Syria Peace Talks: Tragedy and Farce

Syria Peace Talks: Tragedy and Farce
by Stephen Lendman
Syrians want Obama’s war ended, peace and stability restored, a chance to rebuild their shattered lives and country. 
Washington and its rogue partners want Syrian sovereignty eliminated, the nation colonized and partitioned, its resources looted, its people exploited, denied their fundamental rights, ruled by Western installed and controlled puppet leadership.
Nearly two weeks of Geneva III talks accomplished nothing. Nor will weeks or months more if they continue.
War rages. Washington, Turkey, other NATO states, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel continue backing ISIS and other terrorist groups, supplying their fighters with arms and other material support.
Obama claiming defeating Daesh is his top priority is a complete fabrication. America created the monster it continues using as a proxy imperial army where it’s deployed – mainly in Syria and Iraq, increasingly in Libya and Afghanistan, wanting a foothold in Russia, China and elsewhere.
Pressure mounts on Syrian UN envoy/chief Geneva III negotiator Bashar al-Jaafari to yield to the demands of Saudi cobbled together terrorist groups representing the opposition – the so-called High Negotiations Committee (HNC).
Honorably representing Syrian sovereign rights, he’s having none of it, including after EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini surprisingly met with him in Geneva – the first meeting of a high-level EU official with a Syrian one since war began in March 2011.
Highlighting publicly after discussions the “importan(ce) not only for the Syrians, but for the Europeans that this process starts, works and delivers” is code language for demanding political transition – aka regime change.
Saudi manipulated HNC terrorists call Assad’s departure non-negotiable, demanding his ouster “dead or alive.”
Al Jaafari remains firm, refusing to let foreign powers dictate Syrian policy, the exclusive right of its legitimate government, overwhelmingly supported by popular mandate. 
In June 2014, Assad was reelected by an 89% majority, a process independent international observers called open, free and fair.
Al Jaafari rightfully insists his status “has nothing to do with the talks.” Before returning to Damascus for consultations, he stressed Syria’s ongoing battle against thousands of imported terrorists Western and regional countries call the “moderate opposition.”
Prospects for achieving conflict resolution in Geneva are virtually nil – not as long as Washington and its rogue partners continue supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups, along with demanding what Syrians won’t tolerate.
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By Stephen Lendman

Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.

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