Assad’s new plan rejected by rebels, US and UK as American troops arrive in Turkey
By Madison Ruppert
Editor of End the Lie
In Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s recent speech he continued to identify the rebels as terrorists, showed no interest in stepping down or dealing with the terrorists in the opposition, while also calling for national dialogue and a new constitution to face a public referendum.
Every single time Assad or others have attempted to offer any kind of solution or to engage in dialogue with the opposition, they have flatly refused. The rebels – which indeed are in many cases terrorists – even refused to engage in dialogue when it was called for by the joint United Nations-Arab League envoy to Syria in February of 2012.
The U.S. rejected this latest plan, just as they rejected the demands for written ceasefire guarantees from the armed rebels last year.
This latest speech came soon after U.S. troops reportedly arrived in Turkey to man NATO Patriot missile systems which are supposedly purely defensive and will not be used to support a no-fly zone.
While mainstream media outlets like CNN and others continue to pretend that Assad is somehow incorrect in stating that a solution to the ongoing and horrifically bloody crisis in Syria should “start with regional countries ending their support for ‘terrorists,’” the simple reality is that there are, indeed, terrorists in the opposition.
This fact has even been acknowledged in the mainstream media itself (see below video), although such facts are quickly pushed aside in favor of the dominant narrative.
Furthermore, with the rebels themselves releasing damning videos, major news outlets confirming that the CIA is arming the terrorists in Syria and the U.S. allowing donations for arms purchases by these same groups, it seems almost insane to continue to deny the truth of the matter.
Unsurprisingly, “opposition members have said they will not work directly with al-Assad’s ‘criminal’ government, nor will they accept any solution that doesn’t involve al-Assad’s departure,” according to CNN.
Yet Assad is showing absolutely no signs of even beginning to back down, evidenced by him calling for nationwide mobilization in a “war to defend the nation,” according to Reuters.
“We are now in a state of war in every sense of the word,” said Assad. “This war targets Syria using a handful of Syrians and many foreigners. Thus, this is a war to defend the nation.”
While it is not even remotely possible at this point to deny the powerful presence of terrorists amongst the opposition – so many that Israel has decided to build another security fence in fear of the Islamist rebels gaining power (confirmed by the Jerusalem Post) – it is also not possible to say that everyone in the opposition is a terrorist (although even Ambassador Robert Ford admitted they are growing in December of 2012 according to the Jerusalem Post) or that Assad is blameless in this situation.
Yet it seems that the number must be quite small since the mainstream media seems to highlight terrorists for personal profiles, as they recently did with a profile of a career bomb maker working with and being paid by the rebels.
The terrorists are clearly much more vocal and active, and it certainly doesn’t help that they are assisted by British, U.S., German and Turkish intelligence.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague rejected Assad’s speech, calling his plan “empty promises of reform [that] fool no one.”
The U.S State Department said Assad’s peace plan was “detached from reality” and “another attempt by the regime to cling to power,” according to the BBC.
“The appropriate response is to continue to resist this unacceptable regime and for the Free Syrian Army to continue its work in liberating Syria until every inch of land is free,” said George Sabra, the deputy present of the Syrian National Coalition, according to the Guardian.
Interestingly, in November, as the international community showed support for the Syrian National Coalition, a body of 13 Islamist rebel groups reportedly rejected the Coalition.
In other words, the FSA will continue its terrorist activity regardless of any attempts to engage in dialogue on the part of the government.
Others called it “a waste of time” and “empty rhetoric.” Walid al-Bunni, identified as “a veteran activist” told the Guardian, “The genuine opposition inside and outside Syria won’t accept the initiative,”
As the U.S. continues to say Assad must step down to allow transition, he is showing no willingness to do so. It remains to be seen what steps will be taken in an attempt to push Assad out of power as previous attempts in the United Nations and calls for a no-fly zone have both failed.
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