I have a friend in the ME; during the Arab Spring, particularly the Egyptian portion, he and I exchanged news articles frequently and talked regularly about the people and events. Pro- west Mubarak was, in fact, evil to many of his own people; but so was Obama to his. Assad, much the same, is a double edged situation. While he has tried, at least before the uprisings, to protect the minority populations from Muslim abuse, he has been a hard nosed and often brutal dictator too. The thing about Islam is that they can’t even be at peace with each other, so to run a nation of them seems to require such a person. That’s a sad statement, but it appears to be the truth. Al Sisi has been trying to do so along slightly less hard lines, with only minimal, at best, success, in protecting the minorities there. Hussein in Iraq was much the same as Assad and Mubarak, in how they managed the nations they run or ran. Their own people seem to hate them, but stability was largely achieved. The media, for the most part would take a story, and you could LITERALLY simply interchange who were the “bad guys” and who were the “good guys”, it was virtually the exact same story published in both regions. But the bottom line is that NONE of that is the West’s business to be meddling in; it’s their business. They have to settle their own affairs their own way; we need to stay OUT of it! AND we need to stop moving their people to regions in which they will never fit, by virtue of their own beliefs and attitudes.