by: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on August 30th, 2016 | 3 Comments »
You can read this online at www.tikkun.org/nextgen/the-mess-in-syriarobert-f-kennedy-jr
Editor’s Note: We found this analysis of why Western powers got involved in the Syrian war in EcoWatch. We then asked Tikkun contributing editor Stephen Zunes for his response. Both are printed below. One thing stands out for us: though Obama assured me when he met with me in 2006 that he would support Tikkun’s proposed Global Marshall Plan (www.tikkun.org/gmp), once elected he allowed the militarists to frame the alternatives in foreign policy in ways that ignored the impact a Strategy of Generosity could have had in preventing the emergence of ISIS (ISIL or The Islamic State) and hence the muddying of the lines between a popular democratic opposition to the Assad regime and a Sunni struggle to achieve dominance through meeting the brutality of Syrian Prime President Assad’s regime with even greater brutality. The nonviolent generosity approach to the region, had it been a central part of Obama’s agenda in his first two years in office when he had a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress, could have precluded the rise of ISIS and other Sunni extremist groups and made it easier for the democractic opposition in Syria to rally the majority of their own country against the human rights violating regime of Assad in Syria. –Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor RabbiLerner.firstname.lastname@example.org
[Please come to the Tikkun 30th anniversary celebration the weekend after the election, Nov. 12th and 13th in Berkeley, Ca. Set the dates into your calendar now! U.S. foreign policy will be one of many issues discussed and strategies developed on how to change it. More info to follow soon at www.tikkun.org ]
The fossil fuel industry’s business model is to externalize its costs by clawing in obscene subsidies and tax deductions — causing grave environmental costs, including toxic pollution and global warming [ http://ecowatch.com/climate-change-news/ ]. Among the other unassessed prices of the world’s addiction to oil are social chaos, war, terror, the refugee crisis overseas, and the loss of democracy and civil rights abroad and at home.
As we focus on the rise of ISIS and search for the source of the savagery that took so many innocent lives in Paris and San Bernardino, we might want to look beyond the convenient explanations of religion and ideology and focus on the more complex rationales of history and oil, which mostly point the finger of blame for terrorism back at the champions of militarism, imperialism and petroleum here on our own shores.