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Mr. President, Please Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There!

Drawing red lines is never a politically wise move.

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Yankee – stay home. Mr. President, you’ve started so many fires in this region, what with your fantastic Al Azhar, Cairo appearance of 2009 and the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak, who, like Saddam, was “an S.O.B. but our S.O.B.” to quote JFK – but you wanted better for Egypt and the region, and now, thanks in large part to you and you predecessor, we’re having such a bonfire of the vanities it’ll take us a century to recover. Please, if you know what’s good for America and for the Middle East – leave Syria alone.

They’ll figure it out eventually. The Kurds have already splintered, as they’ve done in Iraq. The rest of the country will probably retreat eventually into separate corners to lick their wounds. If you intensify the conflict now, Mr. President, you’ll be transforming a bloody civil war into an outright genocide.

Yori Yanover

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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  1. Schwartzi says:

    While I agree in principle – I think that once you make a threat you have to back it up or things rapidly spiral out of control. I for instance am of the belief that Netanyahu should have already bombed Iran.

  2. Geoffrey Woo says:

    Have you considered that the object here is chemical weapons? It's the same as for nuclear weapons. The point here is, it's ok to wipe each other out using any means you desire, as long as you don't employ any of the aforementioned weapons. Reason being such weapons have the ability to wipe out cities and countries instantly. Therefore, whoever uses such arsenal will need to be made an example of, in order to discourage the manufacture and usage. If not, there is high likelihood that your neighbourhood will be wiped out instantly one day, should your enemies wish to deploy such weapons against you. So thank your president and quit whingeing.

  3. Cody Flecker says:

    As Americans, we need to understand that the War in Syria is THEIR WAR, not ours. We will gain nothing regardless of who or whom wins. Nothing. We could lose thousands of troops, and spend another Trillion Dollars on this futile effort. The same goes for Israel. The Israelis are the people responsible for peace and war with the Palestinians and other nations in the Middle East. It is NONE OF OUR BUSINESS TO INTERVENE in their internal situations with the Palestinians and others. We need to spend out time and money in the USA and not worry about everyone else.

  4. The Guardian says:

    The genius, Nobel Prize winner sitting in the White House (Hey they just don’t give Nobel Prizes to someone who hasn’t done something brilliant, do they) is going to attack Syria, so that must be the smart move. We’re just to dumb to see the brilliant, overarching strategy being employed by Obama in the Middle East. Me? I would have opted to bomb Iran, a rogue state that supports terrorism around the world and is run by messianic Mullahs who are hunched over their work benches putting the final touches on their nuclear bombs that they’ve nicknamed “Big Satan” and “Little Satan.”

  5. The Guardian says:

    You are right. Netanyahu has no credibility either. Unfortunately for both Obama and Netanyahu the window of opportunity has long passed. At this point, anything short of a massive and overwhelming display of force will be viewed as further impotence and weakness. Too little, too late could be worse than doing nothing – if that’s possible.

  6. To late Mr. President, youhave to send home the all US troops, your a bad strategist, you could start a WWIII, so GET OUT FROM MIDLE EAST including Israel.

  7. KeithGilbert says:

    POTUS Obama has time and time again shown himself to be at the very least a ‘secret’ moslem with loyalties to islam before all else.  The least thing he does in this matter will be the best…nothing would be wonderful.  The man is a fraud and proven liar so no matter what he tells US or Israel…we can’t depend upon it to be the truth.  islam has declared it’s universal hate for Israel and the United States and stated that its war is against Jews and Christians…and now our declared enemy is at war with itself!  Why would we, any of us, want to interfere because an outside attack will have the consequences of unifying all islamics against US and Israel.  Please Mr. President, just sit down and shut up and leave this matter for others.

  8. Cody, I agree with you in part. Muslim killing Muslims is a win for the civilized world. As for Israel, they are on the front line battling back the rising tide of Islam which now seeks to envelop the non-Muslim world. Palestinians are just Arabs by another name – NOT a "people" fighting for their just, civil rights. No, they are the tip of the spear in Islam's war against the West. Their goal is NOT two states for two people. Their goal is to wipe Israel off the map. Israel is fighting our war for us. It's high time the West backed her up.

  9. Will we ever learn? It's déjà vu all over again.
    The Brits and the French drew the Red Line in Poland.
    But once Hitler had his way with the Anschluss of Austria and then.
    Czechoslovakia, it was too late. World War II was inevitable.
    We could have supported the Syrian rebellion at the outset.
    Time has passed and now it's too complicated to figure out.
    who is fighting whom, and whom to support.
    Maybe the governing class can figure out something.
    before WWIII is upon us?

  10. Move with caution and stealth, wait till the investigations are in, in the meantime be prepared. Ake Sellstrom (a Swede investingating) is pretty thorough, bearing in mind Russia & China are overseeing crisis in Syria, indeed who both recognize the problem is more likely to be rebels, Iran and Saudi have been mentioned in reports supplying differing rebel aggressors. Saudi & Iran are not bosom pals, Israel must keep a cool head and act with accuracy when the need arises and not before, too much is at stake.

  11. vivgolda says:

    Move with caution and stealth, wait till the investigations are in, in the meantime be prepared. Ake Sellstrom (a Swede investingating) is pretty thorough, bearing in mind Russia & China are overseeing crisis in Syria, indeed who both recognize the problem is more likely to be rebels, Iran and Saudi have been mentioned in reports supplying differing rebel aggressors. Saudi & Iran are not bosom pals, Israel must keep a cool head and act with accuracy when the need arises and not before, too much is at stake.

  12. Please Obama-Kerry do not intervene in Syria. Let them kill one another, Sunni and Shiite, just the way they have been doing since the Middle Ages. The more they kill each other…the less enemies for Israel. Just like in Egypt…leave them alone and they will keep on killing each other. Better for Israel!

  13. Yechiel Baum says:

    Any reason Obama cannot go to his co-religionist animals and work it out?
    He is a coward and knows them for what they are.


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