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Syria — why diplomacy is not the answer

by Noga Gur-Arieh

September 12, 2013 | 1:34 pm

U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on Sept. 12. Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters

People say "don't compare," but comparison of recent events in Syria to Europe in the 1940's cannot be avoided. Millions of Jews were led to their deaths in the most hideous ways, the U.S, as well as the rest of the world, held photographed facts of the holocaust horrors, yet chose to refrain from any action. The question on whether to take a military action in Syria is the talk of the day in the western world. Solid proofs have been presented to world leaders: Assad is killing its people, and moreover, is using chemical weapons to do so. The evidence has been lying on Obama's desk for many days now, and while he ponders, Assad continues.

Obama is stalling because the public opinion in the U.S is that the country should refrain from getting involved in Syria. The people wish for the U.S to stop getting involved in other countries' businesses, for it damages the internal affairs of their own country. However, less than a year ago, Obama pledged, for the second time, to fill his role as the Leader of the Free World.  As such, he, and his people, must take upon themselves a massive role in international-relations. His job is to consider the facts and take action when it is needed, even if the troubles are far away from our close circle of day-to-day life. As part of his job, the Leader of the free world makes sure no one enters artillery into Israel, in spite of accusations of mass murder of Palestinians, and assures we stay safe from propaganda lies. Another part of his job, though, is to take action when it is needed.

True, there were times in the not- so- far history, when U.S troops took action when it wasn't completely necessary, but be sure it is not the case. We've come to the point when no diplomatic solution can truly be achieved. We're at the point when we're already too late, and we cannot take another day to think. Negotiation will make Assad a winner, after killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people. A diplomatic solution means we chose to look the other way as a tyrant butchered innocent people, and this resembles, even if only a little bit, the 1940's.  Now, as history is being written, the only question is will Obama accept his role as Leader of the Free World?

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