Remember those days?
Nothing better than a good slogan to lull the people into a false sense of hope….slogans make the world a safer place (that is sarcasm)……..
I can remember Obama, Boehner, Graham, et al were all on the same page at the beginning of this situation. The civil in Syria has raged on for over 4 years now and what has been accomplished? Assad still in power. Country divided and destroyed. People fleeing the violence and causing a humanitarian nightmare. Billions of dollars wasted on trying to accomplish one simple end….Assad must go!
I recall when a few people called on the world to attempt tot all this death and destruction by using diplomacy….of course they were scoffed and mostly laugh at because they were what some call….”head in sand” people.
But after four years of a basic stalemate there are some people asking the question…..why not try some form of diplomacy to end this situation?
The Prez of Germany or whatever her title is…..has mentioned that maybe some peace talks should be considered……
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that President Bashar al-Assad should be involved in any Syrian peace talks amid pressure from the rising number of refugees from Syria.
Merkel made the comment on Thursday after a European Union summit on the asylum seeker crisis.
“We have to speak with many actors; this includes Assad, but others as well,” Merkel said. “Not only with the United States of America, Russia, but with important regional partners, Iran, and Sunni countries such as Saudi Arabia.”
Has the refugee problem forced governments to look past their past demands?
The US, as you would expect, is not on-board with a settlement….especially one made by Russia……
For the past several months, there have been reports that the US is increasingly coming on board with Russian calls for a “unity government” made up of the current Syrian government and secular rebels to fight against ISIS. It was therefore unsurprising that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov brought the matter up again in comments today.
The US has let such comments come and go several times, but today angrily rejected the report, saying that America’s position on Syria, and its opposition to Russia’s involvement in the fight against ISIS, remain wholly unchanged.
It could be that Western governments are warming up to the notion that Assad could be part of a government after all.
The latest round of comments from Western officials could be summed up as “Bashar Assad has to go, but,” with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a former Assad ally turned outspoken Assad opponent, saying that the “process” by which Assad is eventually removed from power could give Assad a role, even though “nobody envisages a future” where he isn’t gone eventually.
Openly the US is still defiant toward Syria and Russia……
In an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa, Kerry said he had told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov the United States was worried by Moscow’s military backing for Assad in Syria’s civil war, now in its fifth year.
“These actions could provoke a further escalation of the conflict and lead to the loss of more innocent lives, increasing the flow of refugees and risking a confrontation with the anti-ISIS (Islamic State) coalition operating in Syria,” Kerry said.
Kerry’s comments are what I would expect from a SecState…..but what is being said behind the doors of meetings around the world?
Why would I be suspect of what is being said?
Our plan for fighting the “bad guys” is inadequate and basically a failure…..even our so-called ISIS War Czar sees it……
The official announcement isn’t expected for some time, but State Department officials are confirming that retired Gen. John Allen, who has held the position of ISIS War Czar for the last year, will resign in November because of his growing frustration with the White House’s policies.
Officials said that Gen. Allen had been pushing the White House to escalate the war on numerous levels, in particularly on the Turkish call to establish a “safe zone” out of northern Syria and the deployment of more ground troops to pick targets for airstrikes.
Again…I ask….what is really being talked about behind closed doors?
Apparently something not at all what we hear in the media….to answer the question…….
In an interview on Syrian state media today, top Syrian government adviser Bouthaina Shaaban claimed that there is a “tacit agreement” between the US and Russia on coming to some sort of agreeing on the ongoing civil war, and that some sort of negotiated settlement could happen soon.
But of course the Pentagon crapped on the idea of a deal…….
If that wasn’t confusing enough, Pentagon officials are now talking up the idea that there are “overlaps” of interest between the US and Russia on Syria, suggesting the two sides could work together. They also, however, talked up the need for a “transition” to a new pro-US government.
After all the death and destruction…a poll was taken of the few Syrians left in the country…….
Syrians are overwhelmingly opposed to the division of the country and believe a political solution is still possible, according to a new poll.
In spite of the continuing carnage and a spiralling refugee crisis, the survey by ORB International said that 64 percent of Syrians believed that a political solution was still possible “despite the differences that exist between the Syrians”.
The survey also revealed that 70 percent of Syrians were opposed to the division of the country, with only the Kurds being divided on the issue, split evenly 48 percent in favour and against.
The poll, which surveyed a cross section of 1,365 people across all of Syria’s 14 governorates – including areas controlled by IS – also suggested that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was slightly more popular among ordinary Syrians that any of the opposition groups – though no one was ranked as having a net positive influence.
– See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/new-poll-suggests-syrians-believe-civil-war-resolvable-despite-social-strife-1647775093#sthash.nubeGJAH.dpuf
Odd thing is the Kurds have weighed in to the debate on Assad…….an interesting turn……
While I was in the process of writing this piece another situation developed…..
But they seem to be getting flexible on that matter suddenly, with British Premier David Cameron now reportedly in favor of keeping Assad in power
for the sake of forming a “unity government,” which is the exact same Russian plan that the US and Britain have been repudiating for months
What has happened to last year’s mantra? Assad Must Go!
At what point does the world realize that may not be the answer?
Now I return to a question I have asked time and time again……..Should Assad go or should he stay?