Friday, August 26, 2016

Diplomats Talk While Syrians Die

Diplomats Talk While Syrians Die

by Stephen Lendman

Earlier peace talks aimed at conflict resolution were stillborn - a waste of time accomplishing nothing. 

Endless Sergey Lavrov/John Kerry meetings on Syria achieved nothing substantive toward resolving intractable positions on both sides.

Both men are in Geneva for another round of talks on Friday. Pro-Western UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura is involved. 

Reportedly he’ll meet separately with each minister to discuss UN conflict resolution proposals. Why this way instead together with them both is one of many examples of irreconcilable US/Russian positions on the conflict.

Ahead of Friday’s meeting, US and Russian military officials met - reportedly to discuss dire Aleppo conditions and need for agreement on pauses in fighting to provide desperately needed humanitarian aid.

Will Lavrov’s latest meeting with Kerry achieve a breakthrough? Will both sides agree on what’s been unattainable before? Will chances for peace be enhanced by Friday discussions?

Syria is Obama’s war, naked aggression against a nonbelligerent state, orchestrated by Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

Endless earlier diplomatic talks were futile, achieving nothing toward resolving conflict and restoring peace.

Will this time be different? How when Russia’s best efforts before failed, with America and Turkey partnered in Wednesday’s invasion and occupation of northern Syrian territory on the phony pretext of combating ISIS - escalating, not curbing conflict?

Chances for anything positive from Friday’s meeting are virtually nil - regardless of what both sides say at its conclusion.

Washington launched naked aggression on Syria for regime change, to transform its sovereign independence into another US vassal state, for another imperial trophy, to serve Israeli interests, to isolate Iran ahead of targeting its government the same way - continuing longstanding US permanent war policy.

Scores, maybe hundreds of Syrians die daily while endless futile diplomacy continues. The price of US imperial arrogance is paid for in Syrian blood - mostly defenseless civilian men, women, children, the elderly and infirm.

Assad’s political and media advisor Bouthiana Shaaban believes a “a third world war (began) without naming it.” US-led Western countries “promote their own way of life, their own ideology…at the expense” of countless millions of others, she said.

American exceptionalism is humanity’s scourge. Shaaban appears right. False flags launch wars. Perhaps the 9/11 mother of them all began WW III with no one noticing.

War raged in Europe from September 1939 (in Asia much earlier) to December 7, 1941 before it was called WW II.

Is global war underway now, heading for something much more serious than already - the possibility, perhaps likelihood, of nuclear confrontation if Hillary succeeds Obama?

Her anti-Russia, anti-China, anti-Iran, anti-peace extremism risks the unthinkable. Current US aggression in multiple theaters may be prelude to greater war threatening humanity’s survival.

America’s permanent war agenda threatens everyone. Friday Lavrov/Kerry talks won’t lessen the greatest risk humanity faces - possible extermination because of US imperial ambitions.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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