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Arab League Proposes U.N. Force In Syria

February 12, 2012

Lets move on this idea at once!

The Arab League will propose a “peacekeeping joint force” with the United Nations to oversee the aftermath of a proposed cease-fire in Syria, the Cairo-based alliance announced Sunday. 

The proposal was one of many points offered in a statement from the league, which met Sunday to discuss Syria. Other proposed measures included to “stop trading with the Syrian regime, except those directly affecting Syrian citizens.” 

The Syrian government sternly indicated it was not on board with the plan offered by the Arab League, which suspended Syria late last month. Denying rampant accusations that its forces have killed thousands of civilians in a crackdown on popular unrest, the Damascus-based government has consistently blamed “armed terrorist groups.” 

The international political maneuvering comes as reports continue to stream in about the violence in Syria. 

U.N. officials estimate 6,000 people have died since protests se eking President Bashar al-Assad’s ouster began nearly a year ago.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Craig skip Weis permalink
    February 16, 2012 9:37 AM

    Sen. Marco Rubio says China and Russia are refusing to condemn Syria for its treatment of its citizens because “they reserve the right to do the same thing to their own people” if they protest or demand democratic reforms. Very few nations that tolerate bloodless regame change.
    Thank God we live in one of the few.

    skip.

  2. February 14, 2012 3:11 PM

    Craig,

    Thanks for the McCain comment that you write about.

    I favor a more robust and forward-leaning response of the kind that McCain is suggesting. One of the lessons we often forget in the Middle East is that everyone there has a memory that would shame an elephant. In other words showing support matters when the chips are down. In Syria, that means now. I also have always supported those who yearn for more rights and reforms. I also can not tolerate those leaders who turn on their own citizens with arms and create bloodshed.

    There are a number of reasons that the rebels ae fighting. From governmental reform, better economic conditions, and a number of more ‘localized’ issues that relate to the various groups that are part of the larger ‘rebel’ label.

    One of the problems the rebels face is the fractured nature of their backgrounds and reasons for fighting for change. I make no pretense that arming the rebels will be easy or that they have the basic skills to use what is provdided wisely. That however can be overcome with the type of measures that McCain suggested.

  3. Craig skip Weis permalink
    February 14, 2012 12:25 PM

    Here it appears both parties are in agreement from what I read here.
    By Susan Cornwell

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House announced plans on Monday to help “Arab Spring” countries swept by revolutions with more than $800 million in economic aid, while maintaining U.S. military aid to Egypt.

    In his annual budget message to Congress, President Barack Obama asked that military aid to Egypt be kept at the level of recent years — $1.3 billion — despite a crisis triggered by an Egyptian probe targeting American democracy activists.

    Most of the economic aid for the Arab Spring countries — $770 million — would go to establish a new “Middle East and North Africa Incentive Fund,” the president said in his budget plan.

    The Middle East and North Africa Incentive fund “will provide incentives for long-term economic, political, and trade reforms to countries in transition — and to countries prepared to make reforms proactively,” the White House budget document said.

  4. Craig skip Weis permalink
    February 14, 2012 12:10 PM

    Should the U.S. do what John McCain suggested last Sunday on Fox News and send almost unlimited aid, that be weapons, into the hands of the Syria rebels needed to fight President Bashar al-Assad?

    I don’t think so but I don’t make up the ‘ship to’ and ‘packing slip’ for this slippery slope. This would be a no win situation no matter if the rebels with U.S. help win or the current government structure wins. Who is going to fill the void after peace is restored and what will the make be with China and Russia skulking around? “It ain’t gonna be good, me thinks.”

    In another question: Before all this shooting began just what has the government of President Bashar al-Assad done that set off this unrest? What should have been done differently? Being a product of public education, I’m very clueless.

    Craig skip Weis

  5. February 13, 2012 7:32 PM

    The Arab League brings an ability (to varying degrees) of assisitng with uniting the minority sects in Syria that need to be more joined and focused. The AL could assist in channeling untold amounts of money into Syria to the rebels. The Arab League could also help Turkey to create a safe-zone for those in Syria who need protection in much the same way the Kurds were protected in norhtern Iraq.

    So yes, the AL has the potential to do good things.

  6. Craig skip Weis permalink
    February 13, 2012 6:57 PM

    Does the Arab League have any influence over what President Bashar al-Assad is doing to his own people, the people who oppose his rule? Especially after Syria was kicked out of the Arab League? I don’t think so. Unless the Arab League is better armed and trained by the auspices of the United Nations, which in reality is the United States, how can they prevail against Bashar al-Assad, unless this army turns against him and his wife. Maybe they will be hung like Mussolini and his Mistress?

    “U.N. officials estimate 6,000 people have died since protests seeking President Bashar al-Assad’s ouster began nearly a year ago.” I’m thinking this is going to get a lot bloodier before it’s done.

    skip.

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