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The US charade in Egypt, Syria and Palestine

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John Kerry meeting in Saudi Arabia, Sunday, January 5 2014. (Photo: US State Department)

John Kerry meeting in Saudi Arabia, Sunday, January 5 2014. (Photo: US State Department)

This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page.

The Syrian talks went nowhere. As expected. Everyone knew they were show and tell.

In Geneva, there was no breakthrough but there were accusations and yelling galore. Along with the fear of being identified. Because, yes, the Syrians have to go home. They do live in Syria. Not in New York.

America isn’t going to save Syria. Neither is Russia. Russia has the Ukraine and the Winter Olympics to deal with. America has a world to manage.

The United Nations can’t dilly dally with Syria either. Their global injustice plate is full and overflowing. Think of Sudan. Think of the Congo. The UN has their other failures to pursue.

Where will John Kerry fly to next? Perhaps he will take a much deserved vacation. Kerry could go hang gliding in the Rockies or some other beautiful mountain range. If you remember, during his failed Presidential bid, Kerry took a couple of much publicized days off during his campaign to relax and refresh in the mountain air. Didn’t help with the Middle America vote but, hey, when you marry into the Heinz fortune you do what you want when you want to.

You see Kerry lost the election but never gave up his Senate seat. So after failing, Kerry went home to the Senate. Now he’s Secretary of State. No harm, no foul.

For the Syrians who attended the Geneva talks, politicians and journalists alike, they have no choice. It’s a one issue reality for Syrians. They have to do or die. Sometimes both.

The Syrian journey home will remain a one-issue affair. That was the reality on the ground before the Geneva talks. That is the reality now. That will be the reality for years to come.

Syria is in free-fall. Or is the game already decided, the regime in place to stay? If that’s the case, if the major political players, including the United States and Russia, have agreed that Bashar Al-Assad will remain, indeed must remain, why not end the charade and allow what needs to happen, happen? The suffering might be the same. The suffering might be worse. But these are only matters of degree.

Is Egypt is in free-fall, or is the game already decided, the regime in place to stay there too? There was a time when the US seemed to struggle with other options and then – obviously – decided. Once decided, the US hasn’t looked back.

Then there’s Palestine when the latest peace process began. That, too, has been decided. Amazing how many people thought the process could go either way. But either way was only one way – perhaps with some minor modifications.

The charade is empowering – for the powerful. The charade is a disaster – for the suffering.

Cynicism fills the air. It isn’t make believe.

About Marc H. Ellis

Marc H. Ellis is retired Director and Professor of Jewish Studies at Baylor University and author of The Heartbeat of the Prophetic which can be found at Amazon and www.newdiasporabooks.com

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  1. W.Jones
    January 28, 2014, 11:52 am

    Marc,

    What I hear you saying by “Syria is in free-fall. Or is the game already decided, the regime in place to stay?”
    Is that Syria is in chaos, but you question whether the game is really over and the regime is there to stay.

    Would you say that the insurgency has been a mix of people opposing the regime for democratic reasons and those opposing it for fundamentalist ones, and that a victory of the insurgency in its current form would lead to the situation in Iraq and Libya? How would you evaluate this?

  2. Keith
    January 28, 2014, 7:19 pm

    MARC ELLIS- “Where will John Kerry fly to next? Perhaps he will take a much deserved vacation.”

    Regrettably, no. Instead, he will be working hard to implement the odious Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) “trade” agreement to lock-in corporate/financial control.

    “In preparation for the upcoming North American Leaders Summit which will be held in Toluca, Mexico on February 19, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently held a meeting with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts….During a press conference, a reporter asked about reopening NAFTA in order to update it. Secretary Kerry answered, “the TPP, is a very critical component of sort of moving to the next tier, post-NAFTA. So I don’t think you have to open up NAFTA, per se, in order to achieve what we’re trying to achieve.”
    http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/01/nafta-and-the-next-phase-of-north-american-integration/#more-52758

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