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Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in International, Media, Military, Places, Politics, Religion, Terrorism, War | 4 comments

Obama Must Face Up to Post-Assad Syria Now! (Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Saudi Arabia)


Has American non-intervention in Syria reached the point of diminishing returns? For Saudi Arabia’s Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, columnist Tariq Alhomayed expresses extreme disappointment with the Obama Administration, which he contends is jeopardizing global economic stability and physical security across the Middle East by not stepping to help the Syrian rebels before Bashar al-Assad is toppled – and a dangerous power vacuum emerges.

For Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Tariq Alhomayed writes in part:

To say that what is happening in Syria poses no risk to American security is nonsense, because the crisis in Syria affects the security of Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Israel and the entire Mediterranean. The failure in Syria means that the Arab world is confronted with its own Afghanistan in the Mediterranean, which means that a sectarian war is in the cards that will burn everything and everyone in the region, while fueling terrorism and destabilizing the whole of the Middle East, which in turn will deliver a blow to global economic stability. Just consider the damage pirates in Somalia have caused to the shipping industry – not to mention the position of al-Qaeda in Yemen, which has obliged Washington to repeatedly intervene there.

So the positions taken by the Obama Administration, not just today but yesterday as well, demonstrate both a lack of foresight and weak political leadership – especially with the rebels advancing and Assad besieged in Damascus. … Obama has the power to do all of this now. The problem we face is that he and his administration lack vision, are hesitant to act, and fail to see the danger of what’s coming. Assad is so close to falling. The danger is lies in what will come after him. So who is going to act? That is the question!

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  • slamfu

    A lot of assumptions in there. I think if we step in too early and topple Assad we still create a power vacuum. Until we know who is going to be in charge after Assad its pretty hard for us to commit. Essentially it appears that in the face of Russia and China UN vetoes we are still supposed to step in there and fix everything when past experience shows us that toppling even a dictator is obligating us to clean up the mess afterwards. Unlike Libya, there doesn’t appear to be a cohesive group in a position to take the reigns when all is said and done, and I’m pretty sure no one will be happy with us setting up an interim govt, and I include the American people in that, and footing the bill. I think it is an ugly situation, with no apparent “good guys” for us to throw our weight behind whose power and influence will last more than 5 minutes after we leave. If anyone is to blame, I’d say China and Russia bear the brunt for tying the hands of the UN and preventing an effort similar to the transition for Libya. But asking us to just go it alone basically and fix everything is just not a reasonable expectation.

  • ShannonLeee

    Considering our interests in the region, I think the author has some valid points. It may not be our responsibility, but whatever happens will directly effect the US.

    Lets just hope the UN, US, and EU have been putting together a plan.

  • rudi

    The Saudis use us to do their dirty work. The results was 9-11. maybe it’s time for the Saudis to use the expensive military we sell them, instead of F-16’s collecting dust in the desert.

  • slamfu

    SL, while usually I agree with your often valid points, that one is way off in my book. Seems to me basing our foreign policy, especially Middle East foreign policy, off of our interests, is what has been the groundwork for so much of our problems concerning the middle east. At this point it is looking like fundamentalists are going to have a heavy hand in any post Assad Syria, which is not good, but neither is this situation under our control. At least not as long as China and Russia keep the UN’s hands tied, which ties our hands as well.

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