Saturday, June 02, 2012

Syria and ALBA

There are very good reasons to be concerned about military intervention in Syria, for reasons ranging from sovereignty to pure national interest. However, this is an embarrassment. Whatever you think the optimal U.S. or global response should be, please do not copy ALBA and pretend the Syrian government is doing anything in good faith.

"We value the Syrian government's steps in attending to the legitimate demands of those who have protested peacefully ... and the program of reforms carried out, as well as its willingness to implement the peace plan of (mediator) Kofi Annan," the ALBA statement added in praise that contrasted with a chorus of disgust against Assad elsewhere round the world.

Oh please.

5 comments:

Justin Delacour 2:25 PM  

It looks to me like the standard diplomatic language of a group of countries that oppose Western intervention in Syria. Not sure what the big deal is. Seeing as you read Spanish, you might want to consider finding the original statement (without Reuters' elipsis) instead of basing your assessment merely upon what the major English-language newswires decide to present to you.

Justin Delacour 2:32 PM  

Oops, I meant ellipsis, not "elipsis."

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