Peace in Syria – is it Possible?

Dozens of people are killed every day in Syria, and of the millions forced from their homes the death rate is appallingly high.   Peace talks are currently underway in Davos, Switzerland, and the negotiations among international politicians have been useless.  These peace talks, Geneva II, have been planned for a year-and-a-half, and it took three days for the negotiators to even sit in the same room together, for a very short time with a neutral speaker.  Then they exited by separate doors.  Substantial peace discussions have not and may not take place.  As the killing in Syria continues, the lives of refugees disregarded and discarded, the stability of neighboring countries rocked, and many global political so-called peacemakers taking sides, it points to the ugly conclusion that peace is a political farce.  It attests that life is not more precious than politics and power. 

 Syria’s President Bashar Assad, by some reports, grows more violent.  Al-Quaeda fighters against Assad are amassing.  Israel’s Debkafile reported a “disclosure” with the “inference” that “Israel is ready to embark on cross-border military action” against Syria.  Iran, a leading ally of Syria, was invited to the peace talks, and then uninvited.  The U.S. is in favor of those opposing Assad, and is adamant for Syria to have a “transitional governing body” but no plan was formulated.  Saudi Arabia, who supplies arms to the Syrian opposition, wants the U.S. to “take the lead pushing through a U.N. resolution authorizing armed international intervention in Syria,” reported the Al-Manar News.  Russia has protested against President Assad stepping down, and supplies arms to the Syrian party. 

 There’s likely no way to know how many have truly been killed in the Syrian civil war; one published figure was 130,000.  A recent 20-day death toll estimate was 1,400.  Those who have fled from Syria have been estimated between 2.5 and 9 million. 

 U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi has made almost no, if any progress.  No rhetoric leading to peace has been reported.  There is seemingly no fear of conflict or desire for peace, only a gang war mentality.  There is no wonder that the talks have been useless.

 The Syrian opposition stated the whole purpose of the peace talks was for Assad to relinquish power.  Meanwhile they reshuffled their ranks.  Assad has clearly and repeatedly asserted that he will not step down from power.  In a Jan. 23, 2014 interview with Agence Free Presse, Assad said, “some of the groups, which might attend the conference, didn’t exist until very recently; in fact they were created during the crisis by foreign intelligence agencies whether in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United States or other countries.” . . . “So, is it logical that France should be a part of the Syrian solution?  Or Qatar, or America, or Saudi Arabia, or Turkey?  This doesn’t make any sense.”

 So, human life means nothing, absolutely nothing, in the values of politics and power.  So, no, it doesn’t seem possible that there will be peace in Syria.   

 Joan Brown ~ contributor