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Syria: Only Diplomacy Can Stop The War
The human cost of this conflict is incalculably high. It’s not surprising that the normal human reaction is “We’ve got to do something.” But what is needed is serious diplomacy, not an army or air force action. U.S./NATO military intervention didn’t bring stability, democracy, or security to
Despite his government’s history of brutal repression, Bashar al-Assad still enjoys support from parts of
Kofi Annan has proposed new negotiations, including the Syrian regime’s supporters,
The current UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, who frequently reflects Washington’s interests, further undercut the potential of his own envoy’s proposal, saying that Assad has “lost all legitimacy”—diplomatic code for “we don’t have to talk to him.” Certainly, the regime has committed brutal atrocities against civilians, potentially including war crimes. The armed opposition is also responsible for attacks leading to the deaths of civilians. It is increasingly difficult to confirm who may be responsible for each attack. The UN monitors have been pulled from the field. The regime has allowed a few more foreign journalists to enter
The regime is clearly responsible for more attacks with heavy weapons, including tanks and artillery, but it is also clear that the anti-government forces are being supplied with increasingly heavy weapons—allegedly paid for by Qatar and Saudi Arabia and coordinated by Turkey and the CIA. Indications are growing of well-armed “outside terrorist forces” operating in
Accountability for human rights violations and war crimes on all sides, whether in national or international jurisdictions, is crucial. But stopping the current escalation of violence and avoiding all-out war must come first.
Sectarianism on the Rise
The ruling Assad clan are Alawites (a form of Islam related to Shiism), ruling over a country with a large Sunni majority. Already, alongside the global interests colliding in
But for the moment, conditions in the area still make a U.S./NATO Libya-style military strike on
All of that makes it unlikely the Obama administration would risk an attack on
Certainly there are no guarantees. Politics still trump strategic interests. The risk of a U.S./NATO attack on
But anti-Assad propaganda remains dominant.
There are also prominent opponents of military force inside the White House and Pentagon who recognize the problems war would create for
The target of
But the reality is far different. Based on
It’s also telling that
The occasional border clash or small-scale eruption of violence aside, Assad has kept the border, and thus the strategic and water-rich Golan Heights—illegally occupied by
Origins, Impacts, And Consequences
The Syrian uprising that began in early 2011 was part of the broader regional uprising that became known as the Arab Spring. Like their counterparts in other countries,
The impact of a military strike in
Kofi Annan’s call for just such a diplomatic option could be the start, if
Phyllis Bennis is a fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies and of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, and author of Challenging Empire: How People, Governments and the UN Defy
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