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Western Diplomats are Partially Responsible for Syrian Deaths

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 25, 2012

It has been well over a year since the revolt and killings in Syria began.  Since then, between 15,000 and 20,000 Syrians have been killed by a brutal regime.  While much of the blame lies with the tyrant Bashar Assad, Western diplomats and more specifically progressive must accept some responsibility for the massacre.

Wall Street Journal writer Bret Stephens published a piece this week titled Remember Bashar Assad, ‘Reformer’? that lists some of the missteps by American diplomats that include the following:

Nancy Pelosi – In 2007 the Democratic House Majority Leader said that “the road to Damascus is a road to peace.”

John Kerry – On March 16, 2011 the Democratic senator from Massachusetts, just after the demonstrations in Syria began, said that Assad was “very generous with me.”  He concluded that under Assad “Syria will move; Syria will change as it embraces a legitimate relationship with the United States.”

Hillary Clinton – Our Secretary of State on March 27, 2011 was questioned as to why the United States intervened in Libya, but was unwilling to do so in Syria.  Current credible answer was: “There’s a different leader in Syria now.  Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he (Assad) is a reformer.”

While Republican administrations have attempted to placate the Assad regime over the years, Progressive politicians have been the most naïve in understanding the evil of this regime.  They must accept culpability in the mass murders that have occurred in the past 16 months.  As commander-in-chief, President Obama must also accept his responsibility in a foreign policy that has turned its back on the carnage occurring in Syria.

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