Strategists dream, a country’s nightmare. By now President Obama’s Administration is well aware that the people of the United States do not want to become embroiled in another war in the Middle East. Or anywhere else in the world for that matter.
And yet, in the case of the civil war in Syria, the American people have no piece on the game board that gives them any leverage. What we want cannot be heard over the clamoring din of War and what will probably be this country’s further military intervention into the Syrian conflict.
Anyone with eyes can see that the G8 Summit will produce nothing in regards to a peaceful resolution to the region. Many doubt that it was even supposed to. Not with Russian President Vladimir Putin supplying Assad’s forces with sophisticated antiaircraft missile batteries, while at the same time looking for ways to assist Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in defending the demilitarized border between Syria and Israel.
Then there’s Republicans like John McCain claiming that’s it’s too little too late”, referring to the small arms and artillery Obama says he’ll donate to the cause of the Syrian rebels. McCain, some Republicans and Democrats alike, feel that the U.S. should ride into Syria on white horses and personally take down Syrian President Bashar Assad, something they think the rebels won’t be able to do left to their own devices. Never mind that there are Syrian people who are Alawites, Druze, Christians and Sunnis on the side of Bashar Assad, who don’t want to see the present government replaced by radical Islamic fundamentalists, a point that western and foreign media don’t seem to ever report on.
Subsequently, there may never be Peace in the Middle East. ideologically it sounds good. It’s a bright, shiny mantra that can be repeated when the prospects look dim, as it so often does. But it’s not based in any reality. The Arab occupied regions are fraught with strategic, geographical and political interests for the power brokers that are in fact the G8, including the United States.
And there’s just no option for peace with players like these.