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2012 And The Shame Of American Policy in Syria


‘C  2012 And The Shame Of American Policy in Syria
But it was only a few years ago –2005– that the United States supported the “responsibility to protect” doctrine so that genocide would “never again” occur. And it is only this past May, 2012, that President Obama, in what Syrians must view as a cruel jest, appointed an “Atrocities Prevention Board.” The President spoke at the Holocaust Museum, and among his remarks were these:And finally, “never again” is a challenge to nations. It’s a bitter truth — too often, the world has failed to prevent the killing of innocents on a massive scale. And we are haunted by the atrocities that we did not stop and the lives we did not save.One has to wonder if the White House is haunted these days by “the lives we did not save” in Syria. When one focuses again on what the President said last May, a conclusion emerges.
At the Holocaust Museum, he said this about stopping mass murder:Now we’re doing something more. We’re making sure that the United States government has the structures, the mechanisms to better prevent and respond to mass atrocities. So I created the first-ever White House position dedicated to this task. It’s why I created a new Atrocities Prevention Board, to bring together senior officials from across our government to focus on this critical mission. This is not an afterthought.
This is not a sideline in our foreign policy. The board will convene for the first time today, at the White House….Going forward, we’ll strengthen our tools across the board, and we’ll create new ones. The intelligence community will prepare, for example, the first-ever National Intelligence Estimate on the risk of mass atrocities and genocide. We’re going to institutionalize the focus on this issue. Across government, “alert channels” will ensure that information about unfolding crises — and dissenting opinions — quickly reach decision-makers, including me.What is most striking about these words, today, is how bloodless and bureaucratic they are. In response to mass murder we will have a new board, and strengthened tools, and a new intelligence estimate and “alert channels.” We’ll also have “many tools — diplomatic and political, and economic and financial, and intelligence and law enforcement and our moral suasion,” the President said.
Tell it to the Syrians. In the end, all those “tools” were, like the speech and the visit to the Museum and the new Board, an alternative to action, a substitute for steps that might actually have stopped the killing at 10,000, or 20,000, or 30,000, or 40,000.When the reckoning of the President’s two terms in office is done, four years from now, it is hard to believe there will be a more depressing and damaging item than this: he sat by while mass murder and the use of chemical weapons began in the Middle East.
This position is actually popular now, all the polls suggest: the American people do not favor intervention in Syria. But of course one reason for those polls is the lack of presidential leadership; the numbers would change if the President explained why it was vital for us to act, and ways in which we could act that would not put American lives in danger.So here’s a suggestion, one that reflects the death toll in Syria, and the 500,000 refugees, and the million or more displaced persons: let’s be honest and disband the “Atrocities Prevention Board” right now. That would save some time and money, and would reflect the actual foreign policy of the Obama administration.
[ed notes:im just citing few paragraphs,click link for whole piece,where he pushes debunked claims about Assad using chemical weapons against citizens blah blah many times must we show and prove the most hardcore fanatic zionist war criminals tied to israhell ,demand us invasion of Syria,and the absurdity of demanding this under humanitarian grounds?Could a zionist warmonger who promoted wars for israhell care about syrias future , except to implement  israhells greater eeretz agenda and devastation it brings to Syria ,region and future?Zionist jew dogs of war for r2p in Syria,now thats a good one,especially when one considers abrams was involved in iran/contra scandal,for supporting the nicaraguan contra mercenaries Elliott Abrams – Profile – Right Web – Institute for Policy Studies
/index.php?title=Elliott_Abrams …similarly,his cohorts and warcriminal partners from same scandal and advocacy groups all support the syrian rebels,those included ,madeline albright,oliver north,m.g. paul e vallely!,and negroponte!!with friends like these Syria,who needs enemies!

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