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What kind of a Move is the U.S. Making in Syria’s calamity?

Posted on: July 31, 2018

What kind of a Move is the U.S. Making in Syria’s calamity?
Note: Article posted in 2013. A great way to analyse the process in the Syrian civil war and foreign interventions
U.S. Secretary of  State, John Kerry, directed that U.S. assistance to the armed Syrian rebels has been  authorized.
It comes in the form of a tranche of $60 million in aid,  initially said to be “non-lethal aid.” Supposedly, that translates as food and  medicine.
Kerry made the announcement this week in Rome, at a meeting  of Friends of Syria, a group of 11 nations.
The leaders of the acknowledged  Syrian opposition were there, too, and they decried the offer as too paltry, but  they are probably wrong to be upset.
 posted on March 1, 2013  in The New Yorker “In Syria, the U.S. Makes a Move”
anderson-syria-aid.jpg . Photo by Pablo Tosco
The odds are good that the declared U.S. assistance is just that—the declared assistance. New weapons of Croatian origin  have been flowing to the rebels since December via the Saudis, and have helped  them here and there on the battlefield.

It has been difficult to account for covert activities or triangulated  logistical operations. The British, too, have announced their willingness to  enhance their support for the rebels.

William Hague’s offer of aid from Britain, which would  require the lifting of E.U. restrictions, is for non-lethal “combat gear,” like night-vision goggles and flak jackets.

Underneath all the opacity and the declarations and the leaks, it seems  evident that the Obama Administration has decided to remain cautious but to  provide backing for Syria’s rebels, who are fighting an increasingly violent war  to unseat the entrenched military regime of Bashar al-Assad.

It is now a  23-month-old conflict with over 70,000 dead and  counting. (to reach 500,000 in 2018). Sometime this week, a million Syrians will have fled their country to neighboring ones as refugees. (To reach 7.5 millions outside and as many inside Syria)

In Jordan, there are now nearly half a million, and more are arriving every day. (And the same is for Lebanon). For the U.N. and other humanitarian agencies, Syria’s war is now the most urgent refugee crisis in the world, with no end in sight.

With Assad’s regime entrenched; fighting taking place daily in most of  Syria’s cities; Iran providing an apparently endless supply of war materiel to  Assad; the Russians, determined to act as power brokers, stubbornly covering the  regime’s back diplomatically.

Additionally, given Syria’s extraordinarily strategic position in the Middle East, it was inevitable that White House would  sooner or later have to come up with a policy to replace its wait-and-see hand-wringing.

Is it wise, or right, to arm Syria’s rebels? (Not wise)

Is it even a U.S. responsibility to do so? History will provide the final verdict, but there is probably not a  wholly right or wrong response at this point.

Syria’s diverse armed opposition is too engaged in war with the Syrian regime to be truly assessed, monitored,  and somehow “made safe” in exchange for U.S. support, and that seems unlikely to  change soon.

This is a hydra-headed war, a bit like a high-stakes poker game, and the best Washington can likely do is take a deep breath and sit down at the table to try  its hand, hoping to make some profit by doing so and not lose the family farm in  the process.

Given the U.S. role in the world, there is no real option but to play,  because out of Syria’s mess will come some kind of new reckoning between the  world’s powers where everyone’s leverage lies in the new Middle East.

The  Russians have staked their bets, and, in their own way, the Chinese, the  Iranians, the Turks, and the Saudis have, too. So has everyone else in the neighborhood, even the small fry. The result is a bloody stalemate.

For better  or worse, everyone is looking to the Americans to tip the balance, because that  is the role that a superpower, still in the game, is expected to play. This is  not about what’s right so much as it is about the game.

If the Americans want  the outcome to favor them and their allies they must try to help mold it. Direct  aid may have its risks, but no move at all means losing, too.

Israeli soldiers using Palestinian kids as shields. Photo by  Nidal Nidal Chehade.
الصورة الاولى من نابلس والثانية من موجهات سجن عوفر<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> جنود الاحتلال الصهيوني يستخدم الاطفال دروعا بشرية

Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2013/03/in-syria-the-us-makes-a-move.html#ixzz2MNintcIn

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