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Fine intellectual distinctions involving the use of force are likely to fail in Syria

Developing story News reports suggest President Obama is tailoring military action against Syria to achieve the goal of deterring Bashar al-Assad from ever using chemical…


New strategy and accompanying military action needed in Syria; Justification under International Law

President Barack Obama’s strategy for dealing with Syria has demonstrably failed. That strategy consisted mainly in looking the other way, providing fitful and ineffectual covert…



REPRISE: Hommage à Homs (actualisé / updated)

BEIRUT: Intense fighting in the central Syrian city of Homs has left 60 to 70 percent of a besieged rebel-held district damaged, destroyed or uninhabitable,…


Europas “Menschen des Wortes”, ihr Schweigen, und die Verantwortung die Europa auch für Syrien trägt (aktualisiert am 17. Juli 2013)

Update von 17. Juli 2013 Uber das Schweigen der deutschen Schriftstellern im Fall eines Kolleges der von Islamischen Extremisten bedroht ist, siehe: Georg Diez (S.P.O.N….


Obama’s “intellectual” approach and continuing indecision on no-fly zone and arms in Syria

For background, see The Trenchant Observer, “Obama’s “intellectual” decision-making style and the covert supply of arms to the Free Syrian Army,” June 17, 2013. On…


Syria: Russia and Iran complicit under International Law in the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity

Sergei Lavrov argues that Russia has to supply modern weapons systems to Bashar al-Assad’s murderous regime in Syria in accordance with contracts that have already…


The new game in Syria and the only effective option now: the direct use of military force

To believe that simply getting the parties to the conference table would quickly lead to a settlement would be like believing that a giant rabbit…


REPRISE: Syrian military continues campaign to crush opposition in Saraqeb, Homs, al-Qusair and elsewhere—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #16 (March 24, updated March 25, 2012)

REPRISE Originally published March 25, 2012 Latest news reports Oliver Holmes and Steve Gutterman (Beirut/Moscow), “Syrian forces on the offensive; Annan in Moscow,” Reuters, March…


The risks of playing the Russians’ diplomatic game: Putin, al-Assad, and their willing dupe–Barack Obama

Unless the military balance shifts, talk of diplomacy is little more than an excuse to ignore atrocities and red lines. The choice is not between…




Obama’s “red line” baby talk, and the Red Herring of whether it has been crossed

In the 21st century, statesmen don’t shout at the leaders of other nations and threaten, “if you cross this red line, my red line because…


60,000 killed in Syria—REPRISE II: The Olympic Games, and the Battle for Aleppo, Begin—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #91 (January 2, 2013)

Barbarism in a Leaderless World The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights now estimates there have been “59,648 individuals reported killed in Syria between 15…




REPRISE: The U.N. Charter, International Law, and Legal Justifications for Military Intervention in Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #90 (December 12, 2012)

This article was first published on September 1, 2012 The situation in Syria (is) unfolding “in front of our eyes”, with the regime deploying fighter…


The Muslim Brotherhood’s Coup d’Etat in Egypt; William Butler Yeats and “The Second Coming”

With the Muslim Brotherhood’s recent coup d’etat in Egypt, following on other measures it has taken in the last year, a dark pall has fallen over the…


Kofi Annan’s Ghost Arises: More Illusory Solutions from Brahimi and China—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #89 (November 8)

Chinese Proposal for Syria It is curious indeed to see China propose a “solution” to the Syrian civil war at this precise moment in time,…


REPRISE: The Olympic Games, and the Battle for Aleppo, Begin—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #88 (October 11)

Originally published July 28, 2012 The Opening of the XXX Olympic Games It was a poignant moment, as world leaders gathered in London last night…