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‘Devil in the details’

May 10,2017 - Last updated at May 10,2017

The much-touted plan for de-escalation zones in Syria, reached by Russia, Turkey and Iran at the recent Astana peace talks, is not a done deal yet, it seems.

The complicating factor, as expected, is the role of Iran as one of the guarantors of the deal; it raises many questions and irks many a party.

As a result, the US is not clearly on board. US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis expressed some doubts already, saying that while there is a general support for the idea, in principle, the “devil is in the details”.

And the details are many, including who is going to monitor commitment to the deal and which party is going to enforce it, especially when Damascus seems to reject any UN role.

The US, and all those opposing an Iranian role, will want to know more about Tehran’s dubious participation in the deal, especially since it does not even neighbour Syria, like Turkey.

Iran deploys its Revolutionary Guards in the armed conflict in Syria and has been fighting on the side of the Damascus regime all along.

That does not make it a friend of the opposition, whose representatives at the talks initially stormed out because Iran was involved.

Russia has also been fighting on the regime side, but the Shiite element is most prominent in the rejection of Iranian involvement.

The US State Department openly questioned Iran’s neutrality and expressed scepticism about its part in the deal.

If that is not enough, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has cast even more doubts about the viability and sustainability of the pact when he said that although the government supports the deal, Syria will continue to fight terrorist factions, a euphemism for all the opposition groups.

Damascus must be content with the deal, since two of its three sponsors are on its side, but only time will tell where it will be going.

Elaborating on the details, clearly defining them, will help fill out the blanks.

 

So far, the deal appears precarious, with few chances of success, which makes it important to co-opt the US as a serious partner in the accord to ensure its viability.

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YES, I CAN SEE THAT THE PRESSURE STILL BUILDING UP AMONG AND WITHIN ALLIES ON THE EXPENSE OF THE LIFES AND LIBERTY OF THE PEOPLE IN THAT REGION. AT THE END OF THE DAY, THERE WILL BE NO WINNERS IF THIS WAR OF ALLIES AND ALLIES CONTINUES. THE FACT IS THAT THERE ARE NO CLEAN HANDS OR MEDIATORS IN THIS BRUTAL WAR. THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT IRAN HAS THEIR REASONS FOR FIGHTING ON THE SIDE OF SYRIA BUT SO ARE THE MOTIVES OF OTHER COUNTRIES FIGHTING ON THE SIDE OF THE REBELS SO THE WORLD DOES NOT NEED ANY MORE OF THIS. IT DOES NOT MATTER WHO IS YOUR FRIEND AND THE COUNTRIES ON YOUR SIDE, THE FACT IS THAT THE ENTIRE REGION IS BEING POLUTED AND DESTROID. THE CONSEQUENCIES OF THESE SHELLS, CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND OTHER WAR TOYS THAT ARE BEING TESTED IN THAT REGION WILL COME BACK TO HUNT THE REGION IN THE FORMS OF CHRONIC DISEASES INCLUDING CANCERS, BIRTH DEFECTS AND SO ON. GIVEN THE FACT THAT THESE BLOW BACKS KNOWS NO BOUNDRIES SHOULD RAISE AN ALARM BELL TO ALL THE CITIZENS IN THAT REGION NO MATTER WHICH SIDE YOU ARE SUPPORTING AND FIGHTING FOR. IT IS A SHAME TO SEE ALL THE PEACE LOVING PEOPLES IN THAT REGION ENGULFED IN FIGHTING ONE ANOTHER BECAUSE YOUR MASTERS WANTS YOU TO SPEND YOUR DOLLARS IN WAR TOYS RATHER THAN THE LIFES AND LIBERTY OF YOUR PEOPLES. THESE NAME CALLINGS FROM HASH WORDS ON JORDAN, IRAN, SAUDI AND THE LIST GOES ON DOES NOT HELP AND CAN NOT HELP BUT INFLAMES THE PASSION EVEN MORE. I AM SURE THAT NONE OF THESE COUNTRIES WANTS TO DESTROY THEIR OWN PEOPLE SO WHY AND WHY ARE WE SO STUPID TO BE LOCKED IN THESE FRUITLESS AND DANGEROUS GAMES. AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT IS ONE REGION, ONE PEOPLE, ONE LANGUAGE AND ONE DESTINY. THE ENTIRE REGION SHOULD CONSIDER COMMING TOGETHER TO DECLARE A TRUCE, UNITE AND UTILIZE THE REGION'S RESOURCES TO PROVIDE FOR THE FUTHER GENERATIONS AND MAKE FRIENDS WITH ALL THE COUNTRIES IN THAT REGION IRRESPECTIVE OF RELIGION, FAITH, TRIBE AND HISTORY. JUST AS WE HAVE BA IN HISTORY, WE ALSO HAVE BS IN HISTORY AS SO HISTORICAL STUDIES ARE AS FLUID AS ANY SCIENTIFIC STUDIES AND THEREFORE CHANGES OVER TIME. ANY PERSON WHO HAS NOT BEEN IN THAT REGION DOES NOT KNOW HOW BEAUTIFUL THAT REGION IS AND HOW BETTER IT COULD BECOME IN THE ABSENT OF WARS AND HATE MONGERING. THE TIME TO PRAY FOR PEACE AND MAKE PEACE IS NOW BECAUSE THERE MAY BE NO TOMORROW. IF AFRICANS COULD COME TOGETHER AND RESOLVE THE SOUTH AFRICAN INJUSTICE AND STATE OF WWAR, MY IN LAWS IN THE MIDDLE EAST COULD DO EVEN BETTER AND SO LET US GO FOR PEACE AND STABILITY.

"will want to know more about Tehran’s dubious participation in the deal, especially since it does not even neighbour Syria, like Turkey":
Lets try to register this new reality once and for all, inside your [Arab] boneheads: That is, Iran's official supporting-role in Syria, is to protect the sovereignty, the government and the state of Syria, which was formally requested in August 2011, by the government in Damascus, and under the authority & jurisdiction of the sovereign Syrian state: That is precisely why, Iran's military presence, today in Syria, is [The] testament to that new reality on the ground there in Syria, today. Moreover, the sooner the Anglo/American PLC and their lackeys, the Jordan's Hashemites, and the rest of the cabal in Riyadh, can recognise this established fact; the sooner the rest of the region can finally celebrate the end of the bloodshed.

[You] despicable and spineless [Little] Sunni-Arabs, may [Not] like it, but the new reality on the ground is that, the Iranians are there in Syria to stay; get used to it!

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