A Peace For All Peace

Yep we Americans know everything that is happening in Syria…..let me break it down a bit…Assad is fighting the rebels and ISIS, the Kurds are fighting Assad and ISIS and now Turkey, Turkey wants Assad gone but they want to end their conflict with the Kurds that has plagued them for decades……and then there are the rebels that are fighting….the rebels….is it clear now?

 

In all that confusion there is a peace talk going on in Vienna……and this conference has reps from US, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iran other a few others thrown in to make it look like a real negotiation…..in case you would like to read more about this try at a settlement…..

Source: Negotiating a “Peace” in Syria: Between Whom and for What? | Center for Strategic and International Studies

My first question is….who is speaking for Syria and the Syrian people?

Let’s say that for some reason a deal is met…..granted it is a bit of a stretch but for the sake of argument…….what about ISIS…….where does this leave the whole ISIS bad scenario?

Is this conference thing just a feel good attempt to make the world think that there is more diplomacy than there really is?

I will not pretend that I am not a supporter of trying to find a negotiated settlement…..but I do not think that this is a serious commitment to a peaceful end…..

Source: The Sham Syrian Peace Conference – Antiwar.com Original by — Antiwar.com

This is just what we do……pretend to end conflicts with fake peace accords…..plus this will do nothing to solve the ISIS problem even it was a real negotiation….

Just another waste of time while people continue to die……

But these meetings in Vienna will help decide who will be a good guy and who will be a bad guy……

With some 20 countries sending representatives to Vienna for weekend talks on Syria, one of the main focuses will be on a global list of “terrorist groups” active within Syria, aimed at settling which groups will be allowed into future unity talks and which are to be excluded.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond predicted a lot of “horse trading” in the compilation of the list, but said virtually everyone, including the US, was likely to end up with some allies on the list who they have to sever ties with.

Though details on who is likely to end up on the terror list weren’t released, Hammond predicted major Saudi pushback for the inclusion of some of the more overt Sunni Islamist factions, like Ansar al-Sham, who they’ve been bankrolling for years.

The list’s primary use will be in deciding who to eventually invite to the talks by process of elimination, but inclusion on the terror list could also turn some currently fashionable allies for some countries into virtual pariahs, and turn some of the less significant groups that manage to avoid the list into more important players.

There the games begin!

Side note:  Minutes before this post was to publish I got word about the negotiations….Kerry says Syria could be ‘weeks away’ from transition

I will remain suspicious until there is more …….

Do Democrats Have A Problem?

Let’s be honest…..the Democrats have taken the eyes off the prize…..they spend all their time promoting their candidate for president so much that they have neglected all other races……that explains why they have lost so many state governor races as well as state legislatures and Congressional seats…..but not to fear we have a Democrat as president……lucky us.

The stupidity of the DNC is screaming for new leadership…..even with that it will take a decade or more before they can return to where they were in 2000……the Democrats have NO young leaders left…….all they have is old farts for leadership…..

The Democratic contest seems to have come down to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, two candidates with an average age of 71. The Republicans, meanwhile, have three candidates in their 40s. The contrast has Mark Schmitt lamenting a “lost generation of Democrats” in the New York Times. Sure, there are exceptions—Martin O’Malley and, of course, President Obama—but by and large the Democratic party is devoid of national leaders in their 40s and 50s. “Step into any progressive organization in Washington or the states, and you’ll see the same phenomenon: leadership by baby boomers, an intense and passionate group of 20- and 30-somethings, and nobody else,” writes Schmitt. “The middle generation is largely missing.” So what’s going on? It helps to recall when this group—and Schmitt himself is a member—came of age.

The boomers grew up in tumultuous times, but “the formative experiences of older Generation Xers were in the quiescent Reagan years, when civic life offered neither the sense of affirmative mission of the civil rights era nor the intense protests and passions of the late 1960s,” writes Schmitt. What’s more, the Democratic party as a whole around this time was not “ideologically coherent” and thus not much of a focal point for the young. In time, younger Democrats now in their 20s and 30s will take leadership roles in national politics. “But the missing middle-aged Democrats remind us that the formative assumptions of each generation can cast a long shadow on the future.” Click for the full column.

This is what happens when they neglect one sector in favor of another…..

Yes, a Democrat as president is important but without a support system of state and national leaders….it means very little if anything.

How Did The Middle East Come To This?

