Just when you thought you had the measure of the war crimes in Syria, the Assad regime goes one worse.
The Syrian government is blocking efforts to distribute polio vaccine to children in opposition-controlled areas, who are the most endangered after an outbreak in October. More shocking, the United Nations and the international community are bowing to Assad and failing to get the vaccine to the children.
This timidity could spark a polio epidemic throughout the Mideast.
Two months ago, doctors working in the rebel-held area of Deir al-Zour in northeast Syria reported the initial cases. Polio had been nearly wiped out globally, and this was the first outbreak in Syria since 1999.… Seguir leyendo »
This week I set off for Turkey, the Turkish border with Syria, and — depending on circumstances — to rebel-controlled areas in Syria. I will continue on to Egypt, where a Muslim Brotherhood president is in charge.
I want to write about some of the toughest foreign policy challenges facing the next U.S. president. No question, many will originate in Middle Eastern countries. That fact was self-evident at the final presidential debate, where the sparring largely focused on how to handle the negative fallout from the Arab Spring.
Two years on, the demise of Mideast dictators and rise of “democracy” have produced a handful of elected Islamic governments with harder line militants pressing from the right.… Seguir leyendo »