Assad won’t be making “a single concession” to rebels at Syrian peace talks

posted at 1:21 pm on January 25, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

You probably heard that the United States and Russia have been working together to try to bring Syria and the rebels currently trying to overthrow their dictator to the table. Talks are scheduled to begin this week, but as of the eleventh hour there were still questions remaining as to who exactly was going to represent the rebel side of the equation. (Reuters)

Syrian peace talks meant to begin this week were stalled on Monday partly over the question of who would represent the opponents of President Bashar al-Assad.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he expected clarity within a day or two, and expressed support for the United Nations envoy who has the tricky task of issuing invitations for the first talks in two years to end the 5-year-old civil war.

I guess they couldn’t get hold of the five guys we trained to fight over there. So we’ve got several different groups fighting in the streets, many of whom probably aren’t even from Syria, and they’re mixed in with a bunch of jihadists. Out of that mix, two foreign nations are going to attempt to settle on a couple of them to represent the whole insurgency. Sound easy enough, right?

But even if they do manage to agree on a couple of fighters for a free trip to Europe and finger sandwiches with John Kerry, it sounds like there isn’t going to be much actual “negotiating” going on, at least on the Syrian government’s side of things. President Bashar al-Assad is willing to go, but claims he has no intention of putting anything on the table. (Daily Caller)

A Syrian official said in state media Sunday that President Bashar al-Assad will not be making any concessions to rebel groups in upcoming peace talks.

These peace talks, located in Geneva, are supposed to begin Monday but may be delayed over disagreement about which parties belong at the table and which do not, The Associated Press reports…

Assad isn’t feeling pressure to come to the table, but has said that he will. But according to Mohamad Alloush, negotiator for the rebel opposition, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is applying some serious pressure to the rebel side to drop some of its demands.

Making an attempt at peace instead of war is almost always worth the effort, but this case may wind up being the exception that proves the rule. What precisely are we hoping to accomplish here and, perhaps more to the point, who is going to enforce the provisions of any agreement which might be reached? The various rebel groups really seem to have only one significant demand and that’s for Assad to be gone, preferably a head shorter when he leaves town. For his part, Assad has no plans on leaving “unless he is voted out of office” and he essentially owns the election process, so that’s not going to happen. And now we find out that even if there were some other areas where the rebels would like to make progress, he’s not going to listen to those requests either. That’s not to mention the fact that he’s got Putin on his side and the Russians have a base in his country now, so why would he leave or worry about compromise?

And none of this addresses the issue of ISIS. They’re the real power out in the streets at the moment and nobody wants them at the table. (Not that they’d come even if they were invited, except possibly with a couple of suicide vests strapped on.) I suppose having the rebels come to peace with the government in Damascus would lower the temperature a bit and make it harder for ISIS to operate, but they seem to be so entrenched in other parts of the nation right now that they may just ignore Assad’s home turf anyway.

If John Kerry manages to pull anything meaningful off here I’m ready and willing to tip my hat to him and offer a big round of applause for doing the seemingly impossible. But I’m not holding my breath at this point.

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Why not… it worked for the Iranians!

Neitherleftorright on January 25, 2016 at 1:24 PM

O/T

doesnt assad look like a skinny ted cruz?

I wonder if assad is really a closet cuban/canadian too?


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Garyinaz66 on January 25, 2016 at 1:26 PM

What precisely are we hoping to accomplish here and, perhaps more to the point, who is going to enforce the provisions of any agreement which might be reached?

I have no idea what to do about the former Syria and Iraq region, aside from making sure none of the Muslims come here. The Christians, I’ll take. Let them fight until they are sick of fighting.

rbj on January 25, 2016 at 1:27 PM

Assad won’t be making “a single concession” to rebels at Syrian peace talks

“Finally, someone I can deal with!”

-Obama

libfreesMom on January 25, 2016 at 1:27 PM

Assad won’t be making “a single concession” to rebels at Syrian peace talks

Taking a page from the Obama Book on Negotiations I see…

Note to Assad…the Rebels aren’t GOPe-ers, they actually fight back.

