Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a very busy weekend representing circling the globe to represent America’s interests in the Middle East. Ms. Clinton was especially effective using every opportunity to offer her moral outrage at those who fail to follow America’s leadership.
On Friday she gave an impassioned speech to a meeting of the “Friends of the Syrian People” to forcefully demand that every nation represented at the meeting call Russia and China to tell them:
“I don’t think Russia and China believe they are paying any price at all – nothing at all – for standing up on behalf of the Assad regime. The only way that will change is if every nation represented here directly and urgently makes it clear that Russia and China will pay a price.”
The Chinese seem to be so impressed with Ms. Clinton’s demands they pay a price, just 48 hours later China announced they are paying $20 billion to develop Iranian oil fields in Yadavaran and Azadegan. Initial production is estimated at 700,000 barrels of crude oil per day in the Azadegan field, which is estimated to contain approximately 42 billion barrels of Iran’s total oil reserves of approximately 560 billion barrels. Iran’s Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi told reporters on Sunday that it took 10-15 years to reach a development agreement and that there will soon be contracts signed with the Chinese for the development of 12 more new oil fields.
The Russians have not yet announced if they are also “paying any price”. But the last time the United States tried to intimidate Russia with a strategy of moral outrage regarding their meddling in the pro-western nation of Georgia, Russia responded by invading the country and setting up the puppet states of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The Russians have already made it clear regarding their willingness to provide military support for their Syrian and Iranian allies by deploying an aircraft carrier and armed warships to patrol the Syrian Coast.
As for the “Friends of the Syrian People”, this weekend had its own set of challenges. It was reported Saturday that Saudi Arabian security forces in Qatif fired into an unarmed protest march. Having shot a Shiite cleric named Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, he was arrested for disturbing the peace.
Ms. Clinton was unavailable to comment on the unpleasantness in Saudi Arabia, because she was busy as Secretary of State making a “powerful plea Sunday for the rights of women in Afghanistan” at a Tokyo global forum held in Tokyo where representatives from more than 80 nations and international organizations gathered to adopt the “Tokyo Declaration”, pledging their support and $16 billion cash for Afghanistan government. Clinton eloquently stated: “The United States believes strongly that no nation can achieve peace, stability and economic growth if half the population is not empowered.”
Unfortunately, her message of women’s liberation was somewhat under-cut after a “horrific video emerged showing the public execution of a 22-year-old woman accused of adultery”. It seems that since President Obama ended the use of NATO troops to patrol the countryside, the Taliban has once again taken over the settling of legal affairs regarding women.
Responding to worldwide revulsion to the video across western world; U.S. officials said Secretary of State Clinton had raised the issue with Afghan President Hamid Karzai during her brief visit to Kabul on Saturday. Officials emphasized that Ms. Clinton had stressed America’s moral outrage by warning the Afghan leader that women’s rights are a “litmus test” for the country’s progress.
There has been no comment from the Taliban, the Syrians, the Iranians, the Russians or the Chinese.
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