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Is there a Shift in the Position of the Enemies of Syria towards President Assad?

INTRODUCTION

The international positions towards the crisis in Syria have been clear for quite some while now. There are basically two positions: one that calls for dialogue between the parties within Syria combined with a rejection of foreign interference. The other position is far more aggressive and calls for regime change in Syria with a rejection of dialogue and a strong support for the armed gangs or the 'opposition' against the Syrian government.

The aggressive position is supported by the European Union with their sanctions against the Syrian government and the diplomatic support for the non-democratic Doha-coalition. Saudi-Arabia and Qatar are the financial supporters of the armed gangs, occasionally calling for foreign intervention or more sophisticated weapons for 'their' cause (1,2). Turkey takes on the role as the trainer of the armed gangs and of course the conduit of these armed gangs with their weapons into Syria. France, the UK and the United States are supplying strong diplomatic support and all kinds of so-called non-lethal support, like communication devices enabling the armed gangs to coordinate attacks on the army or kill mostly civilians with their cowardly car bombs and missiles.

IS THERE CHANGE IN THE AIR? 

Despite the hailing of the Doha-Coalition by the European Union, Qatar, Saudi-Arabia and the US (3, 4), even France and Saudi Arabia recently had to admit that their goal for regime change wasn't going as smooth as they had hoped. Laurent Fabius (see image), the foreign minister of France said during a press-conference on January 24, 2012: "Things are not moving. The solution that we had hoped for, and by that I mean the fall of Bashar and the arrival of the coalition to power, has not happened," (5).

During the 6th summit between the European Union and Brazil the concluding statements read:

"[the EU and Brazil] called for putting an immediate end to all acts of violence in Syria in a way that allows starting the political process by the Syrians themselves with the international community's support. In a statement issued at the conclusion of its activities in the Brazilian capital Brasilia on Thursday, the Summit stressed that the leaders in Brazil and the European Union agreed on that the current situation in Syria could have unpredictable negative consequences on the stability in the Middle East and the international peace and security. The statement called for providing necessary and active support to the mission of the UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, in order to find a political solution to the crisis that is based on Geneva statement issued last June." (6)

Although this is not a strong turnaround, any mention of the Geneva statement by the E.U. is positive, since the Geneva statement contains the effort to bring together the rivalling parties in Syria, and it doesn't mention the obsession, to use Russian FM Lavrov's term (7), with the toppling of president Assad. Brazil is a strong proponent for the dialogue approach and against the aggressive stance by the E.U.

In an analysis from January 25, 2013, on Press TV (8) we can read about the possible change in the US position towards Syria. Due to the rising threat of muslim extremism the US might just drop their support for these armed gangs and move more towards the dialogue approach:

"Many of those who were predicting the end of Bashar Al-Assad are now having second thoughts. One major factor behind this is the US position. The rising fundamentalist trend in Syria is a grave concern and comes at a time when the US congress is holding hearings on the killing of the US ambassador in Benghazi at the hands of extremists. That incident would probably have not occurred were it not for Nato military intervention in Libya." (8)


The Secretary General of Hezbollah has made a statement on the shattering of the 'coup-d'etat'-dreams of the western world. On January 25, 2013 he said: 

BEIRUT, (SANA) – Secretary General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said that those who are still living in the delusion that the Syrian state will fall must remove this idea from their heads. In a speech on Friday on occasion of the anniversary of the birth of the Prophet Mohammad, Nasrallah said that field data and political, regional and international information indicate that the situation in Syria has reached a point at which the dreams of certain sides were unfulfilled. Nasrallah called for resolving all issues in the region through dialogue, stressing that it makes no sense for someone to destroy their own country for the sake of rights or reforms, stressing that conflicts and crises in the region are all linked to power, control and money, and not linked to religion as the west and some Arab sides are attempting to claim.

Let's just hope dat more people in the western world start to admit that supporting armed terrorists in Syria is not leading to a peaceful solution in the country, and perhaps France's intervention may help, as they are fighting on the same side as the Syrian Government, namely against armed muslim-extremists. According to a Russian diplomat the war in Syria would probably be over in the summer of 2013. Until then we still have to deal with many western nations clinging on their mantra that president Assad must leave, but as the armed gangs are losing popular support and are not making any gains, besides ruining the country, these nations might have to adapt their position to save their face.

NOTES

(1) http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/13796943-qatar-renews-call-for-arab-military-intervention-in-syria

(2) http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/01/25/285531/saudi-prince-calls-for-arming-militants/

(3) https://worldmathaba.net/items/1997-former-peace-activist-mouaz-khatib-head-of-the-syrian-opposition-coalition-asks-eu-for-weapons

(4) https://worldmathaba.net/items/2035-a-lobbyist-for-shell-at-the-head-of-the-syrian-national-coalition

(5) http://news.yahoo.com/france-says-syria-situation-stagnant-no-positive-signs-142546436.html

(6) http://www.sana-syria.com/eng/22/2013/01/25/463741.htm

(7) http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-syria-crisis-russiabre90m0ax-20130122,0,6294964.story

(8) http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/01/25/285404/fundamentalism-fears-pushing-us-to-change-course-on-syria/