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Wash Post pulls a NOW Lebanon

Jackson Diehl has this great piece – illustrative of the neo-LiberalCon carelessness when it comes to wars in other people’s countries – which essentially tries to argue that the doom and gloom scenario for syria is NOT likley…. The best part is when he uses the tried and true reportage of NOW Lebanon and talks to one guy who he fails to explain recieved MILLIONS in covert US funding…. C’mon folks, even if such a policy is fine and good, you still have to tell your readers when these folks are on someone else’s payroll… at least google the guys name and add this bit!

But more than this – Look at the irony here: the piece is attacking Obama for not doing enough on syria…. and Jackson talks to…. an “activist” that is BEING FUNDED BY OBAMA!

“…I sorted through some of these obstacles last week with Ausama Monajed, the energetic spokesman of the National Initiative for Change, which is a coalition of Internet-based Syrian activists in and outside the country. The first problem, as he sees it, is that the United States “doesn’t have a Syria policy. It has a Middle East peace policy, but not a Syria-
specific policy.”

He’s right, of course. The Obama administration’s “engagement” policy for Syria was centered on obtaining results in other countries: peace for Israel, stability in Lebanon, the isolation of Iran. One reason it has been so slow to abandon Assad is that it would mean setting aside a mind-set that perceives Assad as capable of delivering those breakthroughs.

The bloodbath of the past few weeks has mostly snuffed out this fantasy of “Assad the reformer.” But the fear of what could follow him remains. A Post news article last week summed up the conventional wisdom, asserting that the fall of the regime “would unleash a cataclysm of chaos, violence and extremism.

Asks Monajed, reasonably enough: Where’s the evidence for this? So far there has been no “sectarian strife” in the protests — on the contrary, the slogans raised by the demonstrators have stressed Syrian unity. No al-Qaeda suicide bombers have turned up — just young students and workers who, like people across the Middle East, are demanding that their countries join the 21st century. “The only ones talking about sectarian conflict are the regime,” says Monajed. “The people in the streets know that this is a trap — and they are determined not to fall into that trap.”

Lastly, there are the neighbors to whom Obama would defer — Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel. But in the latter two countries, at least, there has been a shift in the past couple of weeks. A realization is dawning that Assad may not survive — and that if he does, the regime will be dangerously weak.”


Written by nickbiddlenoe

May 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Posted in ANALYSIS

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