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    • christoph
    • 11.09.13 | 23:24 (IDT)

    Somehow it's an odd couple: The Secretary of state Kerry appearing as Cato maior - "Ceterum censeo Damascum esse delendum" - a role which one would not automatically expect from a chief diplomat, and Obama who sounds like: "Yes, we can! But should we really?" To a little extent, I hope that the threats from the US bring diplomacy forwards, because since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war, I've had this deep feeling of inability. Now the US frighten not only the Baathist regime, but us with them: If some Arabs kill each others, who cares? But in case of an American military intervention, there's the possibility that hard circumstances may be imposed on a greater part of the world: Security measures, economical sanctions against different countries... all of which we have already known after 9/11/2001, those 12 years of my life which have made me older, but not happier... So, this message goes out to the responsible war parties: If you don't want the Great Satan come forth again - I don't! I swear! - lay down your weapons. Please.

    from the article: Solid evidence, little appetite to strike: Obama's dual-track approach to Syria
    First published 01:01 11.09.13 | Last updated 20:23 10.09.13
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