Rogue on January 25, 2016 at 1:28 PM

Assad won’t be making “a single concession” to rebels at Syrian peace talks

The American public does not give a crap, nor should they. Our political system, and twenty-four hour, omnipresent agenda-driven news coverage makes it utterly impossible for this nation to maintain the presence required to overtly effect political change beyond our own borders.

M240H on January 25, 2016 at 1:31 PM

He has killed more ISIS than Obama and Putin combined. He is the last secular dictator.

HugoDrax on January 25, 2016 at 1:31 PM

…Kurds about to get scroood again…

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 25, 2016 at 1:33 PM

doesnt assad look like a skinny ted cruz?

I wonder if assad is really a closet cuban/canadian too?

Garyinaz66 on January 25, 2016 at 1:26 PM

Your fixation on peoples ethnicity really is “strange”.

libfreesMom on January 25, 2016 at 1:35 PM

Any leader of a muslim nation has to be prepared to make the streets run red with their blood whenever it’s necessary.

ConstantineXI on January 25, 2016 at 1:35 PM

If John Kerry manages to pull anything meaningful off here I’m ready and willing to tip my hat to him and offer a big round of applause for doing the seemingly impossible. But I’m not holding my breath at this point.

…James Taylor to sing about new US/Russia/Syria Climate change agreement in 3…2…1…

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 25, 2016 at 1:36 PM

Not my problem nor the American people’s.

The only thing that should be discussed is why certain politicians want to allow refugees here from the Middle East.

celt on January 25, 2016 at 1:38 PM

Assad won’t be making “a single concession” to rebels at Syrian peace talks

Because he’s not going. The Russians have his back. Did people not see this?

TheMadHessian on January 25, 2016 at 1:40 PM

Maybe as a starting point to get talks rolling, they could ask President For Life Assad to choose between either chlorine or mustard gas when he’s, um, pacifying his people. Both chlorine and mustard gas have their strong points when it comes to lethality, to be sure, and I know it’ll be a tough decision, but I’m equally sure it’ll set just the correct tone for the whole discussion.

troyriser_gopftw on January 25, 2016 at 1:43 PM

Your fixation on peoples ethnicity really is “strange”.

libfreesMom on January 25, 2016 at 1:35 PM

actually this focus was on foreigners, but go ahead and imply im a “racist”

its all you cruzers have

Garyinaz66 on January 25, 2016 at 1:47 PM

Assad figures that he has nothing to worry about.

As JS said, he’s not going to be voted out of office.

He’s faced down the U.S. and NATO several times, and shown the U.S. President for the feckless “resident” he is, one who would rather make war on his domestic “enemies”.

He has Russia and Turkey in his corner, which I don’t believe has ever happened before in world history, due to the two countries’ traditional hatred for each other.

And the rebels are generally too busy fighting each other, massacring Christians, etc., to be a serious problem for him. (Defined as “requiring him catching a plane to Bermuda with the numbers of his Swiss bank accounts in his pocket”.)

My guess is Assad will still be there after The One is out of office.

As for this “agreement”, Lurch will proclaim it a victory if Assad rides him out of town on a rail.

“Hey, at least he didn’t kill me”.

clear ether

eon

eon on January 25, 2016 at 1:54 PM

Making an attempt at peace instead of war is almost always worth the effort, but this case may wind up being the exception that proves the rule.

Not it is not. This administration is for appeasement at all cost so Obama can build his legacy on averting yet another war in the Middle East. He averted a war with Iran already don’t you know. There was never going to be a war with Iran that was his red herring talking point on why he made that ridiculous “deal” with them, but it will be a center piece of his presidential library in Chicago.

Sincerely trying for peace instead of War is a noble cause, but obama is not sincere, it is all about him and his legacy.

Johnnyreb on January 25, 2016 at 1:58 PM

doesnt assad look like a skinny ted cruz?

