Syria VP: No One Can Win This War
Fighting approaches central Damascus
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 17, 2012 7:23 AM CST
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a damaged area is seen after a car bomb explosion in Qatana, 15 miles southwest of Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012.   (AP Photo/SANA)

(Newser) – With fighting rattling Damascus, a leading voice in Syria says Bashar al-Assad can't win the war. But neither side will see a victory, says Farouk al-Sharaa, who has kept a low profile in the conflict and isn't involved in running the government's efforts. Sharaa's comments came in an interview with a pro-Assad newspaper, al-Akhbar. He says the only solution is a "historic settlement" forming a national unity government, with help from neighboring countries and the UN. "Change is inevitable."

"We should be in a position defending the existence of Syria. We are not in a battle for an individual or a regime," Sharaa said. Government insiders say he has long opposed the government's military action. Meanwhile, central Damascus—which had been relatively quiet in the conflict—is hearing shelling as the military and fighters set up checkpoints. Residents say a Palestinian district has been told to evacuate, pointing to a coming government offensive, Reuters reports. It was reportedly shelled by regime jets yesterday. For their part, rebels say they're planning to take the central Hama province. "Then we will have the area between Aleppo and Hama liberated and open for us," says a spokesman.

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Dec 18, 2012 1:46 PM CST
If the rebels do not win & extremist take over, then the US wins there way. Syria will be labeld an terrorist state & drone bombed until they get tired, we do it to an qusi ally & tell them to either get htere stuff together or we will continue. We will do the same anywhere, so would Russia (tried to keep him in power along with China) - Does anyone believe the russian navy shoed up for no reason? I think not, China (China does it themselves & says so what!?) & Iran (lebanon).
Dec 17, 2012 2:42 PM CST
good ol abu sharaa be right big time!
Dec 17, 2012 12:00 PM CST
The Obama administration has supported this violent attempt to overthrow Assad from day one of the Syrian protests, and has secretly supplied weapons to the insurgents through Qatar. --- Once violence is used to overthrow a government, those who oppose the new government will use violence to overthrow them too. --- Obama and his Team of morons, idiots, and imbeciles, don't seem to realize that like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt, Somalia, Gaza, and now Syria, this CIA triggered violence will never end. -------- REALLY