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Skutečná role USA v Sýrii

NEW YORK – Syrská občanská válka je nejnebezpečnější a nejpustošivější krize na planetě. Od jara 2011 zemřely statisíce lidí, kolem deseti milionů Syřanů muselo opustit domov, Evropou zmítá teror Islámského státu (ISIS) a politické důsledky uprchlictví a Spojené státy a jejich spojenci v NATO se víc než jednou nebezpečně přiblížili přímému střetu s Ruskem.

Skrýváním úlohy USA v Sýrii před americkým lidem i světovým názorem prezident Barack Obama bohužel tato nebezpečí významně znásobuje. K ukončení syrské války je zapotřebí, aby USA předložily poctivou inventuru své trvající, často utajené role v syrském konfliktu od roku 2011, včetně toho, kdo financuje, vyzbrojuje, cvičí a podporuje různé strany. Takové odhalení by vedlo k ukončení bezohledných aktivit mnoha zemí.

Široce rozšířený – a přitom mylný – je dojem, že Obama drží USA mimo syrskou válku. Americká pravice jej pravidelně kritizuje, že za nepřekročitelnou hranici určil syrskému prezidentu Bašáru al-Asadovi chemické zbraně, a pak ucouvl, když ji Asad údajně překročil (věc zůstává mlhavá a sporná, jako tolik jiného v Sýrii). Chybnou představu, že se USA drží za postranní čarou, nedávno zopakoval přední komentátor listu Financial Times, když naznačil, že Obama odmítl radu tehdejší ministryně zahraničí Hillary Clintonové, aby vyzbrojil syrské vzbouřence bojující proti Asadovi.

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