It is, therefore, rather odd to see that the Western states tend to favor one side of the other in the Syrian crisis, or to allow the very parties involved to lead them along by the nose. We occasionally hear Western leaders threatening to take military action against Damascus, before they have even begun to make any serious assessment of the feasibility of imposing a peace agreement there.
The model closest to what is happening in Syria is Iraq in the post-Saddam era or, to a lesser degree, post-Gadhafi Libya. In both these cases, Western forces intervened to overthrow an Arab leader and left a trail of chaos in their wake. Of course, none of them took responsibility for the shattered society they left behind. One can only wonder how such affluent, free, and liberal states could be swept up so easily in support of one side in such complex conflicts and encourage the violent overthrow of regimes, when it is so obvious that the steepest price will eventually be paid by the civilian population. In the war of annihilation it is waging against Damascus, Riyadh is doing quite a good job exploiting the naiveté of most of the world’s nations and the difficulty that these countries have interpreting any map that depicts the balance of power and conflicting interests in the Syrian crisis.
UN emissary Lakhdar Brahimi is right. So is Hassan Nasrallah. Both men and many others, as well, are calling for a diplomatic resolution to the Syrian conflict. Such a solution is vital, not to ensure Assad’s personal well-being, but to rescue the Syrian people and their neighbors, to ease the volatile tensions between Turkey and the Kurds, to bring stability to Lebanon, to spare Israel from a serious problem on the Golan Heights, to avoid a flood of refugees infiltrating Jordan and Iraq, and, by extension, to prevent the campaign from spilling over into those two countries. More than anything, however, a diplomatic solution is good for the Syrian people themselves. It can save them from the veritable massacre which has been imposed upon them, and which has turned them into the biggest victims of this tragedy.
The solution to this crisis does not lie solely with Damascus and Tehran. In fact, it lies mainly with Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Nevertheless, it is doubtful whether any nation, even the United States, can force its will on the world’s number one petroleum producer, which holds the global economy in a death grip. The Saudis and Qataris believe that they have a chance to win in this bitter battle, and the price they are paying for starting this fight isn’t too steep, at least for now. As long as the situation remains the same, they have no interest in restoring stability to Syria.
(Art: Wissam Al-Jazary)
I’ve been trying to avoid publishing lately, as everything that came to my hands was mostly Syria, Egypt and more Syria. I got a whole list full of links and subjects to talk about… most of them far from the Syria conflict… but every time I think abt posting it’s like:
“…c’mon Tono… how can you talk about this if you see that if something must be said it’s about what’s happening THERE… and maybe in Iraq (next scenario, if Lebanon does not go first)…”
So most of times I end up reading and reading instead of posting. I got really many subjects to talk about… West Sahara… Arab Christians (nowadays’ Mossarabs) … historical almost unknown happenings in the times of Old Al-Andalus…social issues in the arab world…
But reality and all its blood makes me turn my eyes again to the Mediteranean Levant… and is red dawns.
Today had to happen again. Hope you can excuse me for this if it made you all feel tired of this blog.
Wish me strength to force myself to show you all a different reality without feeling like an insentitive naive hipster…