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I’ve been asked about my perspective on the current situation in the Middle East.
I summarized most of what I said:
The fall of Iraq and Afghanistan have played a significant role in this situation. The equipment and weapons left behind by the U.S. have reportedly made their way into the hands of Hamas, with neighboring countries potentially involved in the process. Clearly the 1st, 2nd and 3rd order effects were not considered. Or if they were, there wasn’t enough backing from the politicians to back it. There is also that 6 billion dollar that the U.S. to Iran have been used to support these activities.
Consequently, there appears to be a failure in both intelligence gathering and political policy, particularly in terms of considering the broader regional impact. U.S. politicians have been preoccupied with internal conflicts rather than collaborating effectively. This short-sightedness is evident in their focus on short-term gains for re-election, rather than adopting a long-term perspective.
War and geopolitics should not be treated as a sporting event where we choose sides. Instead, it should be about the rights of all individuals to live in peace, regardless of their skin color, sex, or religion. Holding governments and organizations accountable for their actions is what the people need to do.
As someone who has personally experienced the horrors of the Lebanese and Liberian civil wars as a kid. Then going to war as an adult, I can attest that there is no glory to be found amidst the chaos and destruction. War brings pain and suffering, affecting not only the combatants but also innocent civilians caught in the crossfire.
War leaves scars that go beyond physical injuries.
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In addition, Ayman is an Army Combat Veteran who was deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005. He became a police officer in 2007 after 8 years of service in the Army
Ayman has seen the ugliness of war and evil in the world. He survived two civil wars prior to immigrating to the United States in the late eighties.
His current position is the commander of his department’s Problem-Oriented Policing Unit. He leads a team of investigators that employs unconventional methods and Special Forces philosophy in achieving specific objectives in the communities he serves. These unconventional methods range from winning hearts and minds to specific strategic law enforcement actions to arrest and prosecute those who are the root cause of various crimes.
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