Yep, I just have to try and give some historical context to the conflicts that are now raging in the Middle East……it irritates me that too many people make judgement calls without the least amount of context to their assertions….I do what I can to try and get people to at least try to understand what is happening and why……

As has been pointed out many times by many people the Middle East has seldom been a calm place in the world….there has been conflicts throughout history and most of them extremely violent….the events happening today in Iraq, Syria, Israel, Palestine and most other areas of the region can all be tracked back to World War One…..more exact the end of WW1 and the breakup of the Ottoman Empire.

There is a wealth of books, articles, etc out there that can educate the reader on this situation….but the problem is….few people will take the time to try to understand the people and the events that have formed the problems of today’s Middle East….instead they had rather make up scenarios and then run with them…..

Many people and historians point to two documents that help start the Middle East on a path of violence…..the Balfour Declaration and the Sykes-Picot Agreement…….

Balfour Declaration…..

The Balfour Declaration was sent as a 67-word statement contained within the short letter addressed to the British Foreign Secretary, Lord Arthur Balfour on November 2, 1917. The declaration acknowledged the establishment of a Jewish home in Palestine. The statement of the Declaration read as:

“His Majesty’s Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”

Sykes-Picot Agreement…….

In the Sykes-Picot agreement, concluded on May 19, 1916, France and Britain divided up the Arab territories of the former Ottoman Empire into spheres of influence. In its designated sphere, it was agreed, each country shall be allowed to establish such direct or indirect administration or control as they desire and as they may think fit to arrange with the Arab State or Confederation of Arab States. Under Sykes-Picot, the Syrian coast and much of modern-day Lebanon went to France; Britain would take direct control over central and southern Mesopotamia, around the Baghdad and Basra provinces. Palestine would have an international administration, as other Christian powers, namely Russia, held an interest in this region. The rest of the territory in question—a huge area including modern-day Syria, Mosul in northern Iraq, and Jordan—would have local Arab chiefs under French supervision in the north and British in the south. Also, Britain and France would retain free passage and trade in the other’s zone of influence.

These two documents did more to inflame the Middle East…but what about the US in all this backstabbing?

Pres. Wilson issued his 14 point plan…….

In this January 8, 1918, speech on War Aims and Peace Terms, President Wilson set down 14 points as a blueprint for world peace that was to be used for peace negotiations after World War I. The details of the speech were based on reports generated by “The Inquiry,” a group of about 150 political and social scientists organized by Wilson’s adviser and long-time friend, Col. Edward M House. Their job was to study Allied and American policy in virtually every region of the globe and analyze economic, social, and political facts likely to come up in discussions during the peace conference. The team began its work in secret and in the end produced and collected nearly 2,000 separate reports and documents plus at least 1,200 maps.

In the speech, Wilson directly addressed what he perceived as the causes for the world war by calling for the abolition of secret treaties, a reduction in armaments, an adjustment in colonial claims in the interests of both native peoples and colonists, and freedom of the seas. Wilson also made proposals that would ensure world peace in the future. For example, he proposed the removal of economic barriers between nations, the promise of “self-determination” for those oppressed minorities, and a world organization that would provide a system of collective security for all nations.

For all his well meaning attempts…Sykes-Picot craps all over his vision of the “promise of self-determination” for the people of the Middle East….

There is a series written by Khaled Diab on the regions history and situations….they are an excellent piece of writing and will add to any readers knowledge of the Middle East……..

Source: The ghost of conflicts past, present and future – Al Jazeera English

Source: The Middle Eastern century that wasn’t – Al Jazeera English

Source: The Middle East’s century to come – Al Jazeera English

The actions by the allies at the end of World War One created the conditions for the conflicts we know today.  Yes, there has always been conflict in the region but post-WW1 created a vacuum that has not been filled and the result is constant conflict and violence.

It is true that hindsight is 20/20…..it is just as true that knowledge can prevent a catastrophe.

Somewhere out there in the blogosphere there is a mental midget rolling his/her eyes at this post…..I am sure there is an insult waiting to happen…..but what the Hell….I have lived with idiots ever since I started this blog…..why would today be any different?

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How Saudi/Gulf Money Fuels Terror

Is anyone interested in how ISIS is funded?

Right now after the terror attack in Paris few are concerned about that……we want revenge…..

As I have been writing for months that most of the support for ISIS comes from the Persian Gulf countries……you know our “allies”….Saudi Arabia the biggest….after all they believe the same religious tenets as the jihadists in ISIS……

But their involvement goes deeper than most Americans are aware……in case you want a little more info for your next blog post….then try this article……

Source: How Saudi/Gulf Money Fuels Terror | Consortiumnews

Funny how no one wants to hear this type of story….for it is far easier to regurgitate falsehoods and innuendos….sad in a way.