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Operation Accidental Diplomacy

What if you threw a civil war and nobody paid attention until about two and a half years in?  It's been an action-packed, changeable week on the Syrian diplomatic front.
First Obama was going to explain to the American public why we needed to bomb right now, right quick, then John Kerry somewhat-sarcastically mentioned that all Assad needed to do to avoid a US strike was to hand over all his chemical weapons.  Russia and Syria jumped at the chance to delay an attack, and it turns out the US and Russia had discussed this idea before.  Strangely enough, nothing happened until John Kerry's offhand comment to a reporter . . . which opened up the cartoon pandora's box of what else would be possible if more gaffe-centric politicians started mentioning peaceful ideas.
And, in case diplomacy doesn't work, Obama will go to Congress again and ask the American people for the bombing go-ahead.  Simple, right?  I'm just happy there is a glimmer of diplomatic hope, too bad nothing like this came along before over 100,000 Syrians were killed.
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Comments (2)

  • Lola


    14 September 2013 at 19:31 |
    I laughed out loud! This week's cartoon is very funny.


  • Bob


    16 September 2013 at 13:35 |
    I agree with Thomas Friedman's (NY Times) comments which suggest that this civil was has been going on since the 7th century (not merely 2+ years). While this doesn't remove our moral responsibility for helping the Syrian people, it should inject some realism into the discussion. No American president is going to solve this. The will for peace & democracy has to come from the people involved.

    Both Northern Ireland and South Africa are far better off than they were 25 years ago, not only because of the efforts of a few leaders, but because the people in general decided they wanted peace.


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