The Islamic State is considered a Syrian “rebel” group.
About a year ago, the U.S. was considering airstrikes against the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria. The president had even said that Assad had crossed a “red line” with chemical weapons.
However, now the U.S. finds itself bombing one of Assad’s enemies – the Islamic State – in Iraq. The U.S. is also making surveillance flights over Syria (supposedly to prepare to bomb the Islamic State in Syria).
Though numerous critics including Hillary Clinton have claimed that the U.S. should have bombed the Assad regime, we now find the U.S. and the Assad regime with a common enemy – the Islamic State. I.S. is considered a Syrian “rebel” group. Assad and the Islamic State are enemies.
This puts the U.S. in an awkward position.
Should the U.S. try to become Assad’s ally? Or should the U.S. declare both groups their enemy?
One more thing – Syria’s foreign minister warned the U.S. not to enter Syrian air space.
“A top Syrian official said Monday any U.S. airstrikes without consent from Syria would be considered an aggression” an AP report said.
Syria is a different place than is was just a year ago. Below is a video from a year ago with Rand Paul about the Syrian situation.
There are several examples of “proxy wars” in history between Russia (Soviet Union) and the United States. This is something to keep in mind as we watch events unfold in the Ukraine.
These were wars where the U.S. and Russia did not go “head to head” against each other, but rather, they supported another country in a war against the other.
For example, in the Soviet-Afghan war, the U.S. and other nations supported the Seven Party Mujahideen Alliance (or the “Peshawar Seven”) with weapons and money (reportedly in the billions of dollars) in order to help them fight the Soviet-led Afghan forces.
In the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese, the National Liberation Front and its military arm, the Viet Cong, received support from the Soviet Union and China. According to some analysts, by the late 1960s more than three-quarters of the military and technical equipment received by North Vietnam was coming from the USSR.
In the Korean War, the Soviet Union provided material aid to both the North Korean and Chinese armies. They provided weapons (including planes), medical services, and Soviet pilots to aid their fight against the United States.