Sunday, February 5, 2012
Middle East Tensions Riding High
With Iran threatening to block the Straits of Hormuz and doing a second military exercise in as many weeks, fear of possible attacks on Israel and Jews throughout the world by Iran’s Hezbollah terrorist arm, tension remains high in the region.
Russia and China’s blocking of a UN resolution censoring Syria’s president Assad for his “disdain for human life and dignity" urged by President Obama effectively sidetracked a move by Obama to take a global leadership role in the Middle East tensions.
In a report by the Associated Press, Obama said, “The Syrian regime's policy of maintaining power by terrorizing its people only indicates its inherent weakness and inevitable collapse." He went on to say, "Assad has no right to lead Syria, and has lost all legitimacy with his people and the international community."
To the Syrian people, Obama pledged U.S. support and vowed to work with them to build a better future in their country.
Is there another motive in President Obama’s mind beyond reduction of tensions? This is an election year and he may be just seeking to appear “presidential and leaderly,” to win re-election. His global reputation, and the reputation of the United States, is not high. It may need enhancing.
Only time will reveal the real truth beyond the asserted truth.
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