Damascus blast: Assad brother in law among dead

Damascus blast: Assad brother in law among dead
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The killing of Syrian Defense Minister Gen. Dawoud Rajiha in Damascus should give Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov the idea that Russia's policy on Syria is becoming a disaster that Russia will come to regret dearly. Lavrov's stated bravado "The Syrian rebels cannot defeat the Syrian Army" sounds quite loony now, as the Syrian rebels can bomb the Syrian Defense Ministry in Damascus!

There is no doubt the U.S. and its Arab allies are determined to break the Russian, Syrian and Iranian axis of power, and install a pro-U.S. Sunni puppet regime in Syria. Russia had a chance to ease Assad out with a soft internal coup, and have replaced him with other acceptable pro-Russian Syrian leaders. But it opted to bet everything on the leadership of the nerdy, inept, and hereditary Bashar Assad. It is just mind-boggling!

I hope Vladimir Putin wakes up now and realizes that the Russian Foreign Ministry needs a complete makeover - not just "Yes" men lamenting about "U.S. blackmail!" Russia has boxed itself into Assad's Pandora's Box, and its policy in Syria will share Assad's fate! That is a colossal mistake for Russia!

The U.S., however, shouldn't pop-up the champagne yet! The Syrian rebels are various groups with their own agendas. I see another civil war in Syria similar to the Algerian civil war of 1992-1996 following Assad's demise! Nikos Retsos, retired professor

Nikos Retsos (not verified) Wed, 07/18/2012 - 14:25

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