"When to Talk to Monsters" by Christopher R. Hill, Dean, International Studies at University of Denver.
" The Obama administration’s decision to engage Russia in diplomatic talks is a good but belated one. Russia, a key backer of the Syrian government, cannot by itself end the war, any more than the United States can. But together with countries like Britain, there is a chance, however slim, of a diplomatic breakthrough. The real shortcoming of the administration’s policy on Syria has not been an unwillingness to engage militarily — as critics of President Obama have suggested — but the ill-advised decision, in August 2011, to preclude the possibility of a diplomatic resolution involving all sides.
"Back then, when the United States cut off ties with Mr. Assad’s government and declared as a policy that he had to go, dictators in Tunisia and Egypt had just been toppled and Libya’s leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, was on the ropes, thanks largely to a NATO no-fly zone that protected rebels. But Syria was always a more complex situation.
"By repudiating Mr. Assad without any nuance, the administration complicated its ability to negotiate with minority Kurds, Christians and Druse, who are suspicious of Mr. Assad but even more fearful about the uncertainty that would accompany a takeover by Sunni-led rebels — many of whom espouse a strict interpretation of Islam, and some of whom have openly affiliated with Al Qaeda. Their participation is essential to any future Syria...."
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/16/opini … ef=opinion
I think we did enough by sending djihadist killers in the name of a so-called democracy that Syria had. We gave the power to illiterate monkeys to attack with chemical weapons civilians, to butcher the Syrian community that FULLY support their president. If you forgot, I didn't, Assad proposed a referendum for the Syrians to decide of his departure or not. We refused it knowing consciously that they would support him because, we want it or not, he fights for the freedom of his country and his people. I am proud to see that contrary to real dictators that flew their country at the first sign of unrest, Assad as the real president that he is, stands still as any patriot would.
Since I am reading an independent source of information what I see of the horrors perpetrated by animals that we are financially and military support, it is a shame to be an American, to be a westerner. We, as the people, are siding silently with the dregs of the middle-east i.e. Saudi Arabia, Qatar that promote radical islam all over arabic speaking countries. We have to choose either we let secular countries to prosper without our nefarious intervention, either we accept those same fanatics to invade ours? Yesterday, I saw children suffering from our apathy, from our tacit acquiescence of our government's action. Obama has children, hasn't he? Why is it that Syrian children can be sacrificed and his if he had the choice would be spared? Where is the conscience of the father? Where is our conscience as a collective group? We are really gifted when it comes to the ostrich policy! Shame on us!
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