There should be a lower intellectual level to the statements by a US Secretary of Defence.
There should be a debunking of the unethical behaviour that repeatedly state that there is only a political solution to Syria and continue to use only violence.
There should be a discussion about international law here.
There should be a discussion of what is morally defensible in this case, even assuming for the sake of argument that President al-Assad is the worst guy on earth.
Why isn’t there – after so many years and so much human suffering and destruction?
We need a very different discourse about Syria – ASAP.
Now seems a good time for a long, long overdue all-inclusive Middle East Peace Conference, and putting everything on the dialogue table – most importantly, identifying and acknowledging the true root causes of the parties’ differences.
Thanks, Jerry Alatalo – yes, that would probably be a good idea but before a conference it’s important to have dialogues with all parties individually and in pairs so, when they finally meet at such a conference, it will not just be a shouting match and show-off to the media. If there is such a conference it must take time, patience and a lot of human and financial resources to plan – otherwise it will be a failure.
The main question could be: What does the Middle East that you would feel safe in and work hard for look like – in other words, the compatibility and synergy among many part-visions and larger complexer visions.
Thanks for thinking constructively! – Jan