Whither Syria? Whither America?

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  1. cohen y says:

    There you go again…..
    (Theoretically since the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia,but actually since the inaguration of the League of Nations)countries cannot interfere in a another countries’ internal affairs without the international communities’ acquiescense (although practiced selectively .

  2. Bob Miller says:

    Under what conditions can the so-called international community mix into a sovereign nation’s internal affairs? Such interference is increasingly being aimed at Israel. If we encourage use of international tools against dictators, what prevents the UN, for example, from using the same tools against the good guys? That’s the same UN that is at the beck and call of antisemitic authoritarian regimes.

    As for unilateral American initiatives, what good could they do if led by someone conflicted about America’s true mission?

  3. Reb Yid says:

    As the recent week has shown, the author’s conclusion is simply off-base.

    Obama has led the charge to impose sanctions on Assad and some of his key aides, which will in all likelihood be followed by much of the international community.

    In so many words, he has basically told Assad he must lead an orderly transition or leave.

  4. Michael says:

    I find it hard to believe that “Reb Yid” wrote that after Obama’s speech of today, in which he carefully avoided any hint that Bashar should leave, and instead spent his time saying that after a failed peace process, years of terrorism and the withdrawal from Gaza created another center for Islamic terror in the Middle East, the answer is for Israel to surrender and pull back to indefensible borders, including a retreat from East Jerusalem.

    If the author was “off-base” it is only because he calls Obama’s response to the massacres in Syria shameful, while giving Obama a pass for his inaction over Iran, his tepid involvement in Libya, and his support for the new Palestinian unified terrorist front. This administration’s Middle East policy will be known as the most inept and anti-Israel in 50 years past — and G-d-willing, for 50 future years as well.

  5. Reb Yid says:

    Yes, that socialist, internationalist Obama.

    The President who finally put the nail in Bin Laden’s coffin without giving Pakistan any hint about what was going on.

  6. L. Oberstein says:

    Obama is not really sure what to do. Events in the Arab world are happening and he is playing catch up.
    In his Thursday speech, Obama came out strongly against the murders by the Asad government but did not say that Assad had to step down.In the past there were numerous revolutions in the Arab world and elsewhere and the US did not get involved. What has changed is the wars in Iraq and Afganistan and the whole post 9/11 eera that has made the US care about what happens over there.However, except for Libya, no one is going to intervene on the ground to bring about regime change. It really is a mess and I have little confidence that the US government knows what to do.
    It is possible that Obama openinly favored the 1967 borders to stave off the recognition of Palestine by the UN. What he advocated may not be what Netanyahu wants but it is in sync with previous Israeli offers at the bargaining table. I don’t see a Palestinian State gaining independence in the near term because of their own internal problems, but by advocating it, maybe Obama thinks he will gain some good will among the Arabs. I don’t know if it will work for him and I hope it isn’t imposed on Israel.
    we need Divine Mercy to keep from being a sacrifice to better relations with the Arab world. Let’s her what the US leaders say at the AIPAC gathering.

  7. Michael says:

    Why yes, Reb Yid, one and the same. The very few times Obama has done something right to protect Americans and the world against Islamic terror — going it alone in Pakistan, keeping Guantanamo Bay open — he’s dumped his campaign promises and studied from George W.’s playbook.

    This time, he’s dumped Israel and studied from Abbas’ playbook.

  8. L. Oberstein says:

    Does anyone in the audience honestly think that there will be a State of Palestine in the near future? Will the US treat Israel like it treats Libya, bombing its planes and sinking its ships and embargoing its commerce? Heaven Forbid! Once Israel starts developing the natural gas fields and becomes even stronger economically, there is less chance it will be a Pariah state. At least, this is how I hope.

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