Comments on: To build a coalition against Islamic State, U.S. must try a little humility http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/2014/09/25/to-build-a-coalition-against-islamic-state-u-s-must-try-a-little-humility/ Navigating the global archipelago Fri, 26 Sep 2014 22:50:11 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Leftcoastrocky http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/2014/09/25/to-build-a-coalition-against-islamic-state-u-s-must-try-a-little-humility/#comment-287 Fri, 26 Sep 2014 22:50:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/?p=188#comment-287 Bush and Cheney probably forced Powell to tell his lies. (Powell should have resigned.)

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By: Leftcoastrocky http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/2014/09/25/to-build-a-coalition-against-islamic-state-u-s-must-try-a-little-humility/#comment-286 Fri, 26 Sep 2014 22:48:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/?p=188#comment-286 Yes, but how about American exceptionalism.

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By: Cassiopian http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/2014/09/25/to-build-a-coalition-against-islamic-state-u-s-must-try-a-little-humility/#comment-285 Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:41:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/?p=188#comment-285 I fail to see any practical policy proposals whatsoever for achieving any of these grandiose and far reaching objectives, especially regarding the Ukraine and the Middle East. How on earth can the U.S. create “accountable governments” in the failed states of the Middle East, a region awash in autocracy, corruption, sectarian intolerance, and the subordination of women? And why would that be an American responsibility or undertaking

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By: StevenPiper http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/2014/09/25/to-build-a-coalition-against-islamic-state-u-s-must-try-a-little-humility/#comment-283 Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:21:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/?p=188#comment-283 “PLuralism” in war as in life in general doesn’t work. Period. As Otto von Bismarck said so famously, “In every alliance there is a horse and there is a rider.” The problem with Mr. Obama’s leadership has been that he HASN’T been LEADING. I recall that curious formula of his which amounts to leading from BEHIND. The U.S. needs to lead and if others follow, all to the good: if they don’t, tough. ISIS needs to be stopped and YES we remain the world’s policemen. If not us, who?

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By: wpgger http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/2014/09/25/to-build-a-coalition-against-islamic-state-u-s-must-try-a-little-humility/#comment-280 Fri, 26 Sep 2014 03:14:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/?p=188#comment-280 We think we can solve problems because we have a superb wrecking crew.

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By: Nikos_Retsos http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/2014/09/25/to-build-a-coalition-against-islamic-state-u-s-must-try-a-little-humility/#comment-259 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:15:42 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/?p=188#comment-259 Thank you Mr. Mousavizadeh. You excellently describe the real pitfalls of the U.S. bombing of the ISIS. Obama and most of the U.S. media give Obama a celebratory “thumbs up” applause, but there is more than meets the eye! The Chicago Tribune here in Chicago reveals a report by the Syrian Women activist group that exposes many deaths of women and children, not seen anywhere else in online news on the ISIS bombing. Then, there is the façade of the war, the Great Obama Coalition of Arab allies that actually doesn’t exist. Simply stated, the Arabs Gulf allies allowed the U.S. to claim that they are participants on the ISIS bombing, whereas they certainly aren’t because they have created and funded the ISIS. If anything, the U.S., Turkey, and Qatar and Sudan are at war among themselves in the Libyan internal conflict.

I believe that in Obama’s hurry to impress the world with his military might, and scare the Taliban in Afghanistan – as well as the Libyan National Salvation Front that has nearly annihilated the U.S. mercenary Khalifa Hiftar’s group in Libya, Obama started with a “shock and awe” bombing in Syria that is causing unnecessary civilian casualties. In every war, avoiding civilian casualties is a priority in both international law and all Human Rights Conventions. But the way Obama is contacting his Syria bombing is “a scorched earth” bombing policy with very little regard for the local population in the area.

Ernest Hemingway had this view of war: “In a war, you will die like a dog for no good reason!” I am sure most of the world will be happy to see the ISIS jihadists die like dogs, but killing plenty of civilians in the process to brag about your sweeping success against the ISIS is in itself a crime! Nikos Retsos, retired professor

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