Brett H. McGurk is an American lawyer and diplomat who was appointed by President Barack Obama on 23 October 2015 as Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.
Here’s an excerpt of McGurk’s statement at a recent press conference,
Unanimously, nobody wants the Syrian regime to come back. Regime symbols, regime military forces. In terms of administrative services, teachers, hospitals, who pays those salaries, that is something where the Syrians are going to have to work that out. We are not in the business of, as I said, nation building operations. ~ RT, May 21: 10:14
I noticed the following in this morning’s Foreign Policy newsletter:
“Jordan’s stability is a high priority for the United States. It is a main partner in fighting the Islamic State, in confronting Iranian expansionism, and in supporting a peaceful resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Jordan’s quiet cooperation with its treaty partner, Israel, is a plus for U.S. regional interests. Domestic instability in Jordan — especially turmoil that threatens the leadership status quo — would endanger these important U.S. interests. Mounting pressures on Jordan’s meager resources from refugees — as well as corresponding austerity measures — could feed destabilizing anti-regime sentiment. Although Islamic State-inspired terrorist attacks in the kingdom would likely produce a rally-around-the-flag effect, security incidents could further damage an already strained economy. Any further flow of refugees could tip the scales, triggering a crisis — potentially from malcontents among the refugee population and/or from disaffected Jordanians.” (emphasis is mine)
So they actually consider ISIS attacks as a way to shore up the rule of the puppet Jordanian KIng. Hmmmmm. What to do – what to do?
You could turn the minuses into plusses and replace the name Jordan with Syria to see the planning of the status quo. I have written it below.
Guest Post by Jane Stillwater, Peace and justice activist, world traveler, grandmother and occasional actress who blogs at jpstillwater.blogspot.com. Jane is a great traveling companion, practical, determined and possessed of a dark sense of humor. We traveled together to Syria in 2014. Earlier this month Jane attended the “Global Campaign to Return to Palestine” Conference in Beirut.
“Why on earth are you going to Beirut?” asked my neighbor.
“I’ve been invited to attend The Global Campaign to Return to Palestine’s annual conference being held there,” I replied. This is going to be a really big deal — but only if I find a replacement babysitter for my ten-month-old granddaughter Sofia while I’m gone. Done!
On the plane flight over, I watched “Straight Outta Compton” — and all that police brutality onscreen got me right into the mood to talk about all that police brutality in real life that Israeli neo-colonialists inflict on poor Palestinians daily as they too are thrown to the ground, humiliated and jailed for no reason, just like Dr. Dre and Easy E. But I digress.
Paris caused a devastated western society to gasp in horror. Nearly 150 dead, the second massacre in Paris this year. Mainstream newspapers and social media published photos of victims on the internet. It is true, as the Quran implies, that every life in it’s unique perfection is the equal of all lives. But there is something to be said for noting, at the very least, every life stolen by unjust wars and terrorism. In that light, let us consider the following
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