Middle East

May 21, 2013

Hope for peace in Syria fades as Russia backs away

Fighting has escalated in Syria, and Russia has started to arm pro-Assad forces. A peaceful end to the civil war is looking less and less likely.

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

There was a moment of hope, a week ago, that there could yet be a negotiated resolution to the Syrian civil war. That hope now appears ended, with key Syrian government ally Russia backing away from what could have been international agreement on the need end the war.

Instead, the Syrian war is increasingly spilling across borders, with the Lebanese-based Hezbollah militia openly siding with the Syrian government by joining in the attack on the town of Qusair, Syria shelling the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and Jordan in particular buckling under the weight of more than 400,000 refugees.

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3 thoughts on “Hope for peace in Syria fades as Russia backs away

  1. Limited News

    The Australian Govt clearly isn’t yet sufficiently scared of refugees. They could speak out against the creation of a whole new refugee flow from Syria. But even so they dare not call out NATO on their sponsorship of the foreign forces aligned to Al Qaeda laying waste to Syria.

    Maybe they could organise a refugee swap in advance with the terrorism sponsors – starting with the US, UK, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey.

  2. j.oneill

    There are other reasons why the prospects for peace in Syria may be fading. These include, but are not limited to, the expressed intention by both the French and British governments to increase the flow of arms to the people Dr Assad rightly calls terrorists.

    Another reason is the illegal attacks by the Israeli Air Force on Syrian territory, and the recent news that Israeli special forces are also operating in Syria. Why is Dr Kingsbury so reluctant to deal with the elephant in the room, namely, continuing Israeli aggression.

    About six years ago Seymour Hersh pointed out in an article in the New Yorker, entitled The Redirection, just what the US and its Israeli ally had in mind for the Middle East. The truth of that article is being played out on a daily basis. I don’t expect the mainstream media to discuss these issues, but one expects more of Crikey.

  3. AR

    The conflict would stop tomorrow if Qatar, Saudi & Bahrain stopped funding the jihadists & ex muhjadeen (Salafist & Wahabi) – which they would, instantly if the Hegemon were inclined to so order.
    Reminds me of its support for the Khmer Rouge regime purely to punish Vietnam – this is intended to put Iran off balance.

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