Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Melee to Nowhere

DDGD December 1, 2015

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The Delirial Inquirer

Delirial Minds Want to Know
(within the severe limitations and maddening guidelines imposed by their particular delirium)

With Purdogan, you know, our political equivalent of Brangelina but the self-loathing kind, going the way of the Dodo bird (as an entity, not its constituent parts, which would have been something to write jubilantly about), Vladdie the Pu who, in his own words, was effectively “stabbed in the back,” marking a highly unusual happening for the self-made autocrat known for dishing rather than taking the proverbial “it,” well, Mr. Pu has reportedly been seen trying to putting the moves on none other than U.S. President Barack Obama by holding yet another huddle with him this month alone, and this time, the huddle was held in camera. What’s up with that?

Well, according to official reports, it was all business, all about Ukraine and Syria, with Obama warning Putin against intervention in the Syrian Civil War, and noting the necessity of Syria’s genocidal leader, Bashar Al-Assad’s departure as part of any future transitional process.

"I think Mr. Putin understands that ... with Afghanistan fresh in the memory, for him to simply get bogged down in an inconclusive and paralyzing civil conflict is not the outcome that he's looking for," Obama said at a news conference in Paris.

Obama said he does not disagree with Putin -- with whom he met on Monday -- on the necessity of a political resolution to Syria's conflict. But he said there remains discord over the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who the United States insists must leave power as part of a political transition. But he said the reality on the ground in Syria could change Putin's calculus.

So, and irrespective of Vladdie’s wishes going in, Mr. Obama, the Iceman, seems to have thrown some water on his fire, which might account for why Vladdie couldn’t look him in the eyes afterwards, even as they shook hands. Poor Pu, he was just shut down again.

So, no Pubama seems to lurk in the offing, albeit, Mr. Obama seems to have left the doors slightly ajar for this.

"I think it is possible over the next several months that we both see a shift in calculation in the Russians and a recognition that it's time to bring the civil war in Syria to a close," Obama said. "It's not going to be easy."

But for now, it seems that Mr. Obama is more interested in wooing the Chinese President Xi Jinping in order to reach some form of an agreement on issues of Climate Chang and Cybersecurity. At a time when Pres. Obama seems to be quite focused on his legacy, a better understanding with his Chinese counterpart on these issues might line up nicely with the Iranian deal making, at least from his point of view and that of his realist buddies, a rather wholesome foreign policy legacy. And the world might be able to speak one day of the Xiobakha who changed the world. Yet, as most politically conscious cinephiles would note, with a legacy like that, the Force is more likely to keep on slumbering, awaiting the arrival of the real Chewbacca, as the Universe sinks into darkness.  

The Daily Delirynth

Report from the ground

Daesh is reportedly busy these days holding unity talks with other rebel groups for the purpose of creating a united front against the growing threat from the Assad League. With the fight against Daesh becoming top priority for all forces intervening in the Syrian conflict, many rebel groups feel that they are being betrayed, especially seeing how Russian support has allowed Assad to make certain gains on the ground. The U.S. and other western countries have never proven as reliable allies, and the growing anti-refugee and anti-Muslim rhetoric in their midst, a development seen as targeting Sunnis in particular, is expanding the trust gap between the two sides: rebels, and western nations. Unless agreement on Assad removal is reached, the growing anti-Daesh alliance is bound to backfire, making the situation even worse.

Luckily though, the process is ongoing and could be easily derailed just as happened to previous attempts: rebels find Daesh to be as equally repugnant as the Assad regime, and had it not been for logistical necessity and perception of betrayal, the talks would not be taking place. But even now, mainstream rebel groups are still committed to fighting both Daesh and Assad.

UmReeka: US deploying elite force to boost fight against ISIL in Iraq and Syria. As is the case with Obama Administration, surrender to the inevitable comes slowly, in fits and struts, and after it’s too late to make much of a difference. Anyway, the figures are not likely to reach the 20,000 figure advocated for by senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham.  

But at least, the U.S. will not be acting alone this time, France is already there, UK is debating the prospects, and Germany has already decided to join. And Putin will be quite willing to lend its dubious support to all provided they focus on Daesh, while he keeps his focus on shoring up Assad, his bottom bitch in the overall pimping scheme of things. In the meantime, Syria’s civilian population remains as fodder: Russian Airstrikes in Syria Seem to Be Hurting Civilians More Than ISIS.

Meanwhile, Obama anti-ISIS coalition crumbles as Arab allies focus elsewhere. Different priorities and lack of leadership on part of Obama and trust in him on part of his Arab allies seem to be at work.

North of Holy: EU envoy slams Syria over chemical weapons declaration; Syria denies allegations. The slamming comes in relations to "gaps and contradictions" in Syria’s “declarations about its chemical weapons arsenal to the global watchdog overseeing the destruction of the toxic armaments.

But Putinistas and Khamenistas and other Fascistas around the world can rejoice, for Assad is not the only one using chemical weapons now, Daesh has been doing it for a while as well, and they both like targeting those damn civilians.

Icing on the cake, for those who enjoy shit-cake: Adviser to the Leader and Head of Strategic Research Center of Expediency Council Ali Akbar Velayati recently “described the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as a 'hero' who has made every endeavour to support his nation in recent years.” With heroes like these no wonder some nations disappear, and I am not only talking about Syria.

Refugenics: German Officials Warn of New Security Risk: Local Extremists Recruiting Refugees “Migrants are increasingly ending up at mosques attended by Islamist radicals, authorities say.” Ah yes, and no one could see that coming. German authorities need to create alternatives, and that does not mean mosques run by moderates, but cultural centers run by artists and intellectuals of Muslim background, and increase funding for NGOs working on the psychological health of migrants and refugees, among other programs. Preemptive moves are needed in this regard otherwise Europe will definitely develop a serious extremism problem. Refugees don’t arrive radicalized, but many are predisposed to becoming radicalized on account of their particular experiences and the existence of radical elements already embedded in the host countries willing to fish for them. I have many ideas that can help create such preemptive programs, but…

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How Republicans Talk About Islam: Then vs. Now: Post-9/11, President Bush made it clear: Islam is a peaceful religion. So why won't anyone running for the Republican nomination say that now?

Meanwhile, in Sweden, Deputy Prime Minister broke down in tears when she announced that the country would have to introduce tighter border controls to reduce its refugee intake. Swedish officials expect some 200,000 new arrivals by the end of the year - the highest number relative to population size in Europe.

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