Politics Review with Jenn M. Jackson: Russia, Egypt, Syria…And Russia
I have been trying to write this piece on America’s political relationships around the world for about two months. But, every time I sat down to do so, something new emerged. Some new altercation, some new international emergency, just something new. Basically, these past few weeks in Politics Land have been absolutely crazy. But, this seems as good a time as any to address the crumbling relationships America seems to have abroad and the turmoil in the Middle East. And heck, why not throw Russia in there for good measure?
Much to President Obama’s chagrin, Vladamir Putin is coming for him in a major way right now.
First Russia, Then Egypt, Then Syria, Then Russia Again
Two months ago, we were asking “Where in the World is Edward Snowdiego?” After a few weeks of that, we found him safe and sound in Mother Russia. He basically hung out in the Moscow airport for like, ever. Then, Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia for one year. Putin, who has said nothing about this directly, would have had to grant Snowden such status. And, President Obama was not too happy about that decision.
This was the first slap (recently) in the face to America and President Obama. Subsequently, the President cancelled his one on one meeting with Putin scheduled for later that month and temporarily cancelled his meeting with the Russian President scheduled to happen during the September G20 Summit. If these actions seem petty to you, they most certainly are not. Russia and the US represent major military forces which, if not on the same page, could drastically affect foreign relations around the world.
Some have said that Russia’s actions are warranted. They argue that the US has done the same thing to Russia in the past. But, one would think that with President Obama in his second term, working with a do-nothing Congress, and struggling to maintain peace in much of the Middle East, Putin would give him a break. Yeah, not so much.
To add to the Russia drama, the country’s gay rights issues hit a fever pitch when questions surrounding Russia’s harsh anti-gay laws emerged in reference to the 2014 Olympic Games. Basically, the Russian government made it clear that public displays of homosexual relationships would not be tolerated. Then, when this was met with an onslaught of PDA and media attention, the Russian government was forced to tone down the admonishment.
But, amidst these petty issues, Egypt overthrew its newly elected government and returned to its volatile nature we remember so clearly from a year ago.
And then…there was Syria. Al-Assad has been riddled with civil warring for years now. And, last month, he reportedly resorted to using serin gas on his own people killing approximately 1500 civilians, 400 of which were children. In response, President Obama called out his allies both in Congress and abroad about military action against the war-torn nation.
The G20 meeting just so happened to be in Russia this year and has been one of the most covered political events in some time. Russia, even amidst some rocky dealings with America recently, reportedly stepped up to offer an alternative solution to the ultimatum President Obama presented last week. Russia, in favor of non-military engagement with Syria, has suggested that Assad’s regime simply cease to produce and/or use chemical weapons any longer. Whether or not this deal will be struck remains to be seen.
While several nations are in talks specifically about the Syria Conflict, it seems we will not have a definitive answer as to whether or not the US will take military action until President Obama addresses the nation and the world today at 9PM EST (6PM PST).
Stay tuned everyone. This batch of political events has the potential to have lasting political, social, and international consequences.
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