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Obama’s Inaction in Syria Has Disgraced the Nobel Peace Prize

avatar by Barry Shaw

Opinion
President Barack Obama. Photo: Pete Souza / White House.

President Barack Obama. Photo: Pete Souza/White House.

Attempts to achieve peace through inaction are bound to fail. Just ask the people of Aleppo. Attempts to achieve peace through appeasement are bound to fail. Just ask Neville Chamberlain. Peace only comes from assertive action that destroys a rampaging enemy’s will to survive. Just ask Winston Churchill. World War II should have taught us that.

Doing nothing in the face of an Assad-inflicted genocide in Syria — which is supported by Iran and Russia — has shown us where inaction leads.

Obama’s promise to live up to the vain standards of the Nobel Peace Prize lies in the ashes of Aleppo.

Obama’s dereliction of his international and humanitarian responsibilities by failing to implement his infamous “red lines”warning made a mockery of the Nobel Prize. His non-violent policy and impotence to act gave the green light to the resultant Syrian genocide.

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Syria is another step that follows in the awful tradition of Rwanda, Sudan and many more. Collectively, they show us that only using force against evil-doers will protect innocent lives against acts of unchallenged heinous massacre.

When good men of influence do nothing but complain, evil triumphs. Obama was a complainer, not a doer.

In the summer of 2013, John Kerry called Assad’s early chemical attacks on his citizens “a moral obscenity” for which there needed to be “accountability.”  We have yet to hear from the accountants as the death toll reaches half a million souls.

The world was watching and waiting as Obama did nothing.

The Middle East remains the same Middle East as it was before the misnamed “Arab Spring.” Powerful dictators retain their seats of power. Erdogan, Assad, Sisi, the Saudis, the Mullahs in Tehran. Al Qaeda has been outmatched by the more lethal ISIS, another hideous apparition that was dismissed by Obama.

To stay alive in this bloodbath of a region, one must remain strong, tough and vigilant. Appeasement is not an option. It is perceived as weakness and the weak are devoured by the predators — of which there are many.

To intolerant regimes with global agendas, extending an olive branch is a joke. Realism, sharp awareness of the reality of the neighborhood and a clear-eyed identification of the players and their ambitions is required.

With Assad regaining territory and strengthening his once teetering grip on power it seems increasingly certain that no one is going to remove this Syrian dictator. Obama had the chance and blew it.

Assad, for all his faults, never seriously threatened Israel. Under a Trump presidency, a possibility opens up to coordinate with Putin a future Syria in which the Russians will continue to protect Assad, but also coordinate a plan with America and operate jointly to defeat ISIS, while persuading the Iranians to withdraw their Hezbollah proxies — so as not to threaten Israel from the Golan Heights, and to dedicate safe zones in which Syrian refugees can be returned, housed and fed until it becomes possible for them to be more permanently housed.

In other words, the noble purpose of the Nobel Peace Prize can be revived through “affirmative action.”

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