Archive for the 'peace' Category

Syria: The West Should Stop Raising False Expectations – By Nikolaos van Dam

Nikolaos van Dam writes that “The West Should Stop Raising False Expectations about Syria. The Western approach to the Syrian uprising has from the very beginning been dominated by an overdose of wishful thinking, because precedence was given to supposedly democratic and moralistic ideals over realpolitik. We should not expect any mercy in the way al-Asad’s regime deals with its opponents: there will be no pardon for the massive armed revolutionary opposition groups that are trying to topple the regime. If the regime were to be toppled, its leaders can expect certain execution. t would be naive to expect President al-Asad to sign his own death warrant. By branding the rule of President al-Asad as illegitimate, Western countries may have been morally just, but they thereby prematurely cut off any opportunity they had to play a constructive role in helping find a political solution.

“Do Syrians Want To Fight Until Victory or Do they Want a Ceasefire?” by James McMichael

Civilians want a negotiated peace as quickly as possible, while rebel fighters are determined to fight on for military victory. Moreover, civilians want a postwar government with limited religious influence, while rebel fighters want a religion-dominated postwar government. Recent survey results show clear-cut differences between the views of civilians and those of rebel fighters with regard to the war and the political future of Syria.

“Syrian Chemical Weapons & the Possibility of Ending the Civil War,” by William R Polk

Reflections on the Syrian Chemical Weapons Issue and the Possibility of Ending the Civil War by William R. Polk (Prof. emeritus, Univ of Chicago & ex-member of the Policy Planning Council of the United States Department of State) September 15, 2013 Because so much of the information and comment in the media, particularly in America, […]

“Let ‘Lawfare’ Shape the Conflict, Not the Flow of Arms” – By David Falt

Let ‘Lawfare’ Shape the Conflict, Not the Flow of Arms By David Falt for Syria Comment If we fail to act swiftly, the decision to lift the arms embargo will most likely backfire and serve only to fuel the opposition’s existing frustration with the international community.   The European Union put a lot at stake […]

Sheikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi Interviewed by Syria Comment

Sheikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi Interviewed by Syria Comment by Matthew Barber   In a previous post I revealed that Sheikh Muhammad al-Ya’qoubi was elected as the first non-Ikhwaan-linked religious figure of the National Coalition. This event did take place, even though his followers were disappointed to discover that his tenure would not see the light of […]