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Plans for Syria 'peace conference' in Geneva collapse

Bashar al-Assad (Gulf News)
Bashar al-Assad (Gulf News)

Plans for an international "peace conference" on the war in Syria collapsed on Tuesday. The peace conference was originally the idea of the Obama administration and the Russians, who, in May, proposed the conference for June. With one delay after another, it was hoped that the peace conference would be held in November. But with Tuesday's announcement, the conference will be postponed to next year. 

When making the announcement, U.N./Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said: 

  • that an average of 6,000 people per day leave Syria to become refugees in neighboring countries;
  • that more than 9 million people are directly suffering, either as IDPs (internally displaced persons) within Syria, or as refugees in neighboring countries;
  • that the international community is already paying $4-6 billion per month, and doesn't want to pay more;
  • that United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon is "getting impatient" with the war, and wants it to end.

And so we have Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov saying, "There's no military solution to this war; we must find a diplomatic solution." Meanwhile, Russia is pouring heavy weapons into Syria for al-Assad's army to use in mutilating and massacring innocent civilians. 

And we have al-Assad, who has been starving and bombing innocent civilians, using Russian weapons, because he wants to gain as much military advantage as possible for leverage during any peace conference. His adviser says that al-Assad should not step down, because once peace is at hand, then the Syrian people (the ones whom al-Assad hasn't yet had a chance to kill) will decide whether he should step down. According to his adviser: "Whatever the Syrians agree to is fine but there should be no foreign or regional interference in the will of the Syrian people." 

And we have U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who says, "There's no military solution to this war; we must find a diplomatic solution." Kerry has been sucking up to the Russians after a series of flip-flops by President Obama, indirectly supporting al-Assad's genocidal massacre of his own people. Beyond that, there's no coherent strategy that I can discern to what the Obama administration is doing in foreign policy, and Kerry just travels from place to place, saying one dumb thing after another. 

Thanks to the psychopathic behavior by al-Assad, fully and enthusiastically supported by the Russians and indirectly supported by the Obama administration, Syria has become a magnet for al-Qaeda linked jihadists from Pakistan, Algeria, Dagestan, and other regions. The result is Syria has two different opposition forces -- the original Syrian "rebels," and the jihadists. 

So what would be the outcome of a peace conference if it did occur? Would the al-Qaeda linked jihadists stop fighting? Would al-Assad stop fighting? 

Let's remember how this all started. Two and a half years ago, there were peaceful demonstrations by people asking for greater political freedom. There were no jihadists, and the demonstrators had no weapons. Al-Assad responding by slaughtering the innocent civilian protesters with guns and tanks and missiles. 

If there were a peace conference and everyone stopped shooting, but the Syria people started peacefully demonstrating again, would al-Assad not slaughter them this time? 

So we have Lavrov, Kerry, and others saying, "There's no military solution to this war; we must find a diplomatic solution." They repeated this over and over, like Howdy Doody singing "It's Howdy Doody time! It's Howdy Doody time!" over and over and over. 

And so we have the United States of America, the greatest nation in the history of the world, the world's policeman since World War II, under the Barack Obama administration subordinating itself to and conspiring with the Russians to allow the psychopathic al-Assad to commit genocide. That's what it's come to. Reuters and Bloomberg and BBC

U.S. intelligence suggests that Syria is hiding chemical weapons

Secretary of State John Kerry has repeatedly congratulated Russia on having a positive, cooperative approach to Syria, and Kerry has repeatedly said he's "very pleased" with Syria's positive, cooperative approach to the chemical weapons inspectors. I'm sure that Kerry's reassuring remarks have left the world anxiety-free over al-Assad's weapons of mass destruction. After all, al-Assad has repeatedly lied about his genocidal behavior and is still lying about having used chemical weapons on innocent civilians, even though United Nations inspectors presented evidence that proves that al-Assad used those weapons. But Kerry's remarks removed all concerns. 

So now U.S. intelligence is indicated that the al-Assad regime did not fully declare all its chemical weapons after all, and that it wants to keep some chemical weapons and also wants to keep factories where chemical weapons could be manufactured. 

Wow! What a surprise! Who could have seen this coming after all those reassuring statements by Kerry? CNN

KEYS: Generational Dynamics, Syria, Bashar al-Assad, Lakhdar Brahimi, Sergei Lavrov, Russia, Ban Ki-moon, John Kerry 

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