World press on US operation in Syria and new Iranian president (September 7-8, 2013)

Hurriyet Daily News published an article by Cihan Celik headlined "Waiting for Obama - particularly painful for Turkey."

 

"Well played. This would be the only thing that can be said for the diplomatic game conducted both in domestic and international politics by the U.S. president for his upcoming meaningless war on Syria. Putting the strong anti-U.S. sentiment aside, despite the Herculean difficulties of doing so, Barack Obama, an American president who took power with a peace-themed campaign but who is now preparing for his second calamitous war after Libya, pursued a well-played turn regarding his decision to attack Syria," the article reads.

"Haunted by his predecessor George W. Bush’s ridiculously poor decisions for not even for one but two wars and the following failures based on farcical intelligence, Obama has been trying to drag the whole American public via its representatives into giving the go-ahead for an operation in Syria. With his move to pass the responsibility for the bloodshed into the hands of Congress, the U.S. president is looking to net some legitimacy for a war that even he does not believe in."

"Waiting for a blessing from Congress, despite having the authority to hit the button for a war, is something that Obama is also counting on, like his now-alienated British ally, David Cameron, after his failure to get the approval of the House of Commons for the Syrian war. Amid the high-running skepticism about embarking upon a new war with Syria in both political and military circles (even the conservative Tea Party and liberal progressive minorities have been united in opposition), Obama is hoping for a “No,” so he will be able to tell his war-mongering allies that he is bound to his people’s will. Going to war despite popular opposition would be the very same sin committed by the “dictator” in Damascus," the author writes.

 

"Speaking of a decrease in support for a pointless battle in Syria, the desperate wait is particularly painful for Turkey and its senior officials, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, since they all see losing more time against the Syrian “dictator” as a setback, or even an insult, in their aggressive domestic and neo-Ottomanist regional policies. Even while the main Western supporters of war have been keeping a low-profile over diving into a conflict amid the reluctance of the United Nations, Turkish officials have been bold enough to publicly lobby for a battle, as if they are blinded to a potential backlash from Syria."

 

"No matter what the cost is, the wait for Obama will eventually end with a futile war under the old motto of a “dictator” killing his own people. Perhaps, there will be no U.S. boots on the ground, but has modern history ever witnessed any leader who did not have the blood of his own people on his hands?" Celik writes. "That’s the very basic point for those who still believe the war is all about the innocents in Syria and their "dictator."

 

The Jerusalem Post published an article devoted to new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

 

"Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is about to launch a charm offensive aimed at calming Western fears over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program, and hopes to "laugh all the way to the bomb," Yuval Steinitz, Miniser of International Relations, Intelligence and Strategic Affairs, said Sunday," the article begins.

"Speaking at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism's 13th annual international conference, Steinitz said, "If I read Rouhani correctly, I predict that in the near future, maybe at the start of the UN General Assembly session next week, we'll see an offensive of friendliness and moderation towards the West, to influence Western media, public opinion and leadership in Europe and the US, and to calm fears over a nuclear Iran."

 

"Describing Rouhani as "more sophisticated and smarter than his predecessor, [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad," Steinitz warned that the Iranian president plans to deceive the international community in order to buy his country more time to develop its military nuclear program," the article reads.

"The centrifuges continue to spin. The heavy water facility [at Arak] continues to work. Make no mistake; Iran must be judged on its actions, not on its words," Steinitz is quoted as saying by the Jerusalem Post.

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