Jimmy Carter gets the front page to discuss resolution to an international crisis in the Middle East. Because… Jimmy Carter.
President Carter’s take on the Assad government…
Before the revolution began in March 2011, Syria set a good example of harmonious relations among its many different ethnic and religious groups, including Arabs, Kurds, Greeks, Armenians and Assyrians who were Christians, Jews, Sunnis, Alawites and Shiites. The Assad family had ruled the country since 1970, and was very proud of this relative harmony among these diverse groups.
When protesters in Syria demanded long overdue reforms in the political system, President Assad saw this as an illegal revolutionary effort to overthrow his “legitimate” regime and erroneously decided to stamp it out by using unnecessary force. Because of many complex reasons, he was supported
his military forces, most Christians, Jews, Shiite Muslims, Alawites and others who feared a takeover by radical Sunni Muslims. The prospect for his overthrow was remote.
And Russian involvement…
The recent decision by Russia to support the Assad regime with airstrikes and other military forces has intensified the fighting, raised the level of armaments and may increase the flow of refugees to neighboring countries and Europe. At the same time, it has helped to clarify the choice between a political process in which the Assad regime assumes a role and more war in which the Islamic State becomes an even greater threat to world peace. With these clear alternatives, the five nations mentioned above could formulate a unanimous proposal. Unfortunately, differences among them persist.
Are considerably more nuanced than the take you get on the evening news or the Sunday morning talk circuit.
Carter has tried to point this out to US leaders from Reagan on, that there was a means of applying pressure to Syria, but that to do so would require cooperating with both Russia and Iran. Which we won’t do. Because we’re more interesting in looking tough than saving lives.
The needed concessions are not from the combatants in Syria, but from the proud nations that claim to want peace but refuse to cooperate with one another.
But hey, negotiating the rest of this morning’s APR is as simple as clicking past that orange scrawl. Which looks like of like a signature. Hmm.