US, Saudis and Russia Vie for Influence in Post-Assad Syria

Source: The RealNewsCom

Interview with Hamid Dabashi: Russian position more reasoned but share US interest in maintaining Syrian military dictatorship without Assad

DABASHI: My sense is that the continued carnage is going apace. Who exactly is killing whom is a subject of debate. Obviously, governmental forces are severely crashing [sic], both in Hama and in Homs. But obviously there is armed resistance, which indicates there must be one of two things or a combination of both: defection in the army, and arming of the opposition by people interested in this sort of further violence of the confrontation.

But the diplomatic scene, I think, is more indicative of what is happening. As you know, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council initiated a machination through the Arab League in order to force Bashar al-Assad out. It didn’t work, and they took the thing to the United Nations, and as you know, the Russians vetoed it.

Now, we have had lots of hot air between United States and Russia, United States accusing Russia of giving Syrians a license to kill, or they have blood on their hands, or that they are disgusted with Russia—this coming from the country that has vetoed anything against Israel for generations. If we reverse the vocabulary, obviously, one might read it as United States having given Israel license to kill.

But it is important to read the Russian reaction in their veto in the United Nations in the context of the more general frame of Arab Spring. The Russians were left out of the post-Gaddafi deal in Libya, and this time around they have no intention of post-Assad scenario. So both Islamic Republic of Iran and Russia have their own vested interest in keeping Assad in power, or, if Assad is to go, for the Russians—Russians have no problem letting go of Assad, so far as they have a say, they have a benefit, something to come their way in the aftermath of Assad.

That’s where we stand now. That is, the geopolitics of the region is United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Arab League is on one side; Syria and Iran and Hezbollah is on the other side.

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