We are anguished by the loss of life as a result of a war that has been raging for three years in Syria. Equally, we are dismayed by the insincerity and ineptitude of the “international community” to broker a political resolution to a tragic situation. In response to the chemical weapons attack of August 21st, which took the lives hundreds of Syrians, the people of the United States appear to have finally become aware of the conflict.
The decision to use force, in political contexts, deserves to be held to the highest evidentiary standards. While it is certain that a chemical attack against Syrian civilians occurred on August 21, the authors of the attack have not been definitively (and independently) identified. That is a minor irrelevance, however, to the U.S. and its traditional allies (Britain and France), who reserve the right to threaten and posture in ways contrary to international law.
It was barely over a month ago that newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power gave her first public address as Ambassador. She chose to do so at the Invisible Children Fourth Estate Leadership Summit, speaking to young activists.
Power gave an impassioned address to the young crowd, calling on their new breed of activism.
“...we need your positive moral vision more than ever.
[Shawki Yousef: Organic Corners, 2013, mixed media on canvas, 180x147cm]
“The flesh is at the heart of the world.”–Maurice Merleau-Ponty
In 1992, the United States became involved in UNOSOM, a Chapter VII humanitarian mission in Somalia. The original goal of our participation in this mission was to ensure the safe delivery of humanitarian aid to a suffering Somali population. As a part of Operation Restore Hope, we began to focus in on the capture of General Mohamed Farrah Hassan Aidid, a wanted Somali warlord.
“Die Krise ist Permanent geworden” –Jacob Taubes
"America's reputation suffers, and our ability to bring about change is constrained when we are perceived as idle in the face of mass atrocities and genocide." - Presidential Study Directive 10, April 4, 2011
On May 24, 2011, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the United States Congress. In his speech he declared that, “you [the US] don't need to send American troops to Israel. We defend ourselves.” Yet, in his more recent United Nations speech, he seemed to push the US to, yes, ironically protect Israel from a potentially nuclear Iran. Of course, American soldiers would not fight from Israeli soil, but rather from the Persian Gulf. What is the difference?