Comments on: Dooming the Syria talks before they begin Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:37:49 +0000 hourly 1 By: AZreb Sat, 25 Jan 2014 13:42:29 +0000 According to one article this morning, Israel says there are thousands of rebel fighters close to Israel’s border. Many of those have links to or are al Qaida members. If the US decides to arm and support these terrorist groups, it will have a problem with Israel, one of the US allies.

Turkey is also at risk from the terrorist group members. The US is between a rock and a hard place in this mess – arm terrorists on the one side or support Assad and his vicious government.

By: ZGHerm Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:57:19 +0000 The US has another, much more difficult reality to accept: that they are not the “great and all important brokers” of agreements any longer, and they have to take a seat at the round table as equal partners, and if an issue does not concern them directly they might not even have a place at the table.
The continuous interference from the “more important” nations, “global brokers/policemen” and their “experts”, the ongoing secretive, back-door diplomacy, is seriously harmful and preventing any true, meaningful negotiations to take place.
Whatever Washington thinks about Iran or other parties in this conflict, and more importantly what self-concerns, self-interest they have in should not enter the arena, and should be ignored completely.
In a global, interdependent system there are no more important or less important cog-wheels, any issue, conflict should be negotiated and agreed upon by those who are directly or indirectly involved, through properly organized and independently moderated round table discussions without “outside” interference.

By: Yaakovweeeeeee Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:30:14 +0000 It is pretty obvious that the author has a point. Equally obviously there is no one that we, as Americans really like.. So the question I have is whether the best realistic outcome we can hope for is to watch this civil war between the Arabs unfold without taking sides.

Our history shows that we invariably regret choosing the side we did. And the locals always eventually resent an outsider coming in and taking sides.

By: KyleDexter Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:34:34 +0000 I have a solution for you Mr. Rhodes. Have the US, Isreal and Saudi Arabia stop supporting terrorism in Syria, and the war will end.

We should be helping Assad to kill every Salafist man and woman in Syria!

By: AZreb Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:32:46 +0000 Now, according to a couple of articles I read this morning, the US government is ready to arm the rebels. Really? Arm the rebel groups, many of whom are al Qaida, a group branded as terrorists by the same government that now wants to arm them!

Frankly, I think the US government has lost its mind in foreign affairs. First we back one side, then the other side – we arm, train and equip troops for other countries and then those troops turn against the US.

Why can’t we just stay out of the civil wars, the insurgencies, the mess in the Middle East and other areas? Or does our government need to keep the Pentagon and the MIC involved continually with arms sales and wars?

By: meleze Thu, 23 Jan 2014 04:26:16 +0000 All of this seems partly wrong. Syria has a common border with Israel and the name of this country is not even mentionned in this worldwide tour. The same for the Turkey.
Concerning Israel its support to Hassad makes no doubt in spite of the alliances between Syria and Hamas group one hand, and Iran other hand. Two years ago the world was going to a so high point of threats between Tel Aviv and Teheran that everybody was saying that nuclear war was ready. And now with Assad putting his country on the knies beware is alliance with Teheran the sum of Syria and Iran is more welcomming to Israel than the divisions of Al Quaeda? There are things in the spying of the NSA that are not understandable fron the single point of view of an observer.

By: Fromkin Thu, 23 Jan 2014 02:59:11 +0000 Mr Rhode,

The solution to this crisis is simple but everybody is avoiding it including journalists. All that needs to be done is stopping the flow of weapons and radical Jihadists into Syria.

regardless the Syrian government is slowly but surely winning this US, Israel, Saudi imposed war. Today the international airport in Aleppo was open to civilian flights after the Syrian army cleared the area from Jihadists in November and restored the airport.

If the West and their Arab allies stop aiding Jihadists, the war would end in 2 weeks and Syria will be rebuilt within 2 years just like southern Lebanon was rebuilt after 2006 war.