Safe Haven in Syria
By Micah Halpern
Friday March 16, 2012
I've Been Thinking:
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has a plan to save innocent victims in Syria.
Sarkozy proposes to designate a section of Syria, including the city Homs, an area where the Syrian army may not go and may not fly over. Sarkozy suggests that the area be large enough to sustain 5.5 million people.
No foreign troops would be needed according to this plan. The entire area would be patrolled and protected from the air. Food and medical aid would be dropped down to those in need.
US President Obama rejected the idea. Without the United States this cannot happen, no local or other air force can handle the plan without the help of the US Air Force.
The idea was rejected because the United States is not convinced that Syria would respect the space- ground and air and is uncertain as to whether the area would turn into a battleground.
More significantly, the United States does not know if the Russians would simply stand by watching what happens or if they would come to the defense of Syria. A Russian aircraft carrier has been deployed in Tartus, Syria for this very possible eventuality.
The French are disappointed but honestly, Washington made the correct decision.
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