Perhaps not surprisingly, since he seems to have copped out on virtually every promise, stance, or position he took to get re-elected -- even delaying the full implementation of his own health care plan -- Barack Obama is now ready to cop out on actually handling the current crisis in Syria! Grasping at the Russian straw -- not an olive branch at all -- our President appears to be endorsing the plan to put Syrian chemical weapons under supposed United Nations control.
Here is a lesson for Barack in chemical weaponry: unlike nuclear arms, chemical weapons have no easily-detectable trace nor do they occupy much space, enough Sarin or comparable nerve gas to kill a city full of people could be stored in the Oval Office of the White House (now, there is a really scary thought.) And of course those same chemical weapons can be moved around at will, in disguised grocery trucks if Bashir Assad so chooses. And, when it comes to killing his own people, Bashir Assad is a master of the mechanics. United Nations so-called chemical weapons control is a real farce!
One would think that the fact that this rather-dubious proposal came from Russian president-forever Putin, a staunch backer of the genocidal Assad regime, not to mention a former key KGB operative who is alleged to have dissidents killed with polonium-pointed umbrellas, would be enough to raise our hackles. One would think its origin to be a mite of a giveaway that this superficially-sensible idea of turning Syrian supplies of poison gas over to the United Nations is totally unworkable. But then, one would also think that President Barack Obama would have seen through the Putin Proposal!
Why, then, is Barack Obama suddenly so supportive of this particular hypocrisy? Might it be that he sees little chance of getting any kind of limited military strike against the genocidal Syrian regime through Congress -- or perhaps that he realizes how very tired the American people are of needless wars, so that they are unwilling to back even a needed no-fly zone against Bashir Assad and his crew of killers? Or, perhaps, might it be that his premature Nobel Peace Prize has come to haunt him, as it has undoubtedly come to haunt the Nobel Peace Prize Committee who awarded it? The world may little note nor long remember what reasons the President has for one more cop-out -- but the Syrian people will sadly suffer the tragic consequences.
Eugene Elander has been a progressive social and political activist for decades. As an author, he won the Young Poets Award at 16 from the Dayton Poets Guild for his poem, The Vision. He was chosen Poet Laureate of (more...)