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27-Aug-13 World View -- The drums of war beat over Syria

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27-Aug-13 World View -- The drums of war beat over Syria

Mideast peace process meeting canceled after 3 Palestinians killed

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U.S. promises 'accountability' for chemical weapons attack


U.N. chemical weapons inspectors travel to attack site on Monday
U.N. chemical weapons inspectors travel to attack site on Monday

The horrific videos of Wednesday's chemical weapons attack in Syria have been streaming in, and Syria continued until the last week to bomb and shell the site of the attack, in order to degrade and destroy the evidence. These factors have dramatically changed international attitudes between Friday and Monday. As recently as Friday, officials indicated that there was no desire for military action. By Sunday, attitudes were changing rapidly, and by Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry was using very strong, personally emotional words:

"What we saw in Syria last week should shock the conscience of the world. It defies any code of morality. Let me be clear: The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders, by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. By any standard it is inexcusable, and despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured, it is undeniable. ...

Moreover, we know that the Syrian regime maintains custody of these chemical weapons. We know that the Syrian regime has the capacity to do this with rockets. We know that the regime has been determined to clear the opposition from those very places where the attacks took place. And with our own eyes, we have all of us become witnesses. ...

I went back and I watched the videos, the videos that anybody can watch in the social media, and I watched them one more gut-wrenching time. It is really hard to express in words the human suffering that they lay out before us. As a father, I can’t get the image out of my head of a man who held up his dead child, wailing while chaos swirled around him; the images of entire families dead in their beds without a drop of blood or even a visible wound; bodies contorting in spasms; human suffering that we can never ignore or forget. Anyone who can claim that an attack of this staggering scale could be contrived or fabricated needs to check their conscience and their own moral compass. ...

But make no mistake: President Obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world’s most heinous weapons against the world’s most vulnerable people. Nothing today is more serious and nothing is receiving more serious scrutiny."

No U.S. aircraft carriers are being sent to the region. However, there are four U.S. destroyers positioned in the eastern Mediterranean, with hundreds of Tomahawk cruise missiles ready to be launched, if and when President Obama gives the order. Countries on the region are going on high alert. U.S. Department of State

Military intervention in Syria raises many issues

These are some of the issues being raised about military intervention in Syria against the regime of president Bashar al-Assad:

Dept. of Defense and NATO

United Nations chemical weapons inspectors reach attack site

After being delayed by the Bashar al-Assad regime for five days, the United Nations chemical weapons inspectors finally reached the site of the attack on Monday. The lead vehicle came under heavy attack by unidentified snipers as it approached the site, and was forced to turn back, but there were no injuries, and the inspectors reached the site later. According to a spokesman, the team had a "very productive" day collecting evidence and interviewing victims, and will continue its work on Tuesday. CNN

Syria versus Iraq

I've written many times in the past that if Al Gore had won the presidency in 2000, then he would have pursued the Iraq war, just as President George Bush did. (See, for example, "The Iraq war may be related to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki." from 2008.)

I received a lot of scoffing and ridicule for that assertion, but now with President Obama we can see what might have happened with a President Gore. There is no one more politically opposed to any military action than Obama, but he's being forced into attacking Syria for political reasons, but knowing that he'll be blamed if anything goes wrong, just as he bitterly attacked Bush for the Iraq action.

And so, once again, Generational Dynamics has been proven to be right, and its critics have been proven wrong. This has happened too many times to count.

Mideast peace process meeting canceled after 3 Palestinians killed

The Palestinian Authority canceled peace talks on Monday, after Israeli security forces killed three Palestinians at the Kalandiya reguee camp in the West Bank. According to the security forces, they were reacting to a large scale attack on them by hundreds of Palestinians. A Palestinian spokesman called on the United States to intervene and prevent the collapse of the "peace process." Jerusalem Post

(Comments: For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 27-Aug-13 World View -- The drums of war beat over Syria thread of the Generational Dynamics forum. Comments may be posted anonymously.) (27-Aug-2013) Permanent Link
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