This blog will address Syria in greater detail later. Suffice to say, this is a complicated issue that Jesus would have trouble solving. And he’s freaking Jesus! I know what also won’t solve it though, the international diplomacy racket.
Let’s say you’re a Syrian army solider, a rebel, and/or a civilian in the back streets of an Aleppo suburb. The army just conducted another mortar strike on the apartment block next to the market. The rebels are trying to get the next shipment of rockets up before the army rolls in the heavy armor. But it really doesn’t matter if they get the gear up in time, because the entire neighborhood is trashed so they’ll fight meter-for-meter anyways. If the civilians are still there it’s because they have nowhere else to go. Everybody’s exhausted, oh, and they’re all probably starving too. Happy new year, Earth.
Now if this was your reality, would you think what happens in Geneva is important? For these people, Geneva might as well be the third planet from Arcturus and the Arcturans are arguing over who stole the krypton from the office mess kitty. Friends, you’ve got to understand, Yan-rek likes the powdered krypton right where he left it. How else is he to find it in the morning before he’s had his first cup?
Since nobody has an answer for Syria, you might say this conference is at least worth a shot because it can’t possibly do more harm than good. Well, if you think this, you’re an idiot. When the attention of all these politicians is on a conference that can’t possibly accomplish a damn thing, I guarantee you there’s something else that isn’t getting done. Like how five million refugees are going to get fed for the next few years? Oh, by the way, the UN doesn’t have enough cash for them all. The Geneva hotel budget alone could probably feed the country for a week though, but who cares.
Friends, this is another topic we’ll hit later. What I consider the blatant incompetent narcissism of the international diplomatic community. They all actually think this is important, that they can accomplish something. If you want to know what it looked like when diplomats were so useless that World War One got started, I think it was something like this. I’m sure a lot of them are genuinely good people who are trying to do the right thing, but sorry, they’ve already failed before it started.
“Wednesday’s initial meeting, involving speeches from 40 or so foreign ministers – has now ended. The direct talks are scheduled to begin in Geneva on Friday.”
Yes, friends, forty. Forty foreign ministers.
But it’s okay because the real talks are still two days away. Cue cash-register sounds for Geneva hotelier.
Oh, and it would appear once again Ban Ki-moon has shown he is not in touch with reality:
“At a fractious evening news conference, during which there were repeated calls for calm, Mr Ban spoke of the suffering in Syria, saying: ‘Enough is enough. The time has come to negotiate.’
Uh, Ban, he’s killed like over a hundred-thousand people. I don’t think he’s interested in talking. Maybe you could ask his foreign minister that over the ten-thousand dollar a plate dinner tonight?
Again, there’s no easy answer here. But let’s at least be honest to those people in Aleppo. If Ban isn’t saying this:
“Enough is enough. The time has come to negotiate. Stop the killing by close of business, Friday. If you don’t, we’ll destroy you and your regime.”
Then nothing is going to change.
“We’re all fucking useless!”