Syria is not witnessing a battle for democracy, but an armed conflict between government and opposition in a multi-religious country.
‘We are not protecting the Syrian government, but international law.
The law is still the law, and we must follow it whether we like it or not.
Reports that militants are preparing another attack~ this time against Israel ~cannot be ignored.
Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.”But force has proved ineffective and pointless.Afghanistan is reeling, and no one can say what will happen after international forces withdraw.Libya is divided into tribes and clans.In Iraq the civil war continues, with dozens killed each day.In the United States, many draw an analogy between Iraq and Syria, and ask why their government would want to repeat recent mistakes.
We must stop using the language of force and return to the path of civilized diplomatic and political settlement.
It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation.
It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.”
My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this. I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.
"That’s all irrelevant ... He put this proposal forward and he’s now invested in it. That’s good. That’s the best possible reaction. He’s fully invested in Syria’s CW disarmament and that’s potentially better than a military strike ~ which would deter and degrade but wouldn’t get rid of all the chemical weapons. He now owns this. He has fully asserted ownership of it and he needs to deliver."