Facing the Brutal Reality of American Syrian Policy

The wailing over Syria has reached fever pitch -- even Kofi Annan said that without regime change, "[t]he future [emphasis added] is likely to be one of brutal oppression, massacres, sectarian violence and even all-out civil war."  But the conversation about Western intervention hasn't changed since the proclamation of the NATO allies in Chicago; Secretary of State Clinton's whine that the Syrians "won't listen to us, maybe they'll listen to the Russians," and the musings of Washington's eminence grise, Henry Kissinger, who wrote that U.S. military force should only be used to achieve a strategic imperative, and removing al-Assad didn't rise to the level [1]. Still thinking that the "future" can be avoided, Annan has a new plan involving asking Iran to intercede on behalf of the Western powers.  The U.S. promptly objected, guaranteeing time for new fighting while the Western powers fight among themselves.  It hardly matters whether they are "right" or "wrong" from some...(Read Full Article)

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