October 10, 2012 |
The conflict in Syria was "extremely bad and getting worse. " That's what Lakhdar Brahimi, special envoy to Syria for the United Nations and the Arab League and one of the world's most skillful diplomats, told the Security Council in late September. The major powers listened but offered no new ideas on how to end the crisis. We need to change direction. Up to now, two strategies have been pursued. Kofi Annan, the former U.N. secretary-general and Brahimi's predecessor as special envoy, tried to negotiate a cease-fire and forge a consensus among the great and middle powers.
August 8, 2012 |
As diplomatic options for ending the conflict in Syria have failed, calls to arm and provide air support for Syrian rebels are becoming more widespread - with several senators, a former Bush administration senior official and a former Obama State Department official leading the charge. Although we share their commitment to a humanitarian end to the brutality of the Assad regime, arguments to support the rebels militarily are based on three common assumptions that do not withstand scrutiny: Military support will make the war shorter and enable the rebels to win . Analysis by close observers, such as the widely respected and nonpartisan International Crisis Group, suggests that a protracted civil war based on sectarian divides would probably continue even after President Bashar Assad falls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1985
The editorial (Aug. 22), "Trouble for U.S. in the Philippines," said that Ferdinand Marcos, the dictator, is unmoved and increasingly confident that he can perpetuate his 20-year hold on power. With the backing of the United States, there is no reason for Marcos not to be confident. Earlier, when Marcos declared martial law, Sen. Raul Manglapus said Marcos wouldn't last long without U.S. support. Ever since, the Filipinos have pleaded with the American Administration to stop its military aid only to be answered with much more military support.
April 26, 1987
Syrian President Hafez Assad, ending a three-day visit to the Soviet Union, received strong assurances of increased military support from Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev. Syria already owes an estimated $8 billion to the Soviet Union for military hardware. In a joint statement, the two leaders also said they approved of efforts by factions of the Palestine Liberation Organization to close ranks after a four-year rift.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1985
As a public service for those confused by Arlen Grossman's "Glossary for Latin America" (Letters, March 16), here is a supplement to his listing to help clear up misunderstandings arising from Soviet publications and speeches: "Revolutionaries"-- Peace-loving, heroic freedom fighters (and also some imported trained paramilitary personnel) who are trying to substitute truly democratic, socialist (read communist) government for existing imperialist regimes. "Counter Revolutionaries" --Imperialist trained, paid mercenaries supported by the U.S. CIA attempting to thwart the truly democratic rights of the common people who had previously "elected" their government by nearly unanimous vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1999
Your June 10 headline quotes a Yugoslav general saying, "The war has ended." What war? I know war. In a war, you shoot, shell, bomb and kill people and they shoot, shell, bomb and kill back. In this shameful Kosovo exercise we have killed and brutalized a small country on the other side of the world that was unable to retaliate, until its leaders said "uncle." This is war? Please don't mention those evil Serbs. They have been, are now and will be "their" problem--and "their" is defined as the ever-boiling Balkans and, at most, the neighbors on the Eurasian continent.