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Who Killed the Syrian Peace Talks?


The long awaited Syrian peace talks — instigated by power brokers Russia and the United States — had already passed their initial due date, and are now officially stillborn.   

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>In war, the purpose of peace negotiations is to copy the situation on the battlefield and paste it to a treaty: the army winning the war enters negotiations from a dominant position, since its position is enforceable on the ground.   

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>But first the rebel's supporters — the United States and its lackeys Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar — must acknowledge this reality and demand that the rebels forge ahead with peace talks, on threat of being cut off politically, financially, and militarily.  

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>But if the war ended tomorrow, Syrian President Bashar Assad, would still be in power, and President Obama has said repeatedly, "Assad must go.”  Obama would be further humiliated by his Syria policy if he had to again recognize Assad as president after spending a year recognizing a group of rich Syrian exiles as "the legitimate government of Syria” and after his administration repeatedly announced that the Assad regime had ended over a year ago.  

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>This is the real reason peace talks will not be held. The U.S. and its European allies want regime change in Syria, and they are prepared to allow many more people to die to make it so. This was made clear by the Obama administration. 10.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:
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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>The above quote mentions "conducting airstrikes to protect civilians.” This is the infamous language of the UN resolution that allowed U.S.-NATO to intervene in Libya; but Obama immediately overstepped "protecting civilians" and quickly jumped into "regime change,” a gross violation of international law and a Bush-like war crime.  

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>Obama's dream of having a post-Assad Syria is further complicated by the fact that Assad is apparently more popular than he has ever been.  

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>But, Obama will not be deterred. After it became clear that the rebels were losing the war, the U.S. and its European allies removed the remaining legal barriers to further arming the rebels, while the religious leaders of Saudi Arabia and Qatar — both U.S. allies — mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”> against the Syrian government (the mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>).    

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>Ultimately, the Syrian rebels would have already been defeated — and thousands of lives spared — if they had not been receiving support from the U.S. and other countries. The U.S.-backed rebels have said that a pre-condition for peace is "Assad must go;” but this demand does not coincide with the reality on the ground: the rebels are in no position to demand this, and the U.S. is using this unrealistic demand to artificially lengthen an already-bloody war.  

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"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>Shamus Cooke is a social service worker, trade unionist, and writer for Workers Action (
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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/09/world/middleeast/syria-opposition-wont-attend-talks-unless-rebels-get-armscommandersays.html?hp&_r=0 

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/22/syria-arms-embargo-rebels?guni=Network%20front:network-front%20main-3%20Main%20trailblock:Network%20front%20-%20main%20trailblock:Position5 

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