Disintegrating Syria whilst diplomatic talks and poker-play continues

Monday at the United Nations the members of the United Nations could listen to the different opinions on how tackling the current crisis in Syria and its consequences for the asylum seekers in Europe.

The opening of the annual General Assembly of world leaders was dominated by the speeches of President Barack Obama, followed more than an hour later by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

At the moment we may not forget that in Syria there are two main problems making it difficult for us in the West. First there is the matter which started everything and which should be intolerable for the whole civilised world. It may not be allowed that persons of the likes of an Adolf Hitler can make their surroundings a place of hidden terror. (Therefore there was referred to him by Putin.)

When we see tyrants like Bashar al-Assad, who drops barrel bombs to massacre innocent civilians because the alternative would be so called “surely worse”, the international community has to react and should come up for the innocent civilians.

According to the White House America is the strongest nation in the world, and one of the ways they have always demonstrated that strength is through their compassion for people who are less fortunate.
Syria is no exception. The American government leads the world in contributions to the Syrian crisis, having given $4.5 billion to assist those in need. They have also significantly increased the number of refugees they will admit to the United States, including Syrians. And they continue to work tirelessly towards the political solution that will bring the bloodshed to an end and allow displaced Syrians to return home, as so many wish to do.

Presidents from Eisenhower to Nixon to Kennedy, from Reagan to Bush Sr., knew that sometimes, facing our adversaries across the negotiating table is a better way to advance our interests, promote our values, and improve our security than rushing to face them on the battlefield. They understood that tough, principled diplomacy is a hallmark of our strength — and that exhausting diplomatic options before asking men and women in uniform to confront the awful face of battle is a basic responsibility of leadership.

Since 9/11 many Americans have spent their lives on the front lines of a dangerous world and have learned from their shared experience that America can — and must — do better, and be smarter. The American president is well aware that it is better to work together and wants to invite Russia to join the cause. In his speech to the UN General Assembly, Mr Obama said compromise among powers would be essential to ending the Syrian conflict, which has claimed more than 200,000 lives and forced four million people to flee abroad.
For him there is no objection to

work with any nation, including Russia and Iran, to resolve the conflict.

We may wonder why it took so long before the countries decided to do something against the Syrian rebels. For Mr. Putin they seem to be the problem which has to be tackled by co-operating with the Syrian government and its armed forces

“who are valiantly fighting terrorism face-to-face”.

he said.

To fight IS, comparing it to the international forces that fought against Nazi Germany in World War Two, Mr Putin believes the world needs the creation of a “broad anti-terror coalition” to fight IS.

According to the New York Times, which wonders “how much he can afford to invest in a dead-end war in Syria”, Mr. Putin’s increased aggressiveness in Syria could result in a new era of Russian-American competition and a larger role for Russia in the Middle East.

Islamic State, which is trying to establish a caliphate in Syria and Iraq, has managed to get many combatants from Europe. Their teachings somehow managed to get several European youngsters hot to go for ‘the Islam cause’. Their indoctrination and their growing amount of fighters, is something we in the West should take as a serious major threat. It is not only bad for the relations between believers of the different religious groups over here but it is creating an ungrounded fear by many.

Bashar and Asma al-Assad, President and first-...

Bashar and Asma al-Assad, President and first-wife of Syria. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Russian president seems to overlook that Mr. Assad’s main target has always been his domestic opposition. when the war started there was also not so much a talk about an Islamic State. The West should look at it that there is no way to restore Syria their statehood as it was before the battle.

We may not forget that it was the Islamic State which has been able to exploit the repression and killing Mr Assad brought over his people. Presenting a picture of a paradise and the best world for Muslims, ISIS not only managed to convince people over there of their use, but also in far away regions, as Belgium and the United Kingdom, who offers Jihad fighters in defence of the Muslim faith.

This time America nor Europe may fall in the trap like it did with Iraq. They should be well aware of finding a good solution for “after” Assad is gone. In case our countries would join hands to force Mr. Assad out of the government they should deliver such a good solution the country does not fall apart further.

Bombing alone won’t defeat the Islamic State, and American attempts to create a proxy force to do the ground fighting have failed.

President François Hollande of France, speaking to reporters later, welcomed the idea of a “broad coalition” and even a Security Council resolution as long as two conditions were met:

a stop to the bombings and a “political transition with departure of Assad.”

When Mr. Putin said:

“We cannot allow these criminals who have already felt the smell of blood to return back home and continue their evil doings. No one wants this to happen, does he?”

he also gave the impression many bloodtasters would have entered our countries. It looks like he also wanted to bring some more fear over the Western European citizens who are already complaining about the “Muslim invasion” though not all of those asylum seekers are Islamic.

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Preceding articles:

Are people willing to take the responsibility for others

If Europe fails on the question of refugees, then it won’t be the Europe we wished for

State of Europe 2015 – Addressing Europe’s crises

Schengen area and Freedom for Europeans being put to the test as never before

Europe’s refugees just follow the ancient routes for the peopling of Europe in the Neolithic

Why Russia backs Assad: a view from Russia’s anti-imperialist left

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Additional reading:

  1. Still Hope though Power generating long train of abuses
  2. Daring to speak in multicultural environment
  3. Refugees At The Border- A Blessing Or Burden?
  4. Poster: Please Help The Refugees
  5. The World Wide Refugee and Migrant Crisis and a possible solution for it
  6. Social media and asylum seekers
  7. Israeli leaders delight in Europe’s cruelty toward refugees
  8. My two cents on the refugee crisis

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About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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