Saturday, March 10, 2012
Syrian rebels reject Kofi Annan's call for a ceasefire
The Irish Times reports:
THE CHAIRMAN of the Syrian National Council, the western- backed group of exiled opponents of the Damascus regime, yesterday rejected a call by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan for the Syrian crisis to be resolved peacefully through dialogue......
By adopting a combative line, the council clearly seeks to torpedo Mr Annan’s effort before he arrives in Damascus. He has rejected both “militarisation” by arming rebels and foreign military intervention.
So there you have it. If the rebels were really concerned with a more democratic Syria, they would not only be agreeing to a ceasefire, they’d be getting organised to take part in the Syrian elections. But of course, as I explained on RT here, a genuinely democratic Syria is the very last thing many of the rebels- and their western sponsors - want.
As to what is motivating the west, CENTCOM chief Gen. James Mattis let the cat out of the bag when he said that the ousting of President Assad would be the "the biggest strategic setback for Iran in 25 years."
The west and its Middle East allies are keen to topple Assad not for ‘humanitarian’ reasons, but because ‘regime change’ in Damascus is essential before an attack on Iran is launched. That’s why it’s the neocons- the people most keen for war with Iran, who are also pushing for military action to be taken against Syria.