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The real issue in Syria

Jul 01,2017 - Last updated at Jul 01,2017

French President Emmanuel Macron fears turning the Syrian conflict into a copy of Libya’s, and therefore decided not to make the removal of Syrian President Bashar Assad from power a priority.

At closer look, though, this reasoning is flawed for the simple reason that the Syrian conflict is already worse than the one in Libya, and has been this way for years.

It is also flawed because it ignores the fact that the chain of events that led to the current quagmire in Syria were initiated by Damascus and can be traced to the violent repression of the Syrian demonstrators in Daraa, in early 2013, which eventually turned into an all out civil war in which outsiders got involved.

The crux of the crisis in Syria remains the unfortunate and shortsighted policies of Damascus, which did not yield to logic and give way, even gradually, to real democratic reforms in the country where thousands of prisoners are languishing in horrible conditions and the war machine has killed more civilians than terrorists.

The French president comes from a proud nation that was founded on liberty and knows very well the value of freedom and self-determination, for which the Syrian people “revolted” in 2013, long before the outsiders joined the battle, only to be brutally crushed.

This is now history as the Syrian civil war is entering its seventh year with no end in sight, except that it has become even more complex as additional actors came at the scene.

In the final analysis, the real issue is not whether Assad himself remains in power or not, it is the introduction of real democracy, freeing the thousands of prisoners from jails, stopping summary executions, ending torture and ill treatment, and, above all, giving the Syrian people the possibility to express themselves.

 

Had Macron added all these basic requirements for saving Syria from becoming another Libya, he would have been on a sounder track.

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This has been in the planning long before Daraa from which I have heard a different account than what your writer has put in his op-ed.
There was the "Bernard Lewis Plan" - "as the blueprint for the deliberate destruction of Syria" from 1979 Bilderburg conference
And there was the "Oded Yinon plan" from the 1980's - balkanization of the surrounding Arab [and non-Arab] nations into smaller and weaker states so as to not be a threat to their 'security' on stolen land

I HATE TO DIAGREE WITH MR WALID M. SADI BECAUSE HIS ACCOUNT OF THE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDERS OF EVENTS DOES NOT ADD UP NEVER MIND THE FACT THAT VIOLENT REPRESSION IS THE DEMOCRATIC MODELS OF THAT REGION AND SO MR ASSAD IS NOT AN EXCEEPTION TO THE RULES OF THE GAME. YES, MR ASSAD USED IRN FIRST TO CRUSH THE REBELION BUT THIS REBELION WAS BACKED, SUPPORTED AND ARMED BY THE SAME GROUPS THAT TURNED LIBYA INTO CCHAOS AND A LOST STATE. I DO HAVE ONE SIMPLE QUESTION TO ASK MR SADI, WHAT IF PRESIDENT ASSAD HAD FALLEN, WHO WILL GAIN ANYTHING?. LOOK AT IRAQ, SYRIA, AND OTHERS AND TELL ME IF AND HOW JORDAN CAN SURVIVE NEVER MIND BENNEFIT FROM IT. THANK GOD THAT WE HAVE THE KING WHO IS A VISIONERY AND PRAGMATIC OTHERWISE ONLY GOD KNOWS WHERE WE WILL BE TODAY. THE YOUNG FRENCH PRESIDENT IS CORRECT AND HIS DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT MATHCHES AND HE IS THE ONLY LEADER THESE DAYS WITH COMMON SENSE. LET US PRAISE HIM AND NOT TO BEND STATISTICAL ANALYSIS BY USING UNCOVENTIONAL STATISTICAL FUNCTIONS.

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