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Gina
06-07-2012, 02:49 PM
Link (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2012/06/07/bloomberg_articlesM57ROW6S972801-M58P8.DTL)

June 7 (Bloomberg) -- Russia is seeking to enlist Iran in a bid to engineer a political transition in Syria, a move that drew a hostile U.S. reaction even as the Obama administration asks for more pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The Russian move comes on the heels of reports on al Jazeera television, citing activists, of new massacres by Assad's forces. The reports said at least 140 Syrians were killed, some of them women and children, including 78 in Hama. Syria's state-run SANA news agency said the reports were "baseless" and that terrorists killed nine women and children outside of the city. Assad's father, the late President Hafez al-Assad, ordered the city leveled in February 1982 to crush a Sunni Muslim uprising, killing at least 10,000 people
The possibility of recruiting Iran, one of Assad's main backers, to assist in efforts to end the violence and ease him out of power was floated as Kofi Annan, the architect of a failed United Nations April truce, prepared to address the UN today about ways to revive his peace plan or pursue next steps.

The entry of Syria's biggest backer, Shiite Muslim Iran, to a struggle that now pits a Sunni-led uprising against Assad's Alawite minority would alienate the U.S. and Sunni Arab powers that are calling for more sweeping economic sanctions.

It's "a little hard to imagine inviting a country that is stage-managing the Assad regime's assault on its people," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday in Baku, Azerbaijan.
I feel the same way about Kofi Annon as I do about Jimmy Carter. GO AWAY

AmPat
06-07-2012, 03:06 PM
Russia Seeks to Enlist Iran in Ushering Out Syria's Assad

What could possibly go wrong here? I mean, it worked so well in Lebanon, Gaza, parts of Iraq,,,,,,,,,,,,,:rolleyes:

noonwitch
06-07-2012, 04:54 PM
Hillary's comment was spot-on, though. She was my first choice in 2008.

Odysseus
06-07-2012, 05:56 PM
Hillary's comment was spot-on, though. She was my first choice in 2008.

Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Putin will not do anything to push out Assad. He sees the Muslim Brotherhood and other Sunni Salafists as the architects of the Chechnya jihad against Russia, and will not permit them to come to power if he can prevent it. Since they are the sole alternative to Assad, Russia will not permit Assad and the Alawites to be removed. However, even Russia is starting to feel the pinch of being isolated on its support for Assad, so Putin is making the necessary noises to satisfy the deep thinkers at the NY Times and the State Department.