If John Kerry is correct, Syria may be another U.S. foreign policy mistake

John Kerry

CHARLOTTEJanuary 30, 2014 – We now have conclusive proof that life in other parts of the universe is a reality. There is the planet Earth where most of us live, and then there is the outer limits of the Twilight Zone where the Obama administration resides.

Of particular note are Mr. Obama’s choices of Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, both of whom have alien perspectives when it comes to foreign policy. It is impossible to believe that two people of such supposedly high intelligence can have direct access to the movers and shakers of the world and are still unable to grasp the reality of evidence staring them in the face.

Either that or both Clinton and Kerry plus Obama have such low regard for the American people that they truly believe anything and everything they say will continue to be accepted at 100% face value.

Despite irrefutable precedents, American interventions in the Middle East demonstrate that we have never yet been able to bring about democracy as we know it to the region. And yet, Barack Obama and his minions continue to insist that we can negotiate with Iran or make “red line” deals with Syria and Russia to bring about stability to the Arab world.

Garbage in. Garbage out. Maybe the administration is still smoking that harmless weed Barack Obama experimented with in his youth.

In a recent interview, John Kerry insisted that if Bashar Assad is ousted in Syria, then the country will become a Garden of Eden for everyone, especially minorities. The exact words were, “I believe that a peace can protect all of the minorities: Druze, Christian, Isma‘ilis, Alawites — all of them can be protected, and you can have a pluralistic Syria, in which minority rights of all people are protected.”

It didn’t take long for the U.S. military to get rid of Saddam Hussein. That was supposed to liberate Iraq and bring about democratic change. Instead nearly half the Christian population has fled the country in the ten plus years since overthrowing Saddam. Countless minorities, especially Christians, have been brutalized and/or killed while large numbers of churches were either bombed or burned.

According to a January 19 article in “National Review Online” Iraq now ranks fourth among the top 50 nations in the world where Christians are most persecuted.

Sounding strangely like a terrorist version of a sports national rankings poll, Afghanistan is fifth, Libya is rated 13th and Egypt is 22nd among nations most dangerous for Christians. Oh, and that country where John Kerry claims minorities will be safer, Syria, is currently third.

Have we forgotten about Libya. The Republicans certainly remember Benghazi, even though the media ignores it and Hillary Clinton says “what difference does it make.” That was back when al-Qaeda died in order to help Barack Obama’s re-election. Following that al-Qaeda has enjoyed a resurrection which has made them bigger than ever. Perhaps we should avoid Christian-style references now that Muammar Qaddafi is dead, so that Christians can continue to be tortured and killed.

What about Egypt? Mohamed Morsi is gone but the Obama administration continues such strong ties to the Muslim Brotherhood that Russia has become a closer ally for the desert nation than the U.S.  Coptic Christians have been persecuted to the point where killing Copts and destroying their churches has practically become a spectator sport.

It would appear that these examples, which remain living, breathing hot spots in the Middle East today, would be enough evidence to John Kerry that the U.S. doesn’t have a strong grasp of how to deal with the Arab world and its culture.

Democracy of any sort is a foreign concept in the Muslim world where religion is so integral to daily life that it cannot be separated from politics. That alone should be enough to demonstrate that Jeffersonian democracy as we know it is incomprehensible.

Add the inborn paranoia and victimization of the region to fourteen centuries of tribal conflict and a belief system founded on hatred and it does not take a genius to realize that legitimate negotiations are virtually impossible. Talking, yes. The Arab world loves to talk. Negotiating, no.

Diplomacy is necessary. So are negotiations if they are legitimate. What is also significant however, is an honest assessment of reality.

Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com).  

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  • Tanya Grimsley

    If everyone would read even the LAST 3 paragraphs in this article! WOW! Great info Bob, thanks!