Obrana americké „agendy svobody“

Bývalý syrský poslanec a politický vězeň Mamún al-Homsi, kurdský aktivista Džengízchan Hasso z Výkonné rady Národního shromáždění Kurdistánu a já jsme se nedávno setkali s prezidentem Georgem W. Bushem v Oválné pracovně. Hodinové schůzky se zúčastnili také poradce pro národní bezpečnost Steven Hadley, zástupce poradce pro národní bezpečnost Elliott Abrams, poradce viceprezidenta pro národní bezpečnost John Hannah a další úředníci.

Mnozí pozorovatelé považovali naši schůzku, k níž došlo bezprostředně po konferenci v Annapolisu, kde se sešli představitelé všech arabských států – včetně Sýrie – a Izraele, za projev nevůle Bushovy administrativy normalizovat bilaterální vztahy se Sýrií či uzavřít s tamním režimem jakoukoli dohodu.

Tyto názory skutečně nemusí být daleko od pravdy. Vždyť když s námi Bush hovořil, nesnažil se skrývat opovržení syrskými vládci a odmítl možnost přímých rozhovorů nebo zlepšení vztahů. Bushův negativní verbální projev během naší schůzky převážil nad „pozitivní řečí těla“, jíž si syrský velvyslanec ve Spojených státech Imad Mustafa údajně povšiml během krátkého setkání s ministryní zahraničí Condoleezzou Riceovou na schůzce v Annapolisu. Všichni víme, kdo má v rukou opratě.

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