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The Council Has Spoken!! 4-22-2011

The Council Has Spoken!!

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week, carved eternally in the records of cyberspace.

There has been a great deal of coverage of events in Libya and Egypt, probably because the Obama Administration has been heavily involved in seeking regime change there. But there has been comparatively little involvement by the Obama Administration ( and hence, little coverage) devoted to events in Syria, the real game changer in the Middle East. That’s something this week’s winner, my piece over at Joshuapundit entitled The Real Battle In The Middle East: Syria took an in-depth look at . Here’s a slice:


Another significant factor is the tribal one, as in Libya. The al-Assads belong to the minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shia Islam. During their reign, they have made sure to stock the military and the government with their fellow Alawites. Most Syrians, on the other hand, are Sunnis. And there are significant minorities of Druse (Arabs but not Muslims) and Kurds (Sunni Muslims, but not Arabs) who have long suffered second class status in Syria. In short, there are lots of people whom bear a grudge against the Assad regime.

Assad has managed to survive because many of his troops ( if not all) are still willing to shoot down their own people, but there’s a practical limit to how far that can go before it becomes unsustainable. And however violent the crackdown, it isn’t going to affect Syria’s economic problems in the least.

If the Assad regime falls, it will have repercussions throughout the entire Middle East and beyond. Iran would lose an important ally, as well as a badly needed terminus for arms shipments to its proxies Hezbollah and Hamas, which is exactly why Iran is helping Assad with the crackdown on his own people. Hezbollah would have difficulty maintaining its hold on Lebanon, and would have to face any conflict with Israel on its own, while Hamas would lose a haven for its high command in Damascus, making it a lot more isolated and likewise facing a lot more difficulty obtaining arms.

Oddly enough, one of the best things Basher Assad has going for him is the Obama Administration. While there have been a few perfunctory statements about the regimes brutality towards the protesters, we’re not hearing anything like we heard about Egypt’s Mubarak, or Libya’s Khaddaffi.

Instead, we’re hearing the likes of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton describe this brutal dictator as ‘a reformer’, the UN tribunal that linked the murder of Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri to key members of the Assad regime has effectively been sidelined and Assad’s good friend Senator John Kerry continues to shill for him in Washington. The UN’s ‘Responsibility To Protect’ doctrine? Never heard of it when it comes to Syria.

This week’s winner by a nose in our non-Council category was our old friend Zombie over at Pajamas Media, who worked the usual photo-journalistic magic with Tea Party vs. US Uncut: A San Francisco Tax Day Showdown , a comparison of two diametrically opposed rallies in Gomorrah-By-The -Bay.

Here are this week’s full results:

Council Winners

*First place with 4 votes! Joshuapundit–The Real Battle In The Middle East: Syria

Second place *t* with 1 1/3 votes New Zeal-Is George Soros A Communist Agent?

Second place *t* with 1 1/3 votes GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD-Syria Delirious

Second place *t* with 1 1/3 votes Simply Jews-Pastor Sizer: crossing the red line of anti-Israeli discourse

Third place with 1 voteBookworm Room Who can you trust? Or how one Leftist may be breaking free of the Goebbels’ school of Leftist lying

Fourth place *t* with 2/3 voteThe Colossus of RhodeyLate Credit

Fourth place *t* with 2/3 voteThe Noisy RoomTea Time in Wisconsin

Fourth place *t* with 2/3 voteThe Glittering EyeDeluged With Budgets, Overwhelmed With Questions

Fourth place *t* with 2/3 voteThe Political CommentatorPresident Obama, the budget/deficit battle and the 2012 presidential elections

Fifth place with 1/3 voteRight Truth How Are These Wars Working Out For Us?

Non-Council Winners

First place with 2 votes! – Zombie/Pajamas Media- Tea Party vs. US Uncut: A San Francisco Tax Day Showdown submitted byBookworm Room

Second place with 1 2/3 votes – American Thinker/ C. Edmund WrightThird Party? Read the Fine Print First submitted by Rhymes With Right

Third place with 1 1/3 vote –JR Nyquist.Com Say “Goodbye” to the Dollar submitted by New Zeal

Fourth place *t* with 1 vote –Sarah Palin Video and Transcript of the Tax Day Tea Party Speech in Madison, Wisconsin submitted by Joshuapundit

Fourth place *t* with 1 vote –PunditaDo Sarkozy’s actions toward Libya relate to the day the world changed? Pundita turns to the spirit world for an answer submitted by The Glittering Eye

Fourth place *t* with 1 vote –Keith HennisseeUnderstanding The S&P Report submitted by VA Right

Fourth place *t* with 1 vote –Roger’s Rules/Pajamas Media Why It’s OK for the U.S. Govt. to Burn Bibles But Condemn Burning the Koran submitted by The Political Commentator

Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote –Wings Over Iraq Churchill, Strategy, and Positive Thinking submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD

Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote –WSJ Ideas Market Twin Lessons: Have More Kids. Pay Less Attention to Them submitted by The Colossus Of Rhodey

Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote –Jihad WatchMuslims protest Tennessee anti-terror legislation submitted by The Watcher

Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote –Christian Hate?Men are a waste of space, and the BBC has the stats to prove it submitted by Simply Jews

Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote –Aish.ComIsrael: Defying The Odds submitted by The Watcher

See you next week…and I join the rest of us here at the Watcher’s Council in wishing everyone a joyous and blessed Easter.

The Council Has Spoken!!

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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