attack on a bus  in the Syrian Al-Badia region which caused the martyrdom and injury of a number of citizens and army personnel.