Archive | September, 2013

Obama’s “redline” leaves the US but a singular solution to Syria’s crises!

4 Sep

President Obama’ redline that Syria passed on several occasions, does not leave President Obama, and the United States many options for dealing with the present rebellion!
9/11 made America and the “free world” assume a “politically correct” posture towards Islam and accepted a scenario that Islam is a peaceful religion, and only a few radical Muslims are causing havoc in the world. Islam is NOT a peaceful religion, Charles’ overview deals with some of that, and a reading of the Quran should fill in the blanks.
This forum does not leave room for lengthy academic discussions so synopses should suffice.
When in an earlier post I suggested that the present Syrian situation represents an issue of the Cuban Missiles Crises dimension, Charles pointed out to me that this is a regional conflict and that, for obvious reasons, such as its geography, is not nearly as dangerous. Taking into account globalization, and paying attention to the Chaos/Fractal observation that, to paraphrase, suggests that: ‘When a butterfly flaps its wings in Tokyo, it could result initiate a tornado in Oklahoma.’
For sake of brevity let me offer the following:

· Neither side of the Syrian conflict can be trusted to establish a civilized legal entity in Syria should it prevail.
· Syria possesses one of the largest chemical weapons arsenals in the world
· Syria own a large number of delivery system for its chemical weapons, systems that can reach US troops in the Gulf, in Jordan, in Turkey, and on the Mediterranean. The same delivery systems can reach US allies such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, and more.
· Iran and Syria pledged to retaliate against Israel should the Unite States shoot missiles into Syrian territory.
· Russia has a naval base, and anti-aircraft missile facilities in Syria.
· There are Iranian Guard, and Hezbollah in Syria; US strike to reach these operatives would be acts against Iran.
· If Israel is attacked it is on record that it will retaliate.
· Any significant attach by Israel against Syria would unite Islam nations and likely result in a world wide Jihad (Holy War) against Israel.
· Any attacks by Islamic nations against Israel would require the United States to enter the war under it mutual defense treaties with Israel.

Much more can be said, but let me suggest that since President Obama drew a redline which Syria crossed, the ONLY acceptable option would call for American “boots on the ground.”
The United States, with, or without allies must remove the chemical weapons and associated delivery systems out of Syria. Removing those systems will require boots on the ground, but if done wit ah “overwhelming force” could be accomplished in a short period.
After removing chemical weapons out of Syria, the United States and its allies would be wise to let the fractions in Syria determine he future of the country.
One other item cannot be ignored; there are well over two million refugees from Syria in the region. After the conflict in Syria ends it is fair to assume that a geographic re-alignment will take place.