July 1, 2011
Washington's Dialogue of Death
Judging by her dress, speech and general demeanor, Hillary Clinton seems to believe she’s an angel of democracy. Floating down to Syria’s melee from her European lectern, the U.S. Secretary of State told the “Community of Democracies” forum in Lithuania, "I'm just hurt by recent reports of continuing violence on the border and in Aleppo, where demonstrators have been beaten, attacked with knives by government-organized groups and security forces.”
"It doesn't appear that there's a coherent and consistent message coming from Syria," Clinton warned. "We know what they have to do. They must begin a genuine transition to democracy and allowing one meeting of the opposition in Damascus is not sufficient action toward achieving that goal."
Under growing criticism to move faster in halting the brutal crackdown of Bashar al-Assad, the White House reinforced this point during Thursday’s press briefing. Much of the Arab media had already broadcast side-by-side images of violent security forces and political meetings in Damascus. After parts of the U.S. media attempted to characterize Syria’s pro-democracy movement as fractured because dissidents met with the regime, Clinton was forced to confront the incompatible duality between negotiations in the capital and brutality in the streets. Then she attempted to divide the opposition again, pushing for reform when the possibility expired hundreds of deaths ago.
Clinton called for, "a serious political process that will include peaceful protests to take place throughout Syria and engage in a productive dialogue with members of the opposition and civil society, or they are going to see increasingly organized resistance."
"It is absolutely clear that the Syrian government is running out of time. There isn't any question about that," she added... "We regret the loss of life and we regret the violence but this choice is up to the Syrian government. And right now we're looking for actions not words, and we haven't seen enough of that.”
Exactly how many protesters across the Middle East feel about America.
In order to slow the pace of Muslim uprisings down to a manipulative level, Western governments and a select core of states in the Eastern Hemisphere have notoriously substituted political crises for revolution. Yet because of the arms race between regimes and revolutions, the offering of a dialogue - designed to exploit international allies and sap local energy - has become a kiss of death left untouched by protesters. Every revolution has passed the point of no return. The majority of Syrian protesters, like their comrades in Yemen and Bahrain, have rejected all dialogue until their unconditional demands are met.
According to the newly-formed Local Coordination Committees, Syria’s popular opposition refuses to negotiate before al-Assad withdraw his army from all towns and cities. This appears to be a technicality though. Said one LCC member, "We Syrians took an oath at the beginning of the uprising that we will peacefully protest till we topple the regime."
al-Assad is already out of time, just like all those teetering and fallen dictators uprooted by the Arab Spring.