Nearly half a million people have died in the Syrian civil war which began with the Arab Spring and under Barack Obama’s encouragement. It is almost over with 99% of Aleppo being taken by Assad’s military after Obama conceded the war to the Russians, Iranians and Assad regime.
The Syrian forces are said to be going into homes shooting women and children on sight according to Human Rights organizations and they are torturing others. Others say the Assad soldiers are helping women and children and allowing militants to evacuate. There are no reporters on the ground to tell us what is going on.
Once Russia and Iran entered the fray, they began killing our allies, allies which included terrorists. How many is hard to say.
President Barack Obama recently and idiotically said global warming “contributed” to the Syrian civil war, shifting at least some of the blame for the deadly conflict from the repressive Assad regime to people driving gas-guzzling SUVs.
“There’s already some really interesting work — not definitive, but powerful — showing that the droughts that happened in Syria contributed to the unrest and the Syrian civil war,” Obama said during the South By South Lawn event at the White House on October 5th.
The stage for revolution by the Syrian people began even before Obama with Bush’s Freedom Agenda, which included providing generous funding for training thousands of nonviolent activists in Syria and across the region. It paved the way for the Arab Spring and for the nonviolent protest movement in Syria. Bush couldn’t have known how incompetent his successor would be.
Obama has been America’s leader since the Syrian crisis began in 2011, but he did little besides talk. Obama is a man of inaction who thinks his words should be enough. The Assad regime must fall, he said. He demanded regime change.
The US did not give aid to the allegedly true freedom fighters for over a year-and-a-half or provide a safe haven. At the time, a no-fly zone would probably have worked. Eventually, terrorists from around the region joined the fighters, filling the vacuum left by a paralyzed US president. ISIS also move in.
The Obama administration encouraged the Syrian civil war with political intervention in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen, Hilary’s military intervention in Libya, and Obama’s early praise of nonviolent protest leaders in Syria.
Then came Obama’s infamous “red line” that Assad, he said, must not cross. If Assad used chemical weapons against civilians, there would be repercussions. Assad used the WMDs but it took the US nearly a year to figure it out and then they ignored it except for the fiasco of pretending Assad shipped out all of his WMDs with Russia’s assistance.
After Russia entered the war and began bombing our ‘allies’, Obama pulled back on material support they needed while saying nothing in the way of condemnation. By that time, we didn’t really know who our allies were – they were infiltrated with terrorists.
Before the Arab revolutions, the international community had adopted the UN-endorsed doctrine of the Responsibility to Protect, an international law that was intended to establish the legal groundwork for international intervention to prevent or stop mass slaughter and to offer aid in the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters.
Obama, even before he was president, was willing to invoke the promise of Never Again, the notion that lies at the heart of R2P, in connection with the ongoing genocide in Darfur. Indeed, President Obama invoked R2P to justify intervention in Libya.
Syrians took the promise seriously. They took Obama’s words seriously. Words do matter as Obama has said. However, Obama decided to pass the buck to the Gulf states after lighting the fire, knowing they would not take up the cause for different reasons.
We’re not saying we should have gone into Syria or wanted him to but when he said he shouldn’t have drawn the red line only to abandon it.
Seeing that the US left a vacuum of leadership, the Iraqi Shia [Iran] militias and the Kurdish Syrian militias that had been armed by the United States to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria joined Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime’s forces in the fight against alleged moderate, Sunni Arab Syrian rebels and conducted ethnic cleansing campaigns in Aleppo (here and here).
We actually supported the Iranian Shias and our military are working with them in Iraq where the same thing could happen. The Iraqi Shias have expressed a desire to kill the Americans as they have in the past.
The US has no leverage left and no credibility. Doing anything now would require a face-off with Putin. The President-elect appears to have no appetite for intervening except in the case of ISIS which is possibly a good idea.
This is the position we’ve been put in by Barack Obama. Syria now becomes a satellite of Iran which will soon have the nuclear bomb thanks to Barack Obama and his ‘deal’. The Middle East and Syria were far better off before Obama.
What president would have allowed this to happen except Barack Obama?
President Obama said in part at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on April 23, 2012: “too often the world has failed to prevent the killing of innocents on a massive scale. And we are haunted by the atrocities that we did not stop and the lives we did not save.”
His only response was to ship some ten thousand unvetted Syrians into the US.
While there are reports of massacres, other reports indicate the soldiers are helping women and children and allowing militants to leave. We are sharing a few tweets but we don’t know what the truth is though General Keane says a massacre and a genocide is taking place.
— Haidar Sumeri (@IraqiSecurity) December 13, 2016
— Zohwa (@zohway) December 13, 2016
— Rami Zien (@Rami_Zien) December 13, 2016
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) December 13, 2016
Some are saying there are no massacres.
— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) December 13, 2016
— Hayley Barlow (@Hayley_Barlow) December 13, 2016
Some people are celebrating in Aleppo now that they are freed of ISIS.
Watch: people celebrate in #Aleppo when city was liberated from ISIS terror!
But Media pretend it’s not newsworthy.. pic.twitter.com/A8u8NrHpPW
— Tennessee GOP (@TEN_GOP) December 13, 2016
There is reason to believe Obama allowed ISIS to go into Syria to fight ISIS.
Why didn’t Obama order the ISIS convoys attacked as they fled Iraq for Syria? #Aleppo
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) December 13, 2016