Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Syria: War Drums Go Silent as Sensibilities Emerge

Make love not war
While watching Morning Joe (MSNBC), today, it was reported that: 
"Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp have offered a second path to dealing with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that doesn't immediately call for missile strikes. Sen. Manchin joins Morning Joe to discuss. NBC News' Chuck Todd join the conversation."
(Morning Joe). Sen. Manchin said that he had shared his proposed Senate Resolution with the staff of Secretary of State John Kerry, who thereafter had the good judgment to mention that potential diplomatic approach in a press conference, briefing, and/or speech.

Then President Putin of Russia took the ball and ran with it, publicly saying it was a good idea, to which President Obama agreed.

Next we have the Syrian government indicating that it accepted the idea and is agreeable to placing all of its chemical weapons under international, meaning U.N. control, it would seem:
On Monday, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem stated that his country welcomed the Russian proposal, which called for Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control and for the weapons to be destroyed.
(Huffington Post). And France is moving this new development along in the U.N. process:
The French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, said France had reacted with "interest but also with caution" to the Russian proposal that Syria place its weapons under international control.
(Syria: France to test Russia plan with UN resolution). This kind of thing should not be so rare in our international relations.

So, we should step back from the brink then move back to where we were a couple of decades ago, to a more robust use of diplomacy and the U.N.

Now President Obama has an opportunity to shine up his Nobel Peace Prize in his speech tonight, and at the same time has an opportunity to shine up his image with the people of the world, who have been clear that this new idea is better than the violent idea.

The era of international diplomacy is a good thing to revive, with full strength.

Recently President Obama mentioned in an interview that he was in favor of a robust diplomatic corps.

We Earthlings have a lot of things to work on together for the betterment of all of our lives on this embattled planet --our only home world.

I have my fingers crossed.

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