Syria peace talks make little progress, says envoy

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sabrefencer wrote:

non of the participants want peace….they go thru the motions…then go right back to killing…

Feb 11, 2014 11:56am EST  --  Report as abuse
Tiu wrote:

Perhaps the opposition doesn’t know what terrorism is. They probably think it makes them holy somehow.

Feb 11, 2014 11:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
paintcan wrote:

“We are also deeply concerned to learn that a number of boys and men and their families were seized by the authorities as they left the besieged area. It is essential that they do not come to any harm,” he said.

The coalition of the bribed in Afghanistan and Iraq didn’t observe that law either. They all agreed to it as members of the UN and they all claimed the UN gave them approval for the invasions but when they got there they did what they liked in pursuit of their own interests. They just don’t talk about their own atrocities when the matter is too inconvenient to mention and so contradicts their own rhetoric.

Some people may think the UN has been dreaming, but what else can they say about the practice of warfare without jeopardizing the laws of peacetime? In warfare the rule seems to be, the side that does the most damage and can show the greatest arbitrary force wins. And that was the core strategy behind Iraq too. Assad is doing about what The coalition did in Iraq sans high Jersey barriers ala West Bank borders and Baghdad neighborhoods.

BTW – I have no idea what the insurgency in Syria is paid but, I suspect, for most of them it’s better than most other lines of work available to them. And they also have the opportunity to loot and shake down civilians. I’m sure that could be an issue that would make many of them cling to their guns and the power they sense from holding them, and not make them very eager to step back down and rejoin the civil society. But sooner they are going to have to drop them as get to work at matters that no one in the insurgency seems to have any experience at. When they get to power they will very likely be just like what they claim they destroy.

But if Assad’s Syria is truly a country dominated by a selfish and insular upper class that clings to Assad for survival, than it makes more sense for them to open their wallets before their assets all go up in smoke.

Syria makes it very obvious how easy it is to destroy a once prosperous country and it looks like anyone can do if they have the right (or wrong) backing. Either one will do.

Feb 11, 2014 12:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
riposte wrote:

talk is cheap, actions speak

Feb 11, 2014 1:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sabrefencer wrote:

its a new diplomacy….called talk and shoot..only all the people lose

Feb 11, 2014 1:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
XianSheng wrote:

“The alternative to Bashar Assad is not a democratic one, with all due respect to the opposition,” he said. “The alternative to Bashar Assad is chaos at best and Islamic fiefdoms with no central government at worst.”
- Mohammad Ballout, analyst with Lebanese daily As-Safir newspaper.

Feb 11, 2014 2:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Fromkin wrote:

“Referring to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, he said: “Secretary Kerry and others have delivered a very direct message to the Russians that they cannot say they are concerned about the wellbeing of the Syrian people when there are starving civilians.”

This statement shows how Obama has become out of touch with reality and insensitive to human sufferrng.

The US and its Western allies have imposed sanctions/blockade preventing even the most basic food/medecine/fuel to reach Syria but accuse Russia of starving civilians. That’s the height of hypocrisy.

If the starvation is not as widespread and devastating as the US wanted it’s mainly because of assistance by Russia and Iran which are helping Syrians with food, fuel and medecines.

The truth is the US uses starvation as a means to achieve regime change.

Feb 11, 2014 3:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
17plusOne wrote:

~ The Gory of Abe “Vogon” Lincoln, America’s Sludgiest President ~
To prove that he was lord of the flies, not-so-honest Abe:
1. hijacked the “free the slaves” peaceful bandwagon and crashed it,
2. killed over 800,000 American soldiers,
3. destroyed countless farms/livelihoods,
4. starved to death hundreds of thousands of “freed” slaves,
5. escalated racial and political prejudice, and
6. nearly crushed America’s spirit.
America could have prevented Abe’s war simply by subsidizing the economic transition from owning Africans to employing them. But Abe valued his point instead of his nation.

Feb 11, 2014 4:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
17plusOne wrote:

~ The Gory of Abe “Vogon” Lincoln, America’s Sludgiest President ~
To prove that he was lord of the flies, not-so-honest Abe:
1. hijacked the “free the slaves” peaceful bandwagon and crashed it,
2. killed over 800,000 American soldiers,
3. destroyed countless farms/livelihoods,
4. starved to death hundreds of thousands of “freed” slaves,
5. escalated racial and political prejudice, and
6. nearly crushed America’s spirit.
America could have prevented Abe’s war simply by subsidizing the economic transition from owning Africans to employing them. But Abe valued his point instead of his nation.

Feb 11, 2014 4:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tetsuoii wrote:

Why are we being mislead? This war is financed and planned by people who would rather see every Syrian dead than back down.

WATCH THIS: http://youtu.be/p8ERfxWouXs THEY LIVE!

Feb 11, 2014 6:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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