July 14, 2017
Washington, DC – John Hines, Senior OAN Political Correspondent
A stable, secure Syria is possible, if the United States is willing to rethink its policy toward Russia and its ally Bashar al Assad, says California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“This cease-fire should be an example of what we can accomplish if we are working in cooperation with Russia. Over the last two years, what we have seen is this unrelenting hostility and to actually create a worse relationship rather than a cooperative relationship although we face the same enemy which is radical Islamic terrorism,” the Congressman observes.
Radical Islamic terrorism is the enemy after all, but it is exactly that enemy which would benefit with Assad gone, Rohrabacher believes.
“If you get rid of Assad, yeah, there’s a couple groups there that are sort of democratic, but you get rid of Assad and they are not the ones who are gonna end up in charge of that government, radical Islamic terrorist will be in charge of that government. And the Christians will be slaughtered by these people,” he says.
And those Christians have been safe in Syria for the past thirty years, so-too-has been neighboring Israel which has maintained a long-standing peace with both Bashar al Assad and his father, says Rohrabacher. All of which is good reason to think long and hard before further destabilizing the Assad regime.
“Assad and the Russians just the other day were able with their bombing to kill the head of ISL. I mean this is a great thing for America to have the head of this Radical Islamic Terrorist organization taken out of action–completely taken out of action–we should be working in cooperation when they do that, rather than trying to overthrow the government because ‘It’s a dictatorship’…well so are these other countries in the region who are our allies,” he opines.
The situation in Syria is complex. And it would appear, according to at least one GOP Congressman, that America may benefit by pursuing a policy that better reflects this complexity rather than evaluating Syria and its ally Russia in a narrow, simplistic dimension.