Syria envoy seeks peace as clashes rage

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Doc62 wrote:

More empty yada yada rhetoric! “Peace” in Syria will come after the rebels take a huge “Piece” out of Assad. Only hope to shorten the conflict is a “No Fly Zone”. The whole world knows this, even our enemies. The only good thing Assad did is a “No Westerners” rule. We can’t change Syria and we don’t need to have any hostages there.

Dec 25, 2012 11:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
kehenalife wrote:


Dec 25, 2012 12:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Fromkin wrote:

“But most opposition groups appear frustrated with Brahimi’s quest for a deal on a transitional government. He has not clarified any role for Assad, whose foes say he must simply go, arguing that too much blood has been shed for any other outcome.”

Only mentally deranged can see logic to the statement above.

“He has not clarified any role for Assad…” That’s not his job. he has no power over Assad.

“Whose foes say he must simply go,”–This is a joke.

“arguing that too much blood has been shed for any other outcome.”—That’s why they are killing innocent civilians to argue that”much blood has been shed for any other outcome”–They are crazy.

Dec 25, 2012 2:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Fromkin wrote:

The rebels are surrounding (the Christian town) Muhardeh to get rid of Assad’s soldiers and shabbiha, but we have not forgotten your honorable stance when you took care of our refugees when the army entered Hama,” he said.

“We will not accept that you are targeted by hatred, you are our brothers and our friends.”


You should be ashamed of this propaganda you write everyday…

Dec 25, 2012 2:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Reuters1945 wrote:

Syria’s tragedy is the Spanish Civil War, redux.

To the horror of many realistic observers, the Civil War in Syria is looking more and more like the Spanish Civil War of the Francisco Franco era of the 1930′s.

Early on it appeared that the forces hoping to topple the Franco regime had the will, the determination and the numbers to succeed.

But time was on Franco’s side as his powerful military forces slowly pushed back on all fronts, in a war of brutal attrition. It appeared to be a heartbreaking tragedy, as Franco had the assistance of Hitler on his side and was prepared to savage as many ordinary Spanish civilians as necessary to squash the “Revolt” against him.

When one stares at photos of ruined Syrian cities battered and reduced to rubble by bombs from Assad’s air force jets, one is immediately reminded of what King Francisco Franco visited upon the town of Guernica in Spain.

Hitler had requested that Franco allow him to test a new form of Blitzkrieg blanket bombing on a city to gauge its effectiveness and Franco had offered to let the Nazi’s use Guernica as their guinea pig.

The entire town was reduced to smoldering ashes in just a few hours and led to Pablo Picasso, the great Spanish artist, living in Paris at that time, to paint in the space of ten days, his huge immortal mural depicting the horrors of Guernica’s terrible fate. I have never seen a more powerful work of art that describes so well the complete and utter terror of war.

As we watch what is happening in Syria the situation has many things in common with the Spanish Civil War. But one major difference was that, had Franco’s Regime been toppled, the resulting government would have been composed of fairly moderate, Western type democratic elements.

In the case of Syria, it is fairly probable that whatever follows Assad will more than likely look like the Egyptian model where the country is divided between a large secular leaning population and a huge, likely majority, population, that wishes to institute strict Islam type control involving strongly enforced Sharia Law on all aspects of daily life for all Syrians.

For many this new “improved” type of Syria will be no improvement over the 40 year old Assad Dynasty Regime. Just a type of musical chairs as far as who is on top holding the reins of power lording it over those now consigned to be at the bottom of the pecking order.

Thus, there will be no great celebrating around the world when and if, Assad falls. And it is clear now that Assad will not step down and go quietly into the night. It appears he will fight to the bitter end using more and more lethal forms of waging war in order to hold out as long as he can do so.

And it appears that if and when Assad falls, for the vast number of people who preferred he remain in power, their very worst nightmares will unfold in front of them with the force of an onrushing flow of red hot lava cascading down upon them, from the huge volcano of “Free Syria Rebels” who wished to bring Assad down.

This ongoing human disaster in Syria, in many ways, dwarfs all the other contemporary dramas unfolding in the Middle East. And the onset of the Winter cold will simply increase the degree of human suffering, exponentially.

The future fate of Syria is the height of human tragedy unfolding before our very eyes.

Dec 25, 2012 4:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ConradU812 wrote:

If they would have banned guns in the first place, this revolt would have never have started in the first place. A few civilians would have been shot or hung as an example and the regime would have been fine. It’s the NRA’s fault!

Dec 25, 2012 5:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
matthewslyman wrote:

@Fromkin: how can Assad be a unifying figure, or a true representative for all Syrians now? Isn’t that what a leader is supposed to be? Otherwise, how can they lead their country?

Dec 25, 2012 5:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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