Does the Putin-Trump Handshake Mean Peace For Syria?

July 8, 2017
Blaine, WA

by Rich Scheck

Millions of those who supported Donald Trump’s efforts to defeat Hillary
Clinton in last year’s presidential election were pleased to see him and
President Putin firmly shaking hands at the G20 meeting in Hamburg.

Some pondered on how any potential for improved relations with Russia
could have happened after Mrs.Clinton had called Putin “the new Hitler!”

Because of that and many other reasons involving her corrupt ways….
including the theft of the nomination from Bernie Sanders….those who
opted for Trump as the lesser of two evils must have been encouraged
by yesterday’s apparent thaw.

I say “apparent thaw” because despite the positive energy surrounding
their exchanges that includes a ceasefire in Syria that hopefully will
start in a few hours, there is much to be deeply concerned about with
respect to that beleaguered country.

While all the world leaders were having a grand time during their stay
in riot-torn Hamburg, Turkey dispatched another contingent of its armed
forces into the Aleppo region in Northern Syria.

President Erdogan has consistently supported ISIS since the beginning of its
rampage into Iraq and Syria. So this piece of mischief by him bodes poorly for
any immediate progress in stopping the war even as relations warm elsewhere.

Moreover, the role of Israel in wanting to see Assad removed from power and
it’s domination of US foreign policy means that any ceasefire can readily be
undermined by a false flag event like another faked gas attack.

With Congress finally starting to entertain notions of constraining executive war
powers, Trump’s actions might be seen as a nod to a potential new reality in
domestic politics that includes a budding anti-war movement spanning both parties.

That along with Tulsi Gabbard’s efforts to see us “stop funding terrorists” means
the 2018 off-year elections might see some major changes in the composition of
Congress that could embolden peace efforts in Syria and elsewhere.

But the true dynamics of what is unfolding do not call for optimism despite the
baby steps outlined above. With so many nations invested heavily in the future
of Syria, the stakes are too high to see any of them fold at this stage of the game.

The current situation is reminiscent of the 1930’s where a Great Depression led
to trade wars; military posturing; invasions of weak nations by strong powers
jockeying for more influence; and political agreements that were broken soon
after they were signed. Today, Syria is similar to Spain was then where a proxy
war was fought between competing powers and ideologies for the fate of the future.

The thirties were also characterized by a weak League of Nations and endless
maneuvering by the Zionists to create a Jewish State. All those factors are
evident now with our debt-ridden global economy; budding trade wars; the
imposition of sanctions; color revolutions; interventions for regime change;
peace deals that don’t last and a United Nations that shows little ability or
willingness to stop the fighting.

Those desiring an end to these endless wars and a dramatic improvement
in economic conditions can take some heart that, perhaps, yesterday’s
events means we are finally moving in the right direction.

But for all the reasons I gave above to doubt that is true, I conclude that the
answer to my own question is, sadly, No! The war in Syria will go on for many
years with more casualties, more refugees, more waste of precious resources,
many broken agreements and a deepening drift towards the abyss.

I pray my analysis is wrong and that somehow sanity will prevail! That looks
even more dubious than I thought now that Pope Francis has slammed the two
men for having “a distorted vision of the world!”

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