Zbigniew Brzezinski :
“What hasn’t worked as well was the attack on Iraq, which was based on false assumptions, and which has created a situation that is very unstable and continues to deteriorate. The intervention in Libya by the British and the French, with our back-in, hasn’t worked out well, and the French and the British haven’t been very effective. We are now pointed towards something somewhat similar but more dangerous in Syria. Because Syria is interlocked with Iran, that poses dangers for the global economy, that will affect the interests of Japan and of China. We should be building an international coalition to impose some sort of a solution. We should be seriously negociating with the Chinese and the Russians, involve the Japanese as well because they are influential, so are the Indians incidently oil dependent on energy. That is the kind of response that might have some effect. Instead, we are essentially engaging in mass propaganda, portraying this as a democratic war. Who is fighting for democracy? Qatar and Saudi Arabia are fighting for democracy?! This is a sectarian war, raged with great brutality by both sides. And I repeat, the 93 thousand were killed in a civil war. They weren’t killed just by the Syrian regime. There are two sides to that struggle, and neither one is waging it in a particular attractive fashion. The risk is to escalate and slip out of our control, not like the one that we had in Bosnia. And hence, I think we have to be more strategic, more determined and the leadership has to be more directed, from the top down involving the president and his top top foreign policy advisers, not by some casual communo-case. We’re in a vague fashion because we don’t even know whether these incidents, which killed a 100 people or 150 people, preceded or followed Obama’s so called “red line”. And why did the president issue that particular red line? On what basis? What strategic concept in mind? This is also baffling about this whole thing. It is a tragedy and it’s a mess in the making, one that can enlarge, involve Turkey perhaps also in this conflict, and Turkey is having internal difficulties. ”
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Zbigniew Brzezinski is a Polish American political scientist, geostrategist, and statesman who served as United States National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981.
Major foreign policy events during his term of office included the normalization of relations with the People’s Republic of China (and the severing of ties with the Republic of China); the signing of the second Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT II); the brokering of the Camp David Accords; the transition of Iran from an important U.S. client state to an anti-Western Islamic Republic, encouraging dissidents in Eastern Europe and emphasizing human rights in order to undermine the influence of the Soviet Union; the financing of the mujahideen in Afghanistan in response to the Soviet deployment of forces there and the arming of these rebels to counter the Soviet invasion; and the signing of the Torrijos-Carter Treaties relinquishing overt U.S. control of the Panama Canal after 1999.
Brzezinski is currently Robert E. Osgood Professor of American Foreign Policy at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, a scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a member of various boards and councils.