Just as Lebanon in its days of peace was ruled rather unfairly by the Maronite Christian minority (but not unfairly enough to justify what happened there thanks to Iran), Syria is ruled and has been for decades by a Shiite minority
under Assad father and Son. Again, they favoured their co-religionists and oppressed the Sunni majority.
The current fight is between Bashar Al Assad and his Shiite cohorts heavily supported by Iran, versus the Sunni majority supported and supplied with weapons by Saudi Arabia and Vladimir Putin's Russia.
Have you noticed how news organizations keep simple information like this a secret, so "they know something you don't" in a sing song voice. It's childish. This was spoken out forthrightly by Katty Kay the BBC correspondent for BBC America on a CNN roundtable discussion. The other 5 people around the table hesitated as if she'd farted loudly at the table, then veered off on 5 different directions. God forbid the American public should be informed properly.
As far as I'm concerned most of the American networks are involved in this "I know something you don't" with the American public. Fox does it deliberately, the rest do it because they like being better informed than the "proles" out in "TV-Land" for whom most have nothing but contempt, rather like Representatives in the House of Reps, and Senators and the Democratic and Republican operatives who like to be in the know. Teapublicans of course are the modern incarnation of the Know Nothings of the 1840's, and true to the old name, don't care what the truth is, they have their divinely inspired wisdom which they want to force down everyone's throat. It's exactly the same as the Reagan era and the Fundamentalist Christians who supported him in hope of creating a Theocracy in the US. The Teapublicans are equally religiously inspired, and equally devoted to the destruction of the First Amendment, specifically the Separation of Church and State. They want the Church (certain churches) to rule over the State, and judge what sorts of laws should be permitted.
None of that lets the solipsistic (self-involved) news networks who love to stir the pot, but don't want any sort of clarity to emerge. Conflict sells newspapers and airtime. Clarity tends to calm everything down, and people don't read or watch as avidly as if the world were going to blow up in the next 5 minutes. It's cheap and cynical, and despicable, and business as usual. At least Fox is honest about its bias and deliberate slanting of the news.
BBC still seems the only safe news to watch, with NPR for domestic interests.
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