posted on Jun, 7 2012 @ 03:42 PM
I don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion at this stage that the majority of Syrians don’t want the [Bashar] Assad government to stay in power. I
think it’s much more complicated than that, In fact the evidence of a national uprising against Assad is relatively limited.
We are seeing sporadic outbreaks with a lot of localized brutality, but that is not the same thing as a cross-country civil war.
On Moscow’s firm and consistent opposition to the Western countries' stance on Syria I think Russians have a stake in larger cooperation with us,
but not on terms dictated by us. That’s a very significant difference.
If we act simply on the basis of emotion and sort of vague threats that the Russians have to be forced to be good boys, we are going to produce a
region-wide outbreak in which the issues within Syria will become linked with a conflict between the Saudis and the Shiites, Iraq will become
destabilized, Iran will be involved.
We’re going to have a major international problem in our hands with political and economic consequences that are very serious.
7-6-2012 by AlchemicalMonocular because: (no reason given)