Garyinaz66 on January 25, 2016 at 1:26 PM

Dude, you’re worse than our resident libtards. Give it a break.

Trump supporters like you actually push undecided voters away.

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on January 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM

What precisely are we hoping to accomplish here

And there’s the problem with our current crop of politicians: all ideology and no vision. No vision in Iraq. No vision in Libya. No vision here in America. No vision anywhere.

Magicjava on January 25, 2016 at 2:01 PM

Sincerely trying for peace instead of War is a noble cause, but obama is not sincere, it is all about him and his legacy.

Johnnyreb on January 25, 2016 at 1:58 PM

Most succinct summary I’ve read lately on the rationale driving Obama’s foreign policy decisions.

troyriser_gopftw on January 25, 2016 at 2:02 PM

actually this focus was on foreigners, but go ahead and imply im a “racist”

its all you cruzers have

Garyinaz66 on January 25, 2016 at 1:47 PM

Your hatred of Cruz has to be thrown into a post about Assad? Do you see Cruz in reflective objects as well?

Fixation.

libfreesMom on January 25, 2016 at 2:08 PM

Trump supporters like you actually push undecided voters away.

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on January 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM

blah blah blah.

I dont give a ratsazz about your or your imaginary “undecided voters” delicate sensibilities.

if their are undecided voters whos decisions hinge upon a strangers post on an obscure webpage, they probably shouldnt be voting anyway.

Garyinaz66 on January 25, 2016 at 2:11 PM

He has Russia and Turkey in his corner,

eon on January 25, 2016 at 1:54 PM

nope.

Putin asks Assad to step down.

everdiso on January 25, 2016 at 2:13 PM

its all you cruzers have

Garyinaz66 on January 25, 2016 at 1:47 PM

I’m not a cruzer but your off-topic posts make you look like an idiot.

gh on January 25, 2016 at 2:14 PM

nope.

Putin asks Assad to step down.

everdiso on January 25, 2016 at 2:13 PM

The Financial Times reports that a Russian dead guy told Asad to step down?

Sounds legit.

Magicjava on January 25, 2016 at 2:17 PM

Assad’s forces recently took back two cities near Latakia from the rebels. As long as the Russians stand by him, he doesn’t have to negotiate.

moebius22 on January 25, 2016 at 2:21 PM

Magicjava on January 25, 2016 at 2:17 PM

Sorry. I don’t get it. Had to go back and check what it linked to. Inside joke?

gh on January 25, 2016 at 2:22 PM

President Bashar al-Assad will not be making any concessions to rebel groups in upcoming peace talks.

Maybe Trump could shoot him?

Marcola on January 25, 2016 at 2:39 PM

Sieg Heil” said Assad to no one in particular.

ExpressoBold on January 25, 2016 at 2:56 PM

Garyinaz66 on January 25, 2016 at 1:26 PM

Trumpbot

Neitherleftorright on January 25, 2016 at 2:56 PM

… Had to go back and check what it linked to. Inside joke?

gh on January 25, 2016 at 2:22 PM

.
It’s in the first couple of paragraphs of that link from FT. Guy died January 3, 2016.

ExpressoBold on January 25, 2016 at 3:04 PM

Garyinaz66 on January 25, 2016 at 1:26 PM

SPAM

libfreesMom on January 25, 2016 at 3:51 PM

He’ll give the rebels two options – unconditional surrender, or poison gas.

Ward Cleaver on January 25, 2016 at 4:15 PM

“If John Kerry manages to pull anything meaningful off here I’m ready and willing to tip my hat to him and offer a big round of applause for doing the seemingly impossible. But I’m not holding my breath at this point.”

Im sure Lurch will pull it off and Tialoc will go full Tower of Power.

avi natan on January 25, 2016 at 4:47 PM

Kerry called all of these unknowns together in order to play a game of cornhole. All the Muzzies yelled, “I’m in!”

vnvet on January 25, 2016 at 4:52 PM

“Assad is a reformer”. Hillary Clinton

Krupnikas on January 26, 2016 at 9:50 AM