We have an on-going war inÂ SyriaÂ that has taken the lives of about 70,000Â SyriansÂ (40,000 killed and 30,000 disappeared) the direct result of the Assad regime of terror.
We have the tragedy of 2,500,000 total displaced Syrians (According to theÂ Red Cross).
We have the human sufferings ofÂ 358,000Â Syrians (According to UNHCR) who have taken refuge in Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon (Thank you to all three).
We have the potential Syria‘s war may spill over neighboring countries in terms of real fighting.Â It has already spilled over the whole region in terms of sectarian divide.
We have the opportunity to remove the Assad regime, one of the most horrific regimes of terror that ever existed globally (HereÂ is a partial known history of the Assad terror).
We have the opportunity to clip the wings of the Mullahs of Iran, Assad‘s masters of terror and possibly help the Iranian people regain their freedom and dignity.
We have the opportunity to reconstitute the Middle East on the basis of cooperative efforts in pursuit of self-interests and pragmatism rather than destabilization and terror.
We had the opportunity of limiting extremism on both sides but the international community missed it because of UN vetoes by Russia and China and because both know the US won’t act unilaterally (ThatÂ knowledgeÂ makes it easier for the two Security Council Permanent Members to veto instead of negotiating a reasonable outcome).
We have an opposition body formed two days ago (The National Coalition) that the United States pushed hard for and helped in itsÂ architectureÂ using ideas from Syrian dissidents.
In the last tally, here is where the international community stands on Syria.
The closest position to Russia and China is the United States, then Germany, then France, then the UK, and then the Arab LeagueÂ (It took the Arab League a long time to finally decide Assad must go). Since the rulers in Iran are active participants in killing Syrians, I did not feel any need to include the country’s position.
We have a United States of America sometimes absent, sometimes oscillating, sometimes stumbling, sometimes helping, and sometimes refusing to take sides in Syria; but always lending lip service from mighty podiums.
Even when Europe and the Arab League recognized the National Coalition, the US and Russia remain adamantly against recognizing a legitimate opposition. After working so hard on establishing its architecture, this morning Secretary ClintonÂ said:
“We have long called for this kind of organization. We want to see that momentum maintained. As the Syrian opposition takes these steps and demonstrates its effectiveness in advancing the cause of a unified, democratic, pluralistic Syria, we will be prepared to work with them to deliver assistance to the Syrian people.”
While her words sound reasonable, the US had that opportunity when the FSA started defecting and long before it outsourced to Erdogan the task of forming the SNC, the very same organization Clinton is breaking apart today (The buck stops at the White House). The US is running in circles and dragging everyone along for the ride.
Meanwhile, Syrians are dying and disappearing, sectarianism is unstoppable, and 2,500,000 Syrians have been misplaced with 358,000 refugees.
Don’t you feel like throwing a raw egg in somebody’s face right now?