Guiz, time for no fly zone?
With all respect, you are describing morals (or the lack thereof), not culture. Sure, one could argue that culture fosters such immorality. But, on a more fundamental level it is a matter of human nature combined with unchecked power. In other words, regardless of the trappings of culture, historically speaking, a technologically superior society will generally exploit a technologically inferior society.
That said, the political culture -a classical liberal republic based on the rights of the citizen/individual - that emerged out of Europe in the 19th Century is superior to the political culture of traditional Arab societies.
I agree, however, that the classical liberal model with its emphasis on civil rights cannot be simply transplanted on to other societies.
I also agree (as you probably already know) that contemporary declarations of moral indignation and judgement are all too often the epitome of hypcorisy.
The worse thing is that they do not realize this.
An European doing the same as an American is aways more classy, superior and civilized, even if such thing is killing people.
Anyway I maintain my idea that is cultural.
In early March, Syrian security forces seized large shipment of weapons, explosives and night-vision goggles in a truck coming from Iraq. However, apparently not all weapons were seized..
The Syrian TV broadcast pictures showing the weapons, ammunitions and big amounts of money stockpiled by the armed gang inside al-Omari Mosque.
The pictures showed various types of weapons and ammunitions including hand grenades, machineguns and Kalashnikov rifles.
Two months ago, the General Supervisor of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria, Riyad al-Shaqfa, announced the group's return to military action in the country.
1226: Al Sununu tweets: "Demonstrations in Homs are a big blow to the Asad regime. Lots of Alawites live in the city and most of them are strong loyalists#Syria"
1243: In Syria, the BBC's Lina Sinjab says about 100 citizens gathered today in al Qraya town in Sweida governorate, in the south of the country (it's the hometown of Syrian independence leader Sultan Basha al-Atrash). But the would-be demonstrators found a huge crowd of pro-government Bathists had occupied the main square.
If I were a Christian or a member of a religious minority in Syria, I would have a plan "B".
NATO should also have a plan given that one of its members shares a border and may face an influx of refugees if Syria breaks-up.