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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Jimmy Carter, "A Five-Nation Plan to End the Syrian Crisis": Senile Dementia

In a self-congratulatory guest New York Times op-ed entitled "A Five-Nation Plan to End the Syrian Crisis," Jimmy Carter would have us know:

"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."

Excuse me, but why is there no reference here to the February 1982 Hama Massacre in which somewhere between 10,000 and 40,000 Sunnis were slaughtered by Hafez al-Assad?

Syria's Kurds? They have experienced decades of oppression.

Jews in Syria? All 50 of them?

Carter continues (my emphasis in red):

"For the past three years, the Carter Center has been working with Syrians across political divides, armed opposition group leaders and diplomats from the United Nations and Europe to find a political path for ending the conflict. This effort has been based on data-driven research about the Syrian catastrophe that the center has conducted, which reveals the location of different factions and clearly shows that neither side in Syria can prevail militarily."

"Neither side"? Sorry, Jimmy, but there are at least a dozen sides battling it out in Syria.

Carter's conclusion:

"The involvement of Russia and Iran is essential. Mr. Assad’s only concession in four years of war was giving up chemical weapons, and he did so only under pressure from Russia and Iran. Similarly, he will not end the war by accepting concessions imposed by the West, but is likely to do so if urged by his allies.

Mr. Assad’s governing authority could then be ended in an orderly process, an acceptable government established in Syria, and a concerted effort could then be made to stamp out the threat of the Islamic State.

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."

Iran, now sending troops to Syria and hoping to establish a new front against Israel in the Golan Heights, is going to force Assad to abdicate? Not a chance.

Go back to sleep, Jimmy.

1 comment:

  1. Jimmy Carter should have known to wait for Russia's FM Sergei Lavrov to tell everyone how the Syrian multi-civil war will end.

    Carter forgot to mention the Druse and Circassians.

    As for the Golan Heights? I doubt Putin will allow Hezbollah to attack anything. Maybe they want those new Israeli oil wells...