With Russia and China on one side, US and European nations on the other side, a full-blown Civil war has erupted in Syria with the ruling Bashar-Al-Assad govt on one side entering into an all out fight against forces loyal to the rebels, the Free Syrian Army resulting in the loss of lives of about 30,000 which include the forces loyal to the Syrian govt, forces loyal to the rebels and a number of civilians. Still, both sides are not willing to arrive at a solution to put an end to the genocide and the civil war is likely to last a long period., former UN Secretary General, as UN-Arab envoy though entered the scene with a six point formula to find a lasting solution to the ongoing bloodshed conceded his defeat and quit his post as mediator and in his place a reputed trouble shooter Lakhdar Brahmi has been chosen as the next mediator between two warring factions. No word is being heard from him so far, perhaps he might be on the look-out for an acceptable formula to the satisfaction of both sides. Whether he too might go the way of Kofi Annan without succeeding in his efforts to broker a peace agreement, it is premature to predict the outcome.
Now that France has come to the fore with the plan of supplying arms to the rebels and artillery support. Russia too has come to the fore which is an all weather ally of Syria with a warning that, actually what is essential at a critical situation like this is to find ways for a home grown solution without a regime change.
Vladimir Putin, Russian President is of the opinion that US and European forces rushing to the help of rebel forces will only help to aggravate the situation in Syria. His warning that the dreaded terrorist outfit Al-Qaeda’s fighters have already infiltrated to Syria to fight along with the rebel forces against the Assad govt that too with the covert support of US and European nations will contribute to the devastation of the already war-torn Syria. There is substance in his statement as in the event of Assad being dethroned with the active participation of the dreaded terrorist outfit, the consequences will be far beyond the imagination of even the rebel forces who fight for a regime change now. Once Al-Qaeda gaining the upper hand, the rebel forces of Syria will have to repent later. Putin must be recalling the involvement of Al-Qaeda elements under Osama Bin Laden who was generously provided with financial as well as logistical support to fight along with the Taliban elements to force the erstwhile Soviet Union out of Afghanistan in 1989. The same Al-Qaeda and its undisputed leader Osama later evolved into a ‘frankenstein monster’ with it turning against its former supporter US later, which was believed to have involved in the demolition of World Trade Centre the memory of which is still a nightmare to the Americans. That major terror attack was first of its kind against US which always boasts about being the undisputed Super Power of the world.
Mr.Putin while making his stand clear sarcastically advised the US to unlock the Guantanamo jail and force the Al-Qaeda elements to turn against Dr.Assad’s govt. America’s penchant for aligning with any force however dreaded it may be to protect its self-interest is infamous. Later the same forces are likely to turn against America - the hand that feeds these militants might be bitten by the latter itself, later - here it is America itself about which America must be knowing better. Still in its effort to settle scores with a prominent rival like Russia, US has no hesitation to ally with such elements whenever such a situation warrants. Here the prominent rival is not Syria but Russia which is considered as its traditional rival. Vladimir Putin here never forgets to make a statement with a sense of black humour, in the event of US unlocking Guantanamo and despatch the inmates who are supposed to be Al-Qaeda elements to fight against Syria govt, these freed elements might end up in another jail without delay.
Sometimes we feel, at present what is actually going on is an indirect fight between US and European nations jointly against Russia and China treating Syrian imbroglio as a pretext.
Free Syrian Army who had successfully captured Alleppo, the Financial Capital of Syria was later recaptured by the govt forces through a determined fight back lasting for days resulting in the loss of lives of almost five hundred. The rebel forces are now camping in Al-Rifast about 50 miles away from Alleppo. Now that with an intention to enable the rebel forces to consolidate its hold over captured areas, France has come to the fore with the offer of supplying arms to the rebels and if necessary artillery support.
Now that like in Libya, United Nations is poised to remain a mute spectator with both sides poised to proceed along with plans to settle scores with Syria remaining as a pretext. The whole world now looks forward to what positive role the new UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahmi could play in the coming days to find a permanent solution to the persisting problem which is haunting Syria for the last seventeen months and more.