Friday, April 13, 2018

Christiane Hoffmann — Why Intervening in Syria Is the Wrong Move

It could be that this tweet will go down in history like the German Empire's declaration of war on Aug. 1, 1914, or like U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's 2003 presentation at the United Nations ahead of the Iraq invasion. As a document that historians will analyze when retracing the road to ruin.
But perhaps nothing will come of it. Perhaps Russian President Vladimir Putin will ignore the provocation. And that hope serves to illustrate the lunacy we are facing these days: The prospects for world peace lie in the hands of the Kremlin autocrat. Because nobody trusts the man in the White House to display judgment or discretion.
All too often, Donald Trump has rejected reason. All too often, the U.S. president has taken the path diametrically opposed to prudence. And he did so again this week, responding to Russian threats with a drastic threat of his own. "Get ready Russia," he tweeted on Wednesday in a 223-character threat of war. And a chilling one at that, because it sounded almost as though he were talking about a new video game: "Nice and new and 'smart!'" he wrote. Let's play!
Germany wavering? This undoubtedly has the Russians smiling and should leave the Americans, British, and French thinking.

Spiegel Online
Why Intervening in Syria Is the Wrong Move
A Der Spiegel Editorial by Christiane Hoffmann, Deputy Head of the Head Office of SPIEGEL

also

Donald Trump Risks a World War in Syria



7 comments:

Matt Franko said...

Merkel has to go along with her Soviet pal Putin...

Jeff65 said...

Finished masturbating to the strike coverage already, Matt?

Matt Franko said...

“Perhaps Russian President Vladimir Putin will ignore the provocation.”

Duh.... Putin is not so stupid that he would jeopardize the physical security of mother Russia for a shithole like Syria....

Matt Franko said...

You are biased anti-war Jeff.... warfare has been part of humanity since recorded history ... we shouldn’t be shocked when it occurs...

Jeff65 said...

I'm not anti-war. per se. If fascistic authoritarian morons on all sides want to kill each other, it's fine by me. Hopefully continuing until all are dead. Just do it somewhere where it doesn't affect anyone else in any way.

Kaivey said...

Armchair warrior, safe, far away from it all.

Kaivey said...

Just because there had always been war it doesn't mean we have to put to we with them. They destroy a lot of lives and bankrupt people, but the elite often gains from them.

In Britain during WW2 there was the 'war effort' and people worked extra hours for nothing to produce the weapons but the factory owners charged full whack for the weapons. No discount. After the War Britain was broke but were the elite richer than ever?