Thanks to a link provided by commenter Marcus Ranum, I want to bring to readers’ attention this gripping account by Adam Curtis of the of the twists and turns of post-World War II Syrian history, and how it interweaves with the histories of Iraq and Egypt. I am reposting it here because it deserves a much wider readership.
The 1949 military coup that the CIA engineered in Syria to replace the elected leader with their own man reminded me strongly of how the US overthrew the elected Iranian leader in 1953, replacing him with the hated Shah of Iran, and set in motion a chain of events that reverberate to this day, and should serve as a warning to those who glibly talk of the benefits of the US overthrowing the Syrian government. It is no surprise that people in countries like Egypt seem to be overwhelmingly opposed to US action against Syria, even if the Assad regime deliberately used chemical weapons. The only Arab countries voicing support are the ones without elected parliaments.
Curtis’s narrative was almost all new to me but you can be sure that it is well known to the Syrian people and will form the basis of how they view possible US military action in their country. And because we are ignorant of what they know, we will see their behavior as completely irrational and motivated just by hatred of western values, the way that we are told to view Iranian hostility to US meddling.