The Crisis In Syria – What Now?

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A resolution along these lines could have been passed five weeks ago if the U.S., France, and the United Kingdom had been willing to accept Russia’s trivial amendments to the resolution offered at that time. They refused, leading to the vetoes by Russia and China that Secretary of State Clinton and French Foreign Minister Juppé in particular have so strongly condemned.

If the U.S., France and the United Kingdom continue to insist on explicitly setting forth in the resolution the order in which the violence must stop, much less calling explicitly for Assad to step aside, the only possible resolution at all would be one focused on relieving the immediate humanitarian crisis and generally supporting Kofi Annan’s continued efforts at mediating a ceasefire.

When I asked William Hague MP, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether getting something on the record indicating the Security Council’s condemnation of what is currently occurring in Syria would be better than nothing at all, he responded with characteristic diplomatese:

These of course are the issues we are all considering and tackling now. I think it was very clear over the last few months, that the best plan on the table, the plan on the table, was that of the Arab League and they put forward a very good plan for the political process in Syria. That was one that we’ve been happy to support and continue to support. As you know, we’ve had a difference of view with Russia about that, and that was the real basis of the disagreement on the last Resolution, but we are considering all these issues in negotiations and will continue to do so.

While the UN Security Council has yet to pass even the mildest of resolutions regarding the violence in Syria, at the other end of the spectrum a major Syrian opposition exile group has increased its calls for international military action and arming of the rebels. Senator John McCain is pressing for the imposition of a no-fly zone. The Obama administration has wisely resisted these calls so far. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned of the risks and complexities of military intervention, during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Syria earlier this month.

The Obama administration should continue to stay out of this fight, even if, as was the case with Libya, the French, British and Arab League urge armed intervention. Our role should remain strictly humanitarian and diplomatic in nature.

The conventional wisdom is that Iran will be the big loser if Assad is overthrown. That may or may not be true, depending on who takes over. In the meantime, Iran’s full-blown support for the Assad regime is diverting valuable Iranian resources, such as some of its elite Revolutionary Guard forces. Iran is also demonstrating to its Arab neighbors that it is on the wrong of the “Arab Spring” freedom movement, causing a potentially serious rupture with its Hamas allies.

If and when Assad does eventually fall despite all of Iran’s backing, the humiliation that Iran may well suffer in squandered influence will be all the more satisfying. If Assad remains in power for the foreseeable future, Iran will continue to be diverted and will be further isolated, along with its client state, Syria, from the rest of the region. In the meantime, we must not lose sight of the far graver global security threat posed by Iran’s nuclear arms development program.

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  • ObamaYoMoma

    Senator John McCain is pressing for the imposition of a no-fly zone.

    Senator John McCain and his acolytes Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman have all been incredibly mentally incompetent for decades. Whatever they suggest doing 100 percent of the time is always wrong. In fact they never get it right. Indeed, according to those moonbats the fantasy based nation-building missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, which, by the way, are the two biggest strategic blunders ever in American history, are spectacular successes. Hell, they still haven't figured out yet Libya is another miserable failure. It's like on foreign policy they are walking and talking Jimmy Carter zombies.

    Our role should remain strictly humanitarian and diplomatic in nature.

    Our role should not remain humanitarian, as Muslim on Muslim violent is very detrimental to the Islamic world and very advantageous to the un-Islamic world. Indeed, both sides are our enemies, hence, if we must do anything, lets act clandestinely to make the jihad last as long as possible, and remember in the Islamic world, as opposed to the Western world, all Muslims are jihadists or otherwise they are blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of mainstream orthodox Islam must be executed.

    The conventional wisdom is that Iran will be the big loser if Assad is overthrown.

    Actually, the West needs to stop wasting time on Syria and needs to focus instead 100 percent on stopping the Iranian ruling Mullah regime from acquiring nukes with impunity at all cost, since if they get nukes it will be the end of the world as we once knew it.

    Moreover, no amount of negotiating with Muslims will ever stop Iran or any other Islamic country from acquiring nukes. Not to mention that since Syria and Iran have a mutual defense pact, the jihad taking place in Syria at this time makes it very convenient and conducive for the West to act now to eradicate the ruling Mullah regime in Iran and to destroy their nuclear weapons program, while Assad is preoccupied defending itself from a Sunni insurgency. In fact, it would be ludicrous to pass up this golden opportunity to act now in our own best interests.

