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Divergent perspectives

Sep 11,2018 - Last updated at Sep 11,2018

Friday’s Tehran summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his counterparts Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the ticking time bomb, Idlib, ended up with deep division between the Turkish leader on one hand and his Russian and Iranian counterparts on the other.

Presidents Putin and Rouhani rejected, at the outset, the proposal of President Erdogan to declare a ceasefire in Idlib and the forces deployed in Syria continued to bombard parts of Idlib province, where alleged "terrorists" are present.

The Turkish leader decided to dig in over the Idlib conflict by declaring that "we won't watch from the sidelines and that Turkey will not sit idly by if the world turns a blind eye to the killing of tens of thousands of people".  Erdogan also served notice on Moscow and Tehran that Ankara is not about to take part in any offensive against Idlib. These profound divergent perspectives between the three major regional powers may not succeed at the end of the day in preventing an all-out war over Idlib, but they are grave enough to deny Moscow carte blanche to do whatever it wants in Idlib on the pretext that the area has become a "nest of terrorists" and a "festering abscess". 

Erdogan may not succeed in averting a fullblown war over Idlib but he is surely going to stand in the way of Russian military offensives. Ankara is a major regional power and has a lot to lose if the province, which is so close to its border, becomes the scene of a major conflict, resulting in the killing of hundreds of thousands of civilians and the exodus of a million people to neighbouring countries, Turkey being at the top of the list.

Neither Russia nor Iran see the situation in the same light and appear determined to give Damascus full support to "conquer" the only remaining area of Syria still out of control, whatever the price is in terms of human life.

To his credit, Erdogan would emerge from this division of opinion with Putin and Rouhani on Idlib as the biggest winner.

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THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN EXPECTED WHEN SYRIA WAS MADE A BATTLE FIELD FOR PROXY WARS OF THE CENTURY. AS THIS BRUTAL WAR IS POISED TO END, THE WAR MONGERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE JOCKYING FOR THE SLICES OF A SOVEREIGN NATION. ON ONE HAND, SYRIA AND ITS ALLIES WANTS TO GET RID OF ALL ARMED GANGS FROM ITS TERRITORIES WHICH IS BY THE WAY WHAT ANY OTHER NATIONS ON EARTH WILL DO FROM EAST TO WEST. CAN YOU THINK OF ANY COUNTRY THAT WILL TOLORATE ITS TERRITORY TO BE DIVIDED AMONG GOOD AND BAD ARMED GANGS? CAN JORDAN ALLOW ANY CELL(S) OF BAD ACTORS NEVER MIND CONCEEDING A PART JORDAN TO ANY ARMED GANGS? CAN USA, UK, FRANCE, SAUDI, OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY ON EARTH ALLOW THIS? CAN NIGERIA ALLOW ANOTHER BIAFRA TO EXIST IN ANY PART OF NIGERIA SO THERE IS ONLY ONE EXCELLENT SOLUTION TO THIS THAT SHOULD BE FAIR TO ALL. HERE IS THE SOLUTION: SINCE THE SUPPORTERS OF THE IDLIB GROUP WANT TO SAVE LIFE OF THIS GROUP AND SYRIA WANTS ITS TERRITORY BACK, WHY NOT THE UN DISARM ALL THE REBELS AND POLICE THE AREA FOR A PERIOD OF TIME, ALLOW THOSE THAT WANT TO BE SYRIANS TO REMAIN IN THEIR COUNTRY. THOSE WHO DO NOT WANT TO BE SYRIANS CAN AND SHOULD BE WELCOMED BACK INTO THE COUNTRIES OF THEIR SUPPORTERS. FOR EXAMPLE, JORDAN WILL TAKE BACK THEIR CITIZENS IF ANY IN THIS POOL, SAUDI, EGYPT, UK, USA, TURKISH AND ALL OTHER COUNTRIES THAT HAVE ANY FORM OF INTEREST ARMS OR PERSONELS, PROVIDED WEAPONS, TO HARVEST THE SEEDS THAT THEY HAVE SOWN BACK AND LET SYRIA TO BE FOR SYRIANS AND THERE WILL BE NO MORE LOSS OF LIFE? THIS IDEA OF THE WORLD ORDER IN CHAOS WHERE EVERY GROUP CAN PICK AND CHOOSE WHERE AND WHOM TO CONQUER IS ABSOLUTELY INSANE. AS MUCH AS I DO NOT LIKE ASSAD DOES NOT MEAN THAT I CAN AND NEVER MIND SHOULD ASK A SOVERIGN COUNTRY TO ALLOW A COUNTRY WITHIN A COUNTRY. THIS IS AGAINST ALL THE UN CHARTERS, RULE OF LAWS AND IN FACT A CRAZY STRONG MAN'S MENTALITY. YES, LOTS OF CIVILIANS HAVE DIED IN SYRIA BUT NO WHERE CLOSE TO WHAT HAPPENED IN IRAQ SO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SHOULD STOP THIS PICK AND CHOOSE MENTALITY AND GIVE PEACE A CHANCE. DOES RUSSIA AND IRAN HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE IN SYRIA? THE ANSWER IS UNEQUIVOCALLY YES BECAUSE THEY WERE INVITED TO BE THERE BY A SOVEREIGN COUNTRY FOR ANY REASON(S) OF THEIR CHOICE LIKE ANY OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. WHERE HAS THE RULES OF LAW GONE IF IN FACT THERE IS ANY THING CALLED THE RULES OF LAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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