Syrian warring sides to meet under world's gaze

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Jeanmichel wrote:

This conference is now called the conference of the friends of the terrorists in Syria.

Jan 20, 2014 10:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
axelray wrote:

What does the Islamic covenant say about ‘Truth’?
In this case it says absolutely nothing. Stop this nonsense and get on with stopping Brother’s of Islam killing each other.

Jan 20, 2014 11:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
axelray wrote:

What does the Islamic covenant say about ‘Truth’?
In this case it says absolutely nothing. Stop this nonsense and get on with stopping Brother’s of Islam killing each other.

Jan 20, 2014 11:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Tiu wrote:

Remember this one next time some politician starts on about the Global War on Terror.
THEY HAVE JUST OBEYED THEIR DEMANDS – THE WAR ON TERROR IS FAKE.

Jan 21, 2014 4:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
stoneon wrote:

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life “. Without Jesus there is no peace

Jan 21, 2014 4:45am EST  --  Report as abuse
Rumet wrote:

As a part of Syrian population Kurds not invited to Geneva-2. This is foolish and not fair. Actuallyi it would be a opportunity to eliminate 100 years’ mistake. #KurdsMustBeInGeneva2

Jan 21, 2014 6:13am EST  --  Report as abuse
TOR01 wrote:

What the US hasn’t realized yet is that there are NO “good sides” in this bitter sectarian war and the opposition that we appear to be supporting are as psychopathic as the present regime of Assad. Should the opposition win, they will turn Syria into a Sunni Islamic State and they will then turn their attention on the West and on Israel. It was foolish of the US pressuring the UN to rescind the invitation to Iran. Whether the US likes it or not, Iran is a major power broker in the region and there will be no solution to the Syrian problem until Iran are invited to the talks. Another example of the blundering ineptitude of our US State Dept.

Jan 21, 2014 6:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
TOR01 wrote:

What the US hasn’t realized yet is that there are NO “good sides” in this bitter sectarian war and the opposition that we appear to be supporting are as psychopathic as the present regime of Assad. Should the opposition win, they will turn Syria into a Sunni Islamic State and they will then turn their attention on the West and on Israel. It was foolish of the US pressuring the UN to rescind the invitation to Iran. Whether the US likes it or not, Iran is a major power broker in the region and there will be no solution to the Syrian problem until Iran are invited to the talks. Another example of the blundering ineptitude of our US State Dept.

Jan 21, 2014 6:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
willich6 wrote:

Kerry screws it up.. again.. To believe anything that comes out of his mouth is a huge mistake. This guy is the ‘laughingstock’ of the entire diplomatic community as he huffs and puffs around the world making grand pronouncements on this crisis or that.. What a ‘loser’ Obama picked for SoS.. The initials certainly fit…

Jan 21, 2014 10:10am EST  --  Report as abuse
lensmanb wrote:

The US should pull out of the talks and pull out our support for any of them. Let them war between themselves.

Jan 21, 2014 10:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

It is in the world’s interest to try and create peace there. The UN is doing its job. The Syrians are being petulant.

Jan 21, 2014 11:12am EST  --  Report as abuse
Slammy wrote:

The seats of power for these sides are only a few hundred miles apart. If they cannot solve things amongst themselves I fail to see what going to Switzerland will accomplish.

Jan 21, 2014 11:29am EST  --  Report as abuse
Fromkin wrote:

This conference is DOA mainly because the US, Saudi Arabia ad Israel are opposing a peaceful resolution to the criis they started.

Geneva I took place almost 2 years ago and was by all accounts a failure. This is why they are having another try.

Geneva I never called for the removal of a seating head of state. There is no close in international law or in any international covention where some countries can gang up to decide the removal of any head of state of another country not part of the gang.

What Geneva I called for was a formation of a transitional government to pave the way for free and democratic election. But then Hillary Clinton, under zionists’ and warmongers’ pressure and unhappy that the result did not lead to regime change, threw a last minute monkey wrench by adding the words “mutually agreed” in front of “transitional government” and used that phrase to declare that since rebels would never agreed to Assad staying in power so “mutually agreed” means Assad must leave power.

Now Hillary Clinton is a lawyer but that interpretation has no backing in law or in basic common sense. Mutually agreed means jut that. In this instance if the parties to Geneva agreement do not agree then each one returns to statu quo ante. Which means rebels remain rebels, Governants remain governants and the fighting goes on if rebels think that it wil bring a desirable outcome.

Jan 21, 2014 12:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
wilhelm wrote:

which country since the late 19th century has undermined foreign governments of territory they covet by means of armed force? three guesses (and the first two don’t have to count), and they have labeled all of their enemies as either terrorists, ‘enemies of democracy’, barbarians, anarcho-communists (or now ‘islamo-fascists’).

notice a pattern?

Jan 21, 2014 12:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
wilhelm wrote:

which country since the late 19th century has undermined foreign governments of territory they covet by means of armed force? three guesses (and the first two don’t have to count), and they have labeled all of their enemies as either terrorists, ‘enemies of democracy’, barbarians, anarcho-communists (or now ‘islamo-fascists’).

notice a pattern?

