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"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!
by taburkett4 years ago
Do you believe that the USA government will take the proper steps in Syria to provide protection tothe innocent civilians? With the world under great chaos, Syria has staged a chemical attack on its own citizens....
by Deforest4 years ago
According to my source of information, those children were the ones who were kidnapped by djihadists. Experts are stating that they didn't die from sarin attacks since the symptoms don't correspond. In one word, we...
by GA Anderson4 years ago
Or...Here we go again - same old same oldOr...The more things change, the more they stay the sameObama and Biden were castrating Bush for talking about moving against Iran - Biden even talked impeachment.But here they...
by Missing Link4 years ago
Are we (the USA) really going to launch an unprovoked attack upon Syria? Really?Obama said a long time ago if the Syrian regime used chemical weapons in Syria it would cross a line. The last thing...
by mbuggieh4 years ago
A recent article by Jack Kelly published at www.realclearpolitics.com notes the following:"Because he so often has “led from behind,” blustered and retreated, our enemies don’t fear our president; our allies...
by Jack Lee23 months ago
Who is responsible for the Syrian Refugee crisis?The images of thousands of people migrating out of Syria is disturbing to say the least. Who do you think is primarily responsible for this?
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