It’s an old script with a few revisions. A U.S. president is drawing lines, amassing more imperial power, issuing threats and ultimatums. Most of the world is rising up in opposition. Sadly, those who are calling for a diplomatic solution and humanitarian aid will probably not deter the power elite for long.
September 10, 2013, Update: Overnight, the winds of war shifted. The news about a possible diplomatic solution for Syria is very encouraging. I can’t imagine what it’s like for the Syrian people to live in fear of chemical poison and bombs for more than two years. Who’s to “blame” for this violence and destruction in Syria? The Assad government, rebels, terrorists, or foreign agents? All of the above? The world may never know the whole truth.
From my safe desk chair I wonder, “Which actor really wants peaceful diplomacy?” In a bold move, Syria—with Russia’s help—took Secretary of State Kerry’s toss away comment about Assad giving up all his chemical weapons to avoid airstrikes and turned it into an olive branch. Even though they haven’t yet admitted to having or using chemical weapons, Syria has agreed to place all of its chemical weapons in international control. A wise move! I bet John Kerry didn’t see that one coming. It’s funny but kinda sad since he is the U.S. Secretary of State, our country’s top diplomat.
Charlie Rose’s interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on PBS provides some insight into the fighting and the factions in Syria. The headline on The Huffington Post reads, “The World Waits.” In a half an hour President Obama will address the nation and the world at 9pm EST. I’m waiting and hoping our president will choose peaceful diplomacy and humanitarian aid. Syria is not our enemy.