Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Where are the good old days that the enemy of my enemy was my friend?

In Syria, no such simplistic analysis works.

  • The Kurds want independence, fight against troupes of the Syrian Government and ISIS and like Israel. No problem there.
  • The Syrian Government forces fight everyone including their own population and hate Israel most.
  • The US and Allied forces and Israel do not want to promote either Syrian Government forces nor the Rebels as they both are anti-Israel and anti-the West, but the US and Allied forces are now fighting Government forces anyway and the US and Allied forces are not shy about targeting Iran and ISIS.

I’m not even the beginning of an expert on Syria. I’m just asking as an outsider: what am I missing? Is this “only” everyone trying to kill everyone while the weapon industry makes fortunes and Syrians are all killed or try to flee the country (I would not call this a civil war, because there is nothing civil about it and the civilians are the only innocent ones), or is there some method to the madness?

However, although Jews and Jewish Israelis are often blamed for everything and the kitchen sink, neighboring Israel generally is not blamed for the war in Syria. Not yet.

Israel should continue to stay out of the conflict in Syria, as it has done over the last few years, except treating war victims, bombing nuclear reactors under construction, and guarding its borders.

However, the greatest danger in Syria seems to lie in the opposite goals of the US and Russia that could result in an armed confrontation between the two. Since Israel has the best relationship with the leaders of both nations, it could serve world peace if it coached the two superpowers towards a clear mutually acceptable deal. Israel should also insist that the they immediately stop the worst mass murders and take care of the worst health risks.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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