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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

File this away: State Department says in the current situation Assad not a partner for peace

Well, it certainly took them long enough to get it, but in response to a reporter's question, a State Department official said on Tuesday that in the current situation, Bashar al-Assad is not a partner for peace.
Jake Sullivan, director of Policy Planning for the department, said during a special State Department briefing Tuesday in answer to a reporter's question that it is difficult to consider pursuing diplomatic initiatives with Assad when he is attacking anti-government demonstrators in his own country.

Since the early days of the Obama administration, the United States had been urging Israel to seek a comprehensive peace with its neighbors, including Syria and Lebanon.

"On the peace process side, it is, of course, the case that over the course of the past two years, there have been a number of challenges that have arisen and obstacles that have arisen with respect to Israeli-Palestinian peace and with respect to peace on other tracks as well," Sullivan said. "And the current situation in Syria is one that - certainly, it is hard for us to see - it’s hard for us to stand by and see Assad and his government engaged in this kind of campaign against their own people and to then think easily about how to pursue the other diplomatic initiatives with him."
Well, what the heck does that mean? Does it mean that if a month from now, Assad has killed enough people to put down the uprising and stops shooting, he will once again become a 'partner for peace'?

And by the way, when will the State Department figure out that the 'good terrorists' from Fatah and the 'bad terrorists' from Hamas would both do the same thing if they felt it were necessary to retain their rule?

What could go wrong?

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