Michael Weiss, Daily Beast: Will the U.S.-Russia Deal Bring Syria Peace? Don’t Hold Your Breath
There’s little trust among the diplomats in Geneva, in fact, and far, far less among the fighters on the ground.
In the late summer of 2011, President Barack Obama declared the reign of Bashar al-Assad “illegitimate” and told him the time had come to “step aside.” In the early fall of 2015, U.S. officials laughingly dismissed Vladimir Putin’s unexpected direct military intervention into Syria as an accident waiting to happen at Russia’s expense.
Today, Secretary of State John Kerry formally legitimized Assad’s military by way of delimiting its zone of combat; and he welcomed the Russian Air Force as a prospective U.S. partner prosecuting an increasingly complex and muddled war against the so-called Islamic State and al-Qaeda, two separate and competitive terrorist organizations in Syria. Significantly, the latter group often intermingles with U.S.-backed insurgents.
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WNU Editor: There is no trust .... and when there is no trust there is no foundation to build a lasting peace upon. I give this deal one month .... maybe two .... before it falls apart.