Those agreeing to peace – the various Syrian parties – must be properly informed of the stakes and penalties for failure to their own people and to all Syrians. August’s vote in the United Kingdom Parliament which declined to authorize the use of force against Syria was one of the most important and affirming things I have seen for a long time. Elected representatives voting according to a combination of their constituents, their conscience, or […]
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The Syrian Civil War, triggered ostensibly with the calls for sweeping constitutional reforms and to end the authoritarian regime of Bashar al Assad, is in effect more of a sectarian war from the domestic fronts to the international level. The Chinese-Russian proposal to probe into Syria’s chemical weapons under UN auspices and to block any debate on Syria opened the latest chapter of conflicting interests among the major powers. For a moment, this averted a […]
As long as the Syrian Civil War continues, Turkey will face greater political and security threats on its southern border. In the first decade of the 21st century, Turkey carried out a multilateral and pro-active foreign policy strategy, known as “zero problems with neighbors,” towards the Middle East. The strategy of “zero problem” based on political and economic cooperation succeeded to create a peace and stability zone in the periphery of Turkey. It was realistic, […]
President Obama’s foreign policy team considers the Russian diplomatic initiative on putting Syria’s chemical weapons under international control. It is simply the least bad idea on the negotiating table at the moment but is unlikely to endure – the US and France already disagree over the terms of a new UN Resolution. Neither are limited military strikes against Syria an adequate response to deter Syria and other US adversaries (Iran and North Korea) from any […]
Unilateral US military action in Syria, even with full US Congressional authority, is illegal. The world’s attention is now focused on whether the United States Congress will grant authorization to President Barack Obama to conduct “targeted military strikes” in Syria, purportedly because the Syrian government crossed President Obama’s “red line.” While obtaining US Congress authorization may legalize military strikes that President Obama conducts in Syria within the US legal system, such authorization has no bearing […]
The backers in the west, who braid their cause with outrage and valor in favor of that mystical notion of the Syrian people, are recoiling. Beware the errors of a muddled mind. But even of greater concern, be wary of the punting mind, one which gambles in misguided, cretin-like fashion. Think Syria, think about the fractious opposition and, given the latest killing of an opposition leader by jihadists, think of unmitigated chaos. The backers in […]
Sectarianism, terrorism, jihadist elements, radicalization and civil war are not inherent to Syrian society, but the direct consequences of backing dictatorship. Suffocated by the pain brought upon them by a repressive regime that would rather set its own country on fire than leave power, they long for the days when death was not at every corner, or at least not in an explicit, visible way. Afraid to blame a regime that has proved to be […]