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TAMPA, Fla. – I’m at the Republican convention, but I’m not going to be writing about the presidential election campaign, nor am I going to be talking about the weather.

Instead, I want to address a matter of national security and international stability few others are talking about with any understanding.

Let’s start with the question of what the U.S. is doing in the middle of the Syrian civil war.

There is no longer any question that Barack Obama’s administration has sided with al-Qaida and other Muslim Brotherhood terrorist groups in the effort to overturn the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

Now let me say that few have been harsher critics of the two-generation Assad dictatorship than I. As a Syrian-American myself, I have watched Bashar al-Assad and his father before him murder their own rebellious citizens. I’ve seen them turn away visitors to Syria based on their religious beliefs. I’ve seen them host various terrorist groups. I’ve seen them impose their will on neighboring Lebanon. I’ve seen them assassinate political opponents.

So, you might ask, “Farah, why are you opposed to the U.S. joining the campaign to topple Assad?”

That’s a very easy question to answer: The rebellion the U.S. is supporting will result in incomparably worse leadership than Assad.

In fact, in anticipation of what is coming from the Muslim Brotherhood attacks, Christians, long given a measure of protection by Assad in Syrian, are already fleeing for the lives.

And if Syria falls, Jordan will be next.

Do the math:

  • Egypt – under Muslim Brotherhood control;

  • Libya – under Muslim Brotherhood control;
  • The Palestinian Authority – under Muslim Brotherhood control;
  • If Syria, Jordan and Lebanon fall like dominoes, Israel will be completely surrounded by Sunni zealots who are perfectly comfortable with al-Qaida terrorists serving in top leadership positions.

The Muslim Middle East will be stratified in the following fashion: Saudi Arabia and a few Sunni Persian Gulf states standing alone – ironically most closely (albeit secretly) aligned with Israel. Iran will have its sphere of influence, backed by nuclear weapons and a growing Hezbollah army in Lebanon and, shortly, Iraq. The rest of the region will be dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood.

America has no interests in toppling Assad. Only a nation that wanted to provoke instability in the Middle East would be backing the Muslim Brotherhood.

And maybe that’s what Barack Obama wants.

How else can one explain America’s bizarre actions in the region?

Is Assad a bad guy?

Of course.

Will whoever follows him be worse – even much, much worse?

Absolutely.

What did we gain by toppling the monster Saddam Hussein in Iraq? Iraq is soon to become Iran’s closest ally. Is that an improvement? No way!

What did we gain by pulling the rug out from under the shah of Iran in 1979? Did that result in human-rights gains and more freedom and stability? No way!

What did we gain when we pulled the rug out from under Mubarak in Egypt? Did that result in better relations between the U.S. and Cairo? No way!

And what do we hope to gain by pulling the rug out from under Assad? Obviously more of the same.

But this is not the last domino – not by a long shot. When Assad falls, you can be sure the king of Jordan will be on the next flight out. It will represent the end of moderate, authoritarian regimes in the Middle East. U.S. influence will be all but gone. Israel will stand alone. Even Saudi Arabia no longer will count on the U.S. to defend it against what’s coming.

This catastrophe was determined by Barack Obama to be “the Arab spring.” He likes it.

Which proves he’s not only all about destroying the foundations of America. He’s also all about destroying the uneasy peace that has been in place in the Middle East since Camp David.

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