    Iran is also demonstrating to its Arab neighbors that it is on the wrong of the “Arab Spring” freedom movement, causing a potentially serious rupture with its Hamas allies.

    Yeah right…freedom in the totalitarian Islamic world. Now that's funny. Meanwhile, the last time I checked the only freedom that Sharia allows is the freedom for Muslims to become more devout slaves of Allah.

    What the West needs to do ASAP is eradicate Assad's poodles in Iran along with their nuclear weapons program, and then step in to replace the ruling Mullah regime in Iran as Assad's new poodle to keep the lid on the Sunnis, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Saudis and Gulf State Emirates, which are financing a stealth global jihad against all non-Muslim unbelievers in the world, primarily via mass Muslim immigration to the West, which in reality is covert and deceptive non-violent jihad for the purpose of infiltration and long-term stealth demographic conquest. Nevertheless, with the current useful idiots masquerading as diplomats, fat chance of that ever happening in a million years.

    • Roger

      The other choice our leader (the dear one) made was not to impose a western constitutional republic or democracy, but to give Libya to Al Qaida with all it's oil reserves. Have you noticed an uptick of muslim militant violence in Africa since they had access to oil revenue in Libya?

      It's hare do keep track of you points when you mash them all into a hodge podge of a rant, or multi part rants.

  • Roger

    Jumping to conclusions? I don't want Libya. I just don't want our enemies to have it.

    And Al Qaida killed more of us that the quack before did. It's not hard for me, I can make my point in a few lines. You? Not so much.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Like I said, you are oblivious of Islam, which considering the fact that you are also oblivious of Santorum's Senate record of being a big spender, big union panderer, and Washington lobbyists and insider, while at the same time you swallow anti-Romney propaganda like crack cocaine, isn't surprising.

      • Roger

        Straw man arguments are so handy when you have nothing to use on the original subject, aren't they?

        Why do you think I want to occupy Libya? Can you quote anything I have ever said saying I wanted to even waste time there?

        • ObamaYoMoma

          How else are we going “to impose a western constitutional republic or democracy,” moonbat? Grow up and stop bugging me. You aren't intelligent enough for me to waste any more time on.

          • Roger

            I never made an argument we should do so.

            Anything else?

    • Snorbak

      "I just don't want our enemies to have it"
      With the exception of Israel, EVERY state within the ME & Nth Africa are enemies of the West, period.
      The bigger threat within Islam are the Shia states seeing that they hold a 1400 year "chip on their shoulders" & a deep seated hatred of the Sunni.
      You should look into the reasons as to why Saudi Arabia are getting nervous regarding Iran & the so called "Arab (Shia) Spring" for the answer.

      • Roger

        I have, and also remember my uncle and aunt talking when they came home after working for Aramco.

        • Snorbak

          With regard to the "trouble" in Syria though, I do agree with ObamaYoMoma in that it is predominately a Shia/ Sunni fight masquerading as a peoples rebellion & fight for freedom or more correctly, viewed as such via western media.

          • Roger

            Saudi Arabia is funding the rebels, it's a way for them to stab Iran in the back.

  • John Rutley

    Do not get involved in Syria, it’s another hornets nest for the West. Why arent the Arab brothers rushing to help out? Let them sort it out on their own!!

  • HexColor

    The United Nations Security Council held another inconclusive Middle East debate on March 12th, focusing largely on the continuing massacres in Syria. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton participated, along with her counterparts from Russia, France, the United Kingdom and other members of the Security Council.

  • melvin polatnick

    There is no bigger snob than Assad,he must be replaced with a leader that is more friendly to international corporations. Israel is their next door neighbor, they have the tech to propel Syria into the 21st century. But Jews are not welcome to participate in the Syrian economy. The new leader of Syria must be a person that accepts investors from all religions and nations..

  • jewdog

    The hatred, violence and supremacism that characterizes Islamic culture is intrinsically divisive. In the absence of a tyrant to unite the volatile and intolerant factions which make up Islamic society, it is prone to chaos.
    The question we need to ask is :"What is good for us Infidels?" One answer is that the Islamofascist scum kill each other. That is something we can actively encourage by aiding one side or the other.