The Opportunists, the Helpless, and the Weak

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During this year U.N. General Assembly many leaders who spoke had something to say about the atrocities being committed in Syria. But words uttered by one leader have a different impact than words uttered by another even though both are sincere in their intentions.

When Obama spoke about Syria, his words sounded as appealing as the words of a Syrian oppositionist or another leader whose hands are tied and is unable to help except through expressing his opinion on the matter. To me, it was one of the biggest displays of how weak Obama is as President of the greatest country. Truly sad to see the United States become just another country complaining instead of solving world problems with resolve and tact.

In similar fashion, Syrians found the words of such Arab leaders as Hamad bin al-Thani of Qatar, an interventionist par excellence, sarcastic and ironic because they fully understand Arab rulers will not interfere because they would be violating their own Arab League Charter and that they place their own narrow self-interests above all else. Even the little amount of Qatari funds streaming into Syria to buy small weapons with is intended to serve the interests of al-Thani more than Syrians. Syrians understand that size speaks volumes about a will.

But when Egypt”™s Morsi speaks about Syria, regardless of what he says, Syrians understand he, unlike Obama, is limited in his capacity to help. The helpless compassion is enough to give him a status unlike any other leader. Even Erdogan, whom many Syrians today believe is a master at shooting blanks, cannot muster such benevolence in spite of Turkey”™s help for the Syrian refugees and those escaping the Assad violence, which has been instrumental in saving many Syrian lives.

This does not bode well for Syria or Syrians hungry for a new leadership the Obama Administration has tactfully avoided to offer them. Between the opportunists in the Gulf, the helpless compassionate Morsi, and the weak Obama, Syrians are really in trouble.


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