UN Envoy: Syria Faces 'Hell' Without Deal
Lakhdar Brahimi warns of dire consequences if solution isn't reached soon
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2012 6:25 AM CST
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and UN envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, center, shake hands as they meet in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.   (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

(Newser) – UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is warning that a political solution must be reached in the Syrian crisis, lest the nation ravaged by a 21-month-old civil war tumble "into more and more chaos and perhaps a failed state." Speaking in Moscow where he's negotiating, Brahimi said the world must "help the Syrians stop their descent into more and more bloodshed," adding that "if the only alternative is really hell or a political process, then all of us must work ceaselessly for a political process." Russia, meanwhile, showed little sign of softening, reports Reuters, calling Syrian rebels' demand that Bashar al-Assad step aside "counterproductive" and a "dead end."

The posturing comes as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that regime troops' shelling in Damascus killed at least 32 civilians, including 11 children and two women, reports the AFP. Elsewhere, the AP adds that Syrian rebels have captured a key oil pumping station in the country's northern province of Raqqa.

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AlexanderArgentina
Dec 31, 2012 7:08 AM CST
Veiled Reporting aka Terror Inc. Next time you hear a western news outlet dole out a report on the situation in Syria, yea for that matter any western based news forwarded your way, you may want to inquire why does this seemingly jibe with what is concisely presented by way of truly independent writers, let alone what seems to be just as consistent public opinion from outside of that restive region. If you need a measure of verifiable veracity merely glance at the various commentaries surrounding this piece and thereafter arrive to your verdict. For though they try and try the west's media message is simply not resonating Here's a recent excellent example... After an erstwhile interviewer dealt with the possibility someone somewhere is supposedly mulling a way to resolve the crisis by installing President Assad from within a caretaker role like unto the queen of England, this feasibility was immediately discounted in the mind of one irrelevant analyst in how comparatively the queen hasn't murdered 45,000 people. But after weighing it, my internals couldn't resist posing the question - so how many people has Elizabeth killed? These inveterate individuals in the press must surely presume a whole lot of folks have only just begun watching this soap opera play out, however as a daily viewer I make it my business from time to time to relate some juicy, intriguing details to those newbies who have only tuned into the most recent episodes and so as they say here's a slice of what you may have missed. In spite of a slew of mixed messages from the media in the early days (and hence after the fact) when a majority chose to ineffectively relate - "Surely everyone wants Bashar al-Assad to go," following a UN vote geared towards intervention which saw a dual Chinese-Russia veto, an on hand Syrian-American contingent were soon seen dancing and singing and applauding in the streets outside of the general assembly. Now why on earth would this gathered group all agree to throw an impromptu block party? Did they miss all the press coverage about how god awful this President Assad character is/was? Well the more things change - the more they stay the same, because based on a recent report this is/was not accurate... Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon, Ghazanfar Roknabadi relates: Based on opinion polls the majority of Syrian people want reforms under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad. In a statement following his meeting with Head of Change and Reform block, MP Michel Aoun on Friday, the Iranian ambassador said ''We tend to follow public demands and those of the Syrian people, and we believe that the Syrian people inside represent Syria…" Further, in an insightful tidbit about what's really going on, the ambassador made infinitely clear... "As estimated by all reports, 95 per cent of the gunmen in Syria have come from abroad.'' And now yet another time warp moment... Many may recall how an effort was made to reveal the emails President Assad and his wife (whom this western press also felt compelled to demonize because she's really attractive) sent and received to whosoever and wheresoever. What was the point of this reporting? No matter, because even afterwards there was still no overwhelming groundswell of support generated on behalf of these "so-called rebels" who by that time had thrown several people off of rooftops to make their own vivid news headlines. Here's a little food for thought in passing... Is it just me or is it strange that no serious effort has been made by any western press organization to interview members of the Syrian government as often as they do these "so-called rebels". How do you spell p-r-o-p-a-g-a-n-d-a? But the unbiased press will probably, more than likely respond it's just coincidence they can set up interviews with rebels so frequently. Anyway, we return to our program already in progress... Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Bogdanov on Saturday stressed that all the debates Russia is conducting regarding the crisis in Syria are based on the Geneva Statement, asserting that Syrians are the only ones who determine the future of their country. In an interview with Russia Today Channel on Saturday, Bogdanov said "We discussed with our partners different thoughts to solve the crisis in Syria and all of them are on the basis of Geneva Statement," He dismissed as "untrue" the existence of any US-Russian plan conveyed by UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi. With that said you are up to speed and now a personal message to the western world's media - get a clue. Just because a covetous segment of the population in Syria saw events that took place in another country did not mean they would receive the same result. Or as the singing group The Dramatics made clear in song - whatcha see is whatcha get. While that is probably way over your heads, I sincerely believe to a man what follows is well understood and within the grasp of your collective comprehensive levels of reporting... In a reset - damn the power of the press - the people of Syria do not want these opposition figures who have subtly announced via Lakhdar Brahimi their intentions to kill 100,000 over the next 12 months if they are not installed as the legitimate heads of state. Undoubtedly that relayed message serves as a heads up imperative which shall hopefully result a turnabout is fair play dilemma for those would be murderers, when specifically the people of Syria in league with their chosen government get their dander up as together they intone appropriately I get by with a little help from my friends. So as you terror inc. associates ring out the old... Happy new year and let the rebel death knell begin. Syrian Arab Army News will cover all the action for you.
right2dave
Dec 30, 2012 4:52 PM CST
Assad has had Saddam's WMD for years. He will use them if he has to.
GeorgeL
Dec 30, 2012 11:38 AM CST
The ones that are facing true hell are Syria's leaders. Bashir can join Muammar, Saddam and Usama there.