Yep we Americans know everything that is happening in Syria…..let me break it down a bit…Assad is fighting the rebels and ISIS, the Kurds are fighting Assad and ISIS and now Turkey, Turkey wants Assad gone but they want to end their conflict with the Kurds that has plagued them for decades……and then there are the rebels that are fighting….the rebels….is it clear now?
In all that confusion there is a peace talk going on in Vienna……and this conference has reps from US, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iran other a few others thrown in to make it look like a real negotiation…..in case you would like to read more about this try at a settlement…..
My first question is….who is speaking for Syria and the Syrian people?
Let’s say that for some reason a deal is met…..granted it is a bit of a stretch but for the sake of argument…….what about ISIS…….where does this leave the whole ISIS bad scenario?
Is this conference thing just a feel good attempt to make the world think that there is more diplomacy than there really is?
I will not pretend that I am not a supporter of trying to find a negotiated settlement…..but I do not think that this is a serious commitment to a peaceful end…..
This is just what we do……pretend to end conflicts with fake peace accords…..plus this will do nothing to solve the ISIS problem even it was a real negotiation….
Just another waste of time while people continue to die……
But these meetings in Vienna will help decide who will be a good guy and who will be a bad guy……
With some 20 countries sending representatives to Vienna for weekend talks on Syria, one of the main focuses will be on a global list of “terrorist groups” active within Syria, aimed at settling which groups will be allowed into future unity talks and which are to be excluded.
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond predicted a lot of “horse trading” in the compilation of the list, but said virtually everyone, including the US, was likely to end up with some allies on the list who they have to sever ties with.
Though details on who is likely to end up on the terror list weren’t released, Hammond predicted major Saudi pushback for the inclusion of some of the more overt Sunni Islamist factions, like Ansar al-Sham, who they’ve been bankrolling for years.
The list’s primary use will be in deciding who to eventually invite to the talks by process of elimination, but inclusion on the terror list could also turn some currently fashionable allies for some countries into virtual pariahs, and turn some of the less significant groups that manage to avoid the list into more important players.
There the games begin!
Side note: Minutes before this post was to publish I got word about the negotiations….Kerry says Syria could be ‘weeks away’ from transition http://f24.my/1SVSFvI
I will remain suspicious until there is more …….