Published On: Mon, Jan 7th, 2013

Syria Crisis; Half-baked Diplomacy and Failure to Address Core Issues.

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Christof Lehmann – The Syrian government has outlined a plan to solve the country´s conflict, starting with halting international support of ”al-Qaeda-linked terrorist groups”. The plan proposes a new constitution and government as well as national reconciliation, including one more general amnesty for those who have been arrested during the crisis. The proposal was made shortly after Syria criticized the report of the International Commission of Inquiry in no uncertain terms for being biased and for failing to address core issues such as state-sponsored terrorism.

The quire of international diplomacy has responded by singing the expected canon, starting with the Assad must go ensemble on one side, the neutral stick with international law ensemble in the middle, and the we assist peaceful reconciliation and reform ensemble on the other.

Regardless which ensemble the individual singers belong to however, the Syrian government included, non of them has yet addressed the core issues at the root of the conflict. Unless these core issues will be addressed it can be expected that the bloodshed and the half-baked farce of diplomacy, which have dominated the discourse over the last 22 months, continue while the world is heading toward an inevitable disaster.

The Syrian government continues with a strategy of openness toward all who want to participate in a peaceful resolution of the crisis but refuses to negotiate with terrorists. On a national level this policy has been successful as far as it has significantly reduced the potential number of Syrian citizens who could have taken up arms. It has been successful because it has helped some of those Syrians who initially took up arms to realign themselves with the Syrian government, with opposition parties and other organizations who are working at a peaceful resolution and against foreign intervention. It has been successful because it has unmasked the true nature of the insurgency as an assault by mercenaries from throughout the world.

A rak tag terrorist army, sponsored by notorious promoters of terror. A rak tak rebel army which is being orchestrated by a United States and allies who know that their Petro Dollar based economies are at the brink of collapse.

Britain´s David Cameron proposes regime change no matter what it takes and speaks out on issues where Obama has to tread carefully in order not to create a domestic quagmire. Both the City of London and Wall Street Banksters rejoice, I´m sure of that.

Germany became rather timid after a bomb scare in Bonn and seems to have understood the MI6 message, that continental Europe better plays along with the pro-regime-change alliance, or else.

Iran is supporting the peaceful national dialog, biding its time and building the ties among the new Syrian parties which it needs to continue being a major regional player in Syria no matter what the people of Syria decide. Iran, in other words, uses a similar strategy in Syria as the one it has successfully used in Iraq.

Russia and China continue with the containment of their outrage and their concerns with overt stoicism, both of them knowing that they are heading for a half-baked victory if they succeed at preventing another NATO abuse of the UN security Council; but both must also be acutely aware of, that they would not exactly be the direct beneficiaries of a premature collapse of the US Dollar.

Everybody knows that the International Commission of Inquiry and almost everything else at the United Nations has been co-opted by the USA and NATO, that much of it is being sponsored by Soros et al., so why bother with causing a scandal at the United Nations when the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs already has de-constructed the commission´s report.

The crux of the matter is that nothing has changed and that absolutely nothing will change until all stakeholders begin addressing the primary causes of the conflict. Until such time comes the crisis will continue to linger and loom while the region and in fact the world are getting ever closer to a situation that would make the economic collapse and mile long lines of people in front of public soup kitchens in the 1930s look like a kindergarten buffeé; would make the two world wars of the past century appear like a firecracker in comparison to what we are heading for.

No matter which decision there will be made, there will be no easy ways out of the crisis and it cannot be solved by the Syrian people alone, no matter how genuine and good a proposal of the Syrian government may be. On a national level Syria has to solve its own problems but Syria is not an isolated island.

Since Syria is the nation which is carrying the brunt of the crisis, would it not soon be appropriate that President Assad and his government begin addressing the real issues ? Or do they fear that it would cost them the half-baked support of Syria´s half-baked allies?

While both Syrians and those who are being funneled into Syria to fight Jihad; for whatever reason, be it because they have been systematically radicalized, be it because they are coming from the slums and refugee camps in Bangladesh and have no better means of providing for their loved ones whom Dr. Kissinger and his likes call “useless eaters”,  regardless whether they are from Yemen and elsewhere, or be it because the Saudi government has given them the choice between execution and Jihad in Syria;- while all, on both sides continue being sacrificed on the altar of half-baked diplomacy, not one of the stakeholders addresses an issue that is so sensitive, so frightening, so all pervasive, that no diplomat dares speak above his breath about it.

The inevitable collapse of the Anglo American Empire and the militarily enforced Petro Dollar, and the choice between two ways by which the inevitable can be approached.

In fact the entire  international dimension of the problem could be reduced to a few points; no need for distractions here, no need for telling us about freedom, democracy, human rights or international law. Not much has changed since the times of the Barbarians other than the fact that we now can blast the entire human species and all other species together with it to kingdom come.

So here we go:

Natural gas has become the primary energy source for the coming 100 – 150 years.

Iran and Qatar share the worlds largest gas field in the Persian Gulf.

The EU receives currently more than 20 % of its gas from Russia.

If the Pars gas pipeline, from Iran, via Iraq and Syria to the Mediterranean goes on-line and Russia and/or Iran also take part in developing Syrian and Lebanese offshore gas fields in the Mediterranean, then Russia and Iran would stand for approximately 40 – 50 per cent of the gas the E.U. will need over the next 100 – 150 years.

Attempts to further integrate the EU and Russian economies and energy sectors are being sabotaged by the USA, which is attempting to drive a wedge in between the EU and Russia, not least with the aid of the Ukraine, which previously has blackmailed Russia and the EU by means of gas which transits the country in pipelines.

Israel would not want to cope with an Iran which would have a substantially increased political leverage in Europe or the USA in questions such as Palestine, Israel´s nuclear weapons program and the IAEA, its own development of nuclear power and other sensitive issues. Israel has a strong influence on US foreign policy and Syria is the key for maintaining the status quo.

The USA is panic stricken over the fact that failure to secure dominance over the Pars gas field would be equivalent to an end of the Petro Dollar and here we get to the really sensitive issue. China is not interested in the collapse of the Dollar either, at least not yet, and neither are Russia, nor the EU.

With all due respect, but the world needs real diplomacy and an open discussion about the core issues behind the so-called crisis in Syria. The situation is too sensitive to ignore the core issues and too volatile to deliver a half-baked farce rather than competent diplomacy.

 Christof Lehmann

07.01.2013

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About the Author

- Dr. Christof Lehmann is the founder and editor of nsnbc. He is a psychologist and independent political consultant on conflict and conflict resolution and a wide range of other political issues. His work with traumatized victims of conflict has led him to also pursue the work as political consultant. He is a lifelong activist for peace and justice, human rights, Palestinians rights to self-determination in Palestine, and he is working on the establishment of international institutions for the prosecution of all war crimes, also those committed by privileged nations. On 28 August 2011 he started his blog nsnbc, appalled by misrepresentations of the aggression against Libya and Syria. In March 2013 he turned nsnbc into a daily, independent, international on-line newspaper. He can be contacted at nsnbc international at nsnbc.wordpress@gmail.com

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