Jan 21, 2014 12:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
UScitizentoo wrote:

> reminiscent of Nazi death camps
Nobody cares about the innocent because they allow the slaughter to continue. We have no plans to stop the slaughter of children because the world is run by Narcissists who lie to make the rest of us feel ok about the slaughter. The emperors have no clothes and have no right to say anything about the babies women and children in death camps VII the never ending sequel.

Jan 21, 2014 1:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
worldscan wrote:

Believe you me, if the countries of the West really wanted peace in Syria, there would be peace. The reason there is no peace is because nobody really cares. It’s all about travel, hotels, news conferences, banquets, meetings, and other indulgence.

Jan 21, 2014 2:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Fromkin wrote:

“Opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, pressured to attend Wednesday’s first direct negotiations by their Western backers, cited new, photographic evidence of widespread torture and killing by Syria’s government in renewing their demand that Assad must quit and face an international war crimes trial.”

This was expected. Every time there is an international meeting Reuters and western mignons come up with some torture, massacre or genocide story. But by now people have started to see this scam for what it is. I predicted yesterday that Syria’s ennemies were peparing to hit it with massive propaganda about supposed “industrial killings”

“War crimes lawyers said a vast, smuggled cache of images from a Syrian military police photographer gave clear evidence of systematic abuse and murder of about 11,000 detainees.

War crimes lawyers…when were hey consulted? And if they really exist, did they conduct independent investigations? This is a joke. War crimes lawyers were not concerned about Jihadists when there were being abused in Guantanamo, Afghanistan and Irak. Somehow now suicide bombers deserve protection from “war crimes lawyers”

The fake revolution was dying. This conference offers a new opportunity for media propaganda to change the storyline fom terrorists killing each others and beheading civilians to the government commiting “indudtrial killigs”. Maybe this term(indudtrial killings) will convince the public that the US has to bomb Syria.

False “Industral Killings” accusations set the stage for NFZ,R2P and industrial bmbings when this conference fails and rebels/terrorists can’t accomplish the mission. .

Jan 21, 2014 3:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
kracked1 wrote:

I have a hard time believing Assad could kill his own people as easily as the terrorists have. 3 years in and now there are 11,000 pictures showing war crimes committed by Assad?
For 3 years all I’ve seen on you tube is terrorist war crimes?

Let them fight it out, the winners can rule.

Jan 21, 2014 4:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
kracked1 wrote:

I have a hard time believing Assad could kill his own people as easily as the terrorists have. 3 years in and now there are 11,000 pictures showing war crimes committed by Assad?
For 3 years all I’ve seen on you tube is terrorist war crimes?

Let them fight it out, the winners can rule.

Jan 21, 2014 4:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
nirvichara wrote:

US, UK and terror state SAUDI are blocking it.

Jan 21, 2014 4:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
CMEBARK wrote:

This is a sectarian conflict which have gone on for hundred of years. Personally I have yet to figure out what it’s about. Nor do I give a damn. What I do know is that no conference is going get a solution and we need to steer clear of any involvement of any kind. We have failed to build a viable State in either Iraq or Vietnam. Nation building is simply a slogan for the military-industrial complex.

Jan 21, 2014 6:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jrpardinas wrote:

This conference is window dressing. Nobody really cares, much less believes a peace can be hammered out.

The rebels are losing as most countries but Saudi Arabia secretly, or not so secretly, desire.

Assad is a tyrant, but he’s rational. Nobody wants fanatical mad-hatter Sunni jihadists taking control of yet another country. It would be a disaster for women and for religious minorities. And it would put all pre-Islamic monuments and works of art in danger of destruction.

It is obscene that the West is even pretending to broker a peace with these barbarians. What the West should be doing is what Putin is doing: Killing them without mercy anywhere they raise their ugly heads.

Jan 21, 2014 9:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Humanist123 wrote:

This conference is a joke. It has been put together to mislead the people of Syria and public opinion in US/ Europe. Who wants peace in Syria? To answer this question. We need to know who is fighting in Syria. On one side the ruthless Dictator Asad and the other side is so called the opposition. The majority of armed wing of opposition is al-Qaeda. The small so call secular made of Arab nationalists which are same ideology as Asad (mostly former Baathist). Do you really think US wants to replace Asad with Islamist terrorist state?
How about the non-Arab minorities? The Kurds, Christian and Druze combined ,they make up 25% of Syrian populations. The Kurds rebels control Kurdish area (North-Eastern Syria), they have set up democratic institutions. They are protecting other minorities.They are the third power fighting both Asad and Islamist terrorists. Who represents the minorities in this conference? No one.
This conference is not about Syrian people. It is about interest of regional warring powers. Qataris, Saudis and Turks vs Iranian and Hamas.

Jan 21, 2014 11:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Tiu wrote:

And just for the record, I didn’t put a comment on this article. Reuters has either moved my comment from a previous story, or re-written the story around the comment.
Now why would you do that?

Jan 22, 2014 4:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
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