Whether Obama’s Syria team failed to predict what was all too predictable in Syria, or simply did not give a damn, does not matter. The result is both a tragedy and a travesty of justice, decency and humanity. Obama might have killed Bin Ladin, but he also gifted Al-Qaeda a new base for its global operations and the potential of making a hundred new Bin Ladins. The brunt of this failure will be borne by Syrians of course, but soon people all over the region and the world, including Americans, will suffer as well. This is the price of indifference in our interconnected world.
Like so many are willing to say these days, it was only a matter of time: the flourishing of Jihadi groups, Arab-Kurdish clashes, and the breakdown of the state. Each and every of these developments was all too predictable, and was in fact predicted, including by yours truly on this blog, and by many others.
Whether Obama’s Syria team failed to see this, failed to predict the all too predictable, or simply did not give a damn, does not matter. The result is both a tragedy and a travesty. Obama might have killed Bin Ladin, but he also gifted Al-Qaeda a new base and the potential of making a hundred new Bin Ladins.
The brunt of this failure will be borne by Syrians of course, but soon Americans will suffer as well. Soon, someone in the United States will once again have a reason to ask “why do they hate us?” And experts will rush in to provide the same tired answers that conflate ideology with facts. The result will be new and often flawed policies that reflect too many ideological compromises to allow them to be effective, and the world will sputter on towards a new tragedy.
You cannot break this cycle without some honest discussion about America’s real place in this world and without engaging the world in a real discussion about the nature, structure and decision-making mechanisms of the new world order. As things stand right now, we are still standing in the shadows of the Cold War, yet to transition into a new vision of a the world beyond the issue of polarity.
The New Front or the Internal Spillover
Developments in the majority-Kurdish neighborhood of Al-Ashrafiyeh in Aleppo City come as another warning sign of how much worse things in Syria could still get. If the situation is not controlled immediately, spillovers will be felt in the Kurdish-majority towns of Efrin and Kobani in north Aleppo, and Kurdish-majority areas beyond, including the critical province of Al-Hassakeh. A new front will signal what might be an irreversible dissolution process for Syria.
Children are among the victims as usual: Al-Hajar Al-Aswad, Damascus City http://youtu.be/7L_8-4j65Lc , http://youtu.be/bswy3HY-O9Y Idlib http://youtu.be/rW7ezJI1MmM , http://youtu.be/dEIaCSsfkXI Karak, Daraa Province http://youtu.be/bNbhty96FCw
The pounding of Eastern Ghoutah region in Damascus Province by MiGs and Sukhoys continues: Kafar Batna http://youtu.be/ZDhWIksDies Saqba http://youtu.be/4FUE5ATKP7M Hamouriyeh http://youtu.be/H5iBfpqQVm4 Arbeen http://youtu.be/XiEJt9rxfFI Jobar http://youtu.be/njKaxax-UdU Al-Tadamon http://youtu.be/JjJgTTlwybg Harasta http://youtu.be/jqdoUTmZsbY
The city of Deir Ezzor received its share of the pounding as well http://youtu.be/E-XH6XCGJ8w