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A change of heart for the NATO nations? Or a change of tactics?
“United Nations Security Council has called on the Syrian government and rebel groups to accept a four-day truce proposal. “
“ In a statement adopted unanimously on October 24, the 15-nation council called on all sides to work toward a “sustainable cessation of all violence.”
A unanimous adoption of acceptance of this four day cease fire? Unheard of previously. When the Syrians and the Russian/Chinese would push for this on other occasions the NATO countries would encourage the rebels to continue fighting. A curious motion, indeed. Is it all for show?
If this is a legit “change of heart”? Or perhaps a change of tactics?
However this news should be characterized....
Could the lack of cohesion amongst the opposition be the impetus?
Syrian oppositionists must recognize that the lack of decisive international action is not only the result of Russia and China vetoing any meaningful action in the Security Council, or NATO countries’ unwillingness to enter into another war in the region. In fact, the international community is waiting for Syria’s disorganized opposition to transform itself into a coherent, effective force as much as the opposition is waiting for the international community.
The Syrian opposition has so far failed to present itself as a unified actor.
Attempts to enlarge the SNC have been unsuccessful, owing to reservations expressed by some important groups, such as the Democratic Forum, about joining an organization that relies on foreign sponsors.
Is the so called opposition such a sham, so fully infiltrated and influenced by foreign interests, that it cannot organize or present itself as relevant to Syria the nation and ordinary Syrians?
Speaking of a change of heart or tactics? Has Turkey been swayed by the winds of change?
Turkey is turning to regional powers Iran and Russia, backers of the Damascus regime, to help it deal with Syria's bloody civil war that has spilled across its border with deadly shelling and a flood of refugees, analysts say.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave the first signs last week that Ankara may be shifting the way it approaches the 19-month conflict after holding what local media called a “surprise meeting” with Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad in Baku.
Ankara has proposed to Iran establishing a set of trilateral mechanisms involving key regional players to face the Syrian crisis raging at their doorsteps.
“This (trilateral) mechanism might involve Turkey, Egypt and Iran,” Erdogan said. “A second mechanism could involve Turkey, Russia, Iran. A third could be made up of Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.”
“This represents a significant shift in position by Ankara,” Semih Idiz wrote in the English-language Hurriyet Daily News
US pushing for regime change in Lebanon.
Who benefited from the bombing last week?? Not Syria. Not Lebanon.
U.S. Backs Call for New Lebanon Government
U-Turn Comes as Officials See Hope for a Transition That Could Weaken Hezbollah and Its Backers in Syria and IranBut then, appearances can be deceiving-
—The Obama administration for the first time backed the Lebanese opposition's call for a new government to be formed in Beirut, following Friday's killing of a high-ranking Lebanese intelligence official.
The State Department's announcement Tuesday marked a shift by the U.S. and the West, which initially appeared to support Prime Minister Najib Mikati, who came to power last year with the backing of militant Lebanese political party Hezbollah.
Looks as if Syria will accept the proposal for ceasefire
The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has indicated to Russia that it will accept U.N.-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi's proposal for a Muslim holiday ceasefire in Syria, Moscow's U.N. envoy said on Wednesday.Why is it that “militants from Gaza” start firing rockets at the same time as the US and Israel are holding joint exercises?
"We have had indications that they (Syria's government) are accepting the proposal of Mr. Brahimi," Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters after a closed-door meeting of the 15-nation Security Council during which Brahimi briefed council members via video link from Egypt.
Brahimi told council members that a final announcement Of a ceasefire with rebels was expected Thursday. Churkin seemed to confirm remarks Brahimi made earlier on Wednesday in Cairo, when he said the government had indicated its acceptance of the proposed truce.
Obviously the US has supplied their mercs with arms!
-Russia claims the “rebels” have US made Stingers
Russia’s chief military officer says Syrian rebels have acquired portable air defense missiles, including U.S.-made Stinger missiles.
A Syrian rebel told the AP in Turkey that the insurgents obtained dozens of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, but would not say who provided them.
The US replies with “‘We did not supply them to the rebels”
Of course the US didn’t SUPPLY them. They had the GCC nations and Turkey supply the weapons, after the US shipped them overseas, to the rebels. The the the CIA agents and special ops oversaw the distribution of weapons at the borders of Turkey and Jordan.
Does anyone take the US claim seriously?