BEIRUT (AP) — An explosion targeting Syrian regime forces killed at least three people in northern Syria on Wednesday — and possibly up to 18 — amid rising violence ahead of a visit by the new U.N.-Arab League envoy who is trying to end the country’s civil war.
Diplomatic efforts have so far failed to halt the bloodshed in Syria, but the new international envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, will be in Syria on Thursday for talks with Foreign Minister Walid Moallem, according to ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Brahimi also will meet with President Bashar Assad during the trip to Damascus.
By BASSEM MROUEAssociated Press / September 12, 2012
Things are beginning to explode in Syria and the war between the Syrian government and the Syrian people seems to be only intensifying. There is no signs of things slowing down or the rebels making major gains in combating the Assad regime. This would appear then that the Syrians are in for a long, brutal, and bloody fight, the very thing I feared would be the case without a foreign intervention. I fear the casualties will rise above 50,000 in the coming months if nothing is done. I will continue to advocate for a United States led foreign intervention setting up a no fly zone and targeting key Syrian government compounds. The idea all the elites keep proposing of finding a political solution is dead and has been for many months now. Bashar al-Assad has killed any chances of a political solution. It is time for the United States to step in and end this genocide even if the entire world refuses to help.
The idea I keep hearing from diplomats that getting rid of the Assad regime will mean the United States will have to set up an interim government is frankly an over statement. Yes an interim government will have to be formed but the Syrian people are perfectly capable of doing that on their own. All we will have to do once the Assad regime falls or flees to exile is to help set up elections The Free Syrian Army can provide the bulk of the security. There is plenty of capable people within Syria and that were forced to flee that are capable of running that country until a permanent government, new constitution, and political parties can be formed. We should allow the Syrians to set up their own interim government by choosing their own candidates and electing their own President and not try to place one in power as many of Washington's elites have been suggesting. The Syrians will not accept nor should accept a foreign backed leader but should choose one on their own. Are job should simply be to end the genocide, followed by a humanitarian mission, and help set up elections nothing more. Let the Syrians choose the government and society they want. Thus this feet dragging while we try to plan for an interim government is not needed as the Syrians are perfectly capable of doing this on their own. Why must we always assume that non-Western countries are incapable of handling their own affairs and need us to hold their hands?
Lastly all the other many reasons for feet dragging are getting quite old to be perfectly frank as well. No matter what you do in the world there is always many reasons to be found of why not to do it. There is always excuses to be had but excuses do not do one thing moving things forward. Yes I would like an international consensus as well and to get everyone on board but this has been proven it is not going to happen. We have to go outside of the UN no matter the political consequences as Russia and China have brought the UN to a stalemate. If we do not, nothing will happen and the Syrian genocide and civil war will continue until The Syrian Government surrenders. If we are okay with tens of thousands more killed in a genocide and further destabilizing of Syria and the region then we should do nothing, but if we refuse to accept this, as we should refuse to accept it, then we must act. History will not fault us for trying to stand to end genocide but it will if we do nothing. Let us be on the right side of history and not come to regret that we did nothing. A.C.M.