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I thought at the very beginning of the civil war in Syria that the situation was confusing…..we had 34+ factions fighting the Syrians, the US, ISIS, each other and God knows what else. And then there were these so-called “moderate” rebels….to this day that term has NOT been defined accurately.
I am a fairly rational and intelligent person with a background in international relations but I will be damned if I can figure out what the Hell is going on with this ceasefire and these negotiations. Can you?
Back during the Arab Spring when all this began…the Syrian people demonstrated for a regime change and now there is talk of turning Syria into a federal state of some sort…..
Proposing federalism is a bid to resolve the dilemma of divisions among external powers over Syria, and not for fulfilling a Syrian demand
I do not believe this is what the Syrian people had in mind….the destruction of their country…they have watched it deteriorate for years now and see that the division would make matters worse….not better.
Syrian forces are making great headway against the “bad guys”…they have even taken back control of the historic site of Palmyra…..could this turn of events be a good thing?
Syrian army successes will help accelerate a political settlement to the country’s civil war, President Bashar al-Assad said, because they weaken the position of international opponents who he accused of hindering any agreement.
In an interview published as government forces, backed by heavy Russian air power, maintained an offensive against Islamic State militants, Assad said his government “continue to be flexible” in its approach to talks aimed at ending the war.
“However at the same time, these victories will have an impact on the forces and nations which hinder a settlement because those states, first of all, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, France and Great Britain, are betting on our defeat on the battlefield in order to enforce their terms during the talks,” he said
Like any world leader, Assad is trying to keep the reins of power in his hands…..
President Bashar Assad said Wednesday that any transitional government in Syria should include both the regime and opposition, as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon urged greater efforts to tackle the country’s refugee crisis.
In an interview published Wednesday, Assad told Russia’s RIA Novosti state news agency it would be “logical for there to be independent forces, opposition forces and forces loyal to the government represented” in any transitional body.
Assad did not specify which opposition groups should be included in the government but the statement comes as Damascus faces international pressure to compromise at U.N.-mediated talks aimed at ending the five-year conflict that has killed some 270,000 people.
In a sign of how high the stakes are, the U.N. chief exhorted a conference in Geneva “to address the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time” which has seen an estimated 4.8 million Syrians fleeing their homeland.
The political dance is going on in the background…..US wants Assad to go as an outcome of this conflict…..Russian want him, Assad, to stay……but NO one has asked the Syrian people what they want…..should he go or should he stay?
Obama is facing pressure to make a decision about Assad……
The Obama administration, buoyed by a rare measure of good news from Syria, now faces increasing pressure to prove it is serious about pushing Bashar Assad out of power.
A cease-fire has held for more than a month, and humanitarian aid is reaching Syrian areas long under siege, developments that a senior U.S. official said have “pleasantly surprised” the administration. But despite an ongoing peace process, little progress has been made on a political settlement among the parties involved.
U.S.-backed Syrian opposition leaders want President Barack Obama to push harder for an agreement that bids farewell to Assad, the Syrian dictator they blame for the past five years of bloodshed. Some worry that if a deal on a political transition isn’t reached soon, the U.S. presidential election could distract the administration and sap its resolve.
Again….what do the Syrian people think?
The US us running around worried……the peace talks are progressing at a slow speed but are progressing and now there is something else the US is afraid of for Syria…..a “what it”…..could Assad sign a deal with opposition groups to stay in power?
The US has reacting to that possibility…..
With some progress apparently being made in the peace talks, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says he believes a new constitution could be ready in a matter of weeks and a new unity government, including both the existing government and rebel factions, could be formed with little difficulty.
Convincing the rebels, such as they are, may not be the tough part, however, as the White House was quick to condemn Assad’s comments, and to warn that the US will never recognize any Syrian government that includes Assad.
The US has made regime change their stated goal in Syria for years, and has been bankrolling a series of not particularly successful rebel outfits to try to see that happen. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest insisted a government including Assad is an “obvious” non-starter.
Assad suggested the new government would include a cabinet primarily of technocrats, and gave the impression that the draft constitution would give way to free elections, something Russia has advocated as a route to ending the civil war, and which the US has insisted they would condition on banning Assad and certain of his allies from participation.
( antiwar.com )
Now ask……what can the US do if such a deal is struck?
There options are limited….they can pout and throw a hissy fit or they can continue the death and destruction in Syria…..any idea what their choice will be?
Finally, the US stands for democracy and the “will of the people”, right?
If that is a true desire of the US explain what the Hell this is…….
Syrians are free to choose their leaders as long as they choose the leaders Washington has chosen for them.
Over and over again the White House has reiterated its position that the Syrian people are forbidden from choosing Assad as their president after ISIS and al-Qaeda are defeated. The latest example of Washington’s anti-democratic “democracy promotion” came today, after Assad signaled his flexibility in forming a transitional government that might include the opposition, independents, and loyalists.
Please…….explain to me again how this democracy thing works…..
Apparently No one is listening to the White House…..
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been re-elected in a landslide, officials said on Wednesday, capturing another seven-year term in the middle of a bloody three-year-old uprising against his rule that has devastated the country.
Syria’s parliament speaker, Jihad Lahan, announced the final results from Tuesday’s election, saying Assad garnered 10,319,723 votes, or 88.7%. Laham said Assad’s two challengers, Hassan al-Nouri and Maher Hajjar, won 4.3% and 3.2% respectively. The supreme constitutional court put turnout at 73.42%.
Think it is confusing now…..just wait….it ain’t over yet!
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