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State of War in Syria

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"Six conflict-zones....are in danger of erupting into fresh violence." Washington and its allies spurn peace. Instead they're "adding fuel to the fire."

Pressure builds intolerably. At issue is embroiling the entire region in conflict. Washington is losing multiple wars. Why itch for more? Spoiling for more fights makes winning any less likely.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov calls Washington's war on Assad "an element of a larger regional geopolitical game."

Obama's policy is influenced by electoral priorities. Much depends on pleasing the Israeli Lobby. AIPAC wants war on Syria and Iran. It calls both countries state sponsors of terrorism. No evidence backs either claim.

For years, "Syria has been a force for (regional) instability," it says. 

"Iran is the world's leading state sponsor of terror and is racing toward a nuclear weapons capability. Through its proxy armies of Hizballah in Southern Lebanon, Hamas in the Gaza Strip and insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Iranian regime is supporting terrorists carrying out daily attacks on American troops and Israeli civilians."

Again, rhetoric substitutes for hard facts.

Seale says Obama "lost control to Israel. (He) collapsed in front of (Netanyahu's) Greater Israel (land grab) ambitions...."

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He's embroiled in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Palestine, Yemen, Somalia, and "increasingly across the Sahel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea. Its territory includes Mauritania, Mali, southern Algeria, Niger, Chad, South Sudan and Eritrea.

He's fighting battles he can't win. He's like a punch drunk fighter refusing to go down when licked. Instead, new ways to kill, destroy, and subvert are used. Peace and stability more than ever look distant.

Immanuel Wallerstein discussed the "impossible dilemmas of declining powers." Years ago he predicted America's decline. It's happening faster than he imagined. It's policies are self-defeating. Short-term priorities assure its longer-run downfall.

"The obvious thing to do is not to go down this road any more." America's agenda doesn't work. Neither does Israel's "Don't (Obama and Netanyahu) understand this?" 

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If so, why do they keep doing what's failing? They even boast when they should change strategies responsibly.

Political priorities take precedence. Opposition hard-liners in both countries think they're soft. Voices for change are absent. Hawks are dominant. Public opinion remains indifferent about what matters most.

Wallerstein suggests both leaders have delusions of grandeur. Obama wants unchallenged global hegemony. Netanyahu seeks a Greater Israel. It includes all Arab land he can grab. 

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