The only way to end the war in Syria is negotiation with Assad – but no one wants to be seen shaking hands with the devil

Assad’s victory is becoming irreversible, but international recognition of it should be conditional on the return of refugees, along with an internationally monitored amnesty and freeing of prisoners

The most important point about the impending missile strikes in Syria by the US, Britain and France is being missed, despite wall-to-wall media coverage.

The purported aim of the attack is to deter President Bashar al-Assad from using chemical weapons as a weapon in the Syrian civil war. But the history of this savage conflict, in which half a million people have died, shows that all sides employ every possible method to kill or maim their enemies. Preventing the use of one type of armament, and that not the most important, will make little difference.

The only way to stop the deployment of poisoned gas in Syria is to stop the use of all weapons, by bringing the war to an end. But in the run-up to military action against Assad’s forces, there is depressingly little discussion about how this might be done.

Insofar as there is discussion, it is to the effect that either the air strikes will not change the balance of power on the ground, or they will somewhat weaken Assad and prevent him winning a decisive victory in the war.

This is the same old discredited policy that the US and its western allies have pursued for the last five years, since they realised that the armed opposition to Assad was dominated by various al-Qaeda clones, such as Isis and al-Nusra, which would replace him if he ever fell from power.

In cooperation with Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, they helped the rebels sufficiently to keep the war going against Assad, but not enough for them to win. As early as August 2012, a report by the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Pentagon’s intelligence arm, stated that “the Salafists, the Muslim Brotherhood, and AQI [al-Qaeda in Iraq] are the major forces driving the insurgency in Syria”.

It is worth reading in full the DIA report which forecasts “the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria”. This was two years before Isis declared the Islamic State.

Some conspiracy theorists conclude that the US covertly supported the rise of Isis and al-Qaeda, but a more credible accusation is that Washington and its allies created the conditions in which they flourished.

This was a calamitous error in judgement: when the Syrian army withdrew from northern and eastern Syria in 2012, it created a vacuum that was swiftly filled by al-Qaeda fanatics. Revolt in Syria restarted the sectarian civil war in Iraq. Isis captured Raqqa and Mosul, spread to the rest of the Islamic world and began its terrorist attacks in western Europe.

The same catastrophic mistake is now being made again as Western military forces ready themselves to attack Syria. Contrary to the pretence by the governments of the US, UK and France that their great concern is the sufferings of the Syrian people, their actions will simply deepen these because their only likely impact will be to lengthen the war.


2 replies

  1. Not selling weapons to Syria is something the sellers are not ready to do since they love the money (blood money?!).

    In fact, this would be the most effective and fastest way of ending ALL conflicts EVERYWHERE!!!

    And force the warring parties to a dialogue.

    But then, as the adage goes, ‘if wishes were horses, beggars would ride’!

  2. Let us Look at the past story of Jews and Christian.

    Allah destroyed Jews from their country because they turned away from Allah’s law to idol ( their leaders or rabbies)

    Allah destroyed Europe ( Christian coubtries) because they also turned away from Gospel ( Allah law) to idol ( their leader or Priest)

    In 21 th century, Muslim’s turn; Allah has been destrying Muslim countries because they have been turning away from Al Quran ( Allah law) to idol ( leaders and Hadith) .

    They take their Rabbies and their leaders to be their lords in derogation of Allah, Q.9:31

    (2) Follow (O men!) the revelation given unto you from your Lord, and follow not, leaders or scholars, other than Him. Little it is ye remember of admonition. (3) How many towns have We destroyed (for their sins)? Our punishment took them on a sudden by night or while they slept for their afternoon rest. Q 7:2-4

    This is my view from Progressive Muslim.
    If I make mistake , correct me!
    Was Salam ❤️

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