Saturday, December 29, 2012

UN 'Fails Miserably' in Syria

Diplomacy in Ruins; New Cold War Looms

An utter failure: UN attempts to end the Syrian Civil War. Russia backs Assad; America backs the rebels. Civilians are slaughtered.  Read more.

UPDATE: Russia Says No Chance Assad Will Quit

More than two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union and world Communism … and a decade after the secret U.S. intervention in Afghanistan blew back in the form of a mega-attack on the United States by Islamist terrorists … relations between the U.S. and Russia are alarmingly awful. Syria is the flashpoint.

But why? There is no good reason for a proxy war in Syria, no reason Syria has to follow the disastrous Libya script, no logic to Western support for Al Qaeda-linked rebels. The policy of backing rightwing political Islam, after all that has happened, is perfidious … and downright suicidal.

Syria could--and should--have been turned into a neutral, federated nation of demilitarized, autonomous provinces. As part of a deal, Moscow's naval installation at Tartus--no threat to Washington--could have been preserved, along with compensation for the loss of Russian arms sales to Syria. The Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union is over; why, then, is a new cold war with post-Soviet Russia apparently being promoted? Who benefits from the worsening relationship?

The questions, which few U.S. politicians and observers bother to raise, go unanswered. U.S. media inexplicably ignore the important issue of U.S.-Russia relations, a topic neglected, even, during the Presidential debates.