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US must show courage of decisiveness for partition of Syria

By Editorial Desk
03rd-Oct-2016       
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As Russia backed Syrian government forces are making a major onslaught to capture the rebel held eastern part of Aleppo to bring a decisive turning in the war, Russia warned the United States on Saturday against carrying out any attacks on Syrian government forces threatening repercussions across the Middle East. The warning came at a time when the government forces captured a hill on the edge of the city under Russian air cover and trying to hold it from rebels' attack.

The warning came when US led coalition war planes are bombing areas held by Islamic State Group across the Euphrates River in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, away from Aleppo city.

The Economist, the international weekly highlighted in its current issue :

As America has pulled back others have stepped in geo-political vacuum. Islamic State has taken over most of Shi-ites land in Syria and Iraq. A new generation of jihadists has emerged as inspired to fight Syria or attack the West.

The conclusion the Economist made is Putin will keep gambling for advantage for as long as he thinks the West is unwilling. 
 
Meanwhile, Russian air strikes on Aleppo destroyed the remaining hospital in the rebel-held neighbourhood on Saturday denying any opportunity to treat the wounded from rain like bombing on rebel held areas from Russian air planes. Russian news agencies quoted Foreign Ministry spokeswoman on Saturday as saying that any US intervention against the Syrian army "will lead to terrible, tectonic consequences not only on the territory of this country but also in the region on the whole."

The spokesperson said regime change in Syria would create a vacuum that would be "quickly filled" by "terrorists of all stripes." It appears that Russia and its allies like Iran and other ultra-nationalist Shi-ite forces in the region, which wanted to preserve the oppressive Bashar al-Assad regime in power, are attempting to quickly end the Syria war, as they fear that the next US President may change the Syria policy that may challenge their monopoly in the ground. Most senior foreign policy experts in the US are opposed to President Barrack Obama's policy of militarily non-intervention in the ground.

The Russian warning came as a leaked recorded talks of US  Secretary of State John Kerry with a Syrian Group in the sideline of UN session as CNN reported on Saturday made the disclosure that he had failed to win support of the administration to militarily intervene in Syria to stop Bashar al-Assad's forces and Russian war planes from killing the civilians in the ground.

It appears that Bashar al-Assad, his Russian and Iranian allies want the Syria without Syrian for their strategic victory in the region denying the hopes and aspirations of its people for a system of government that people will elect to replace Assad's family dictatorship of past 40 years. To remain in power Assad has sold his country to the Russian and it appears that Iran is collaborating to create the region free from Sunni population.

It sounds ironic as Russia warned the USA of dire consequences to suggest America's super power position is in danger to itself if it is not willing to use power when vital human rights and strategic issues are at risk.

US-Russian tensions over Syria have escalated since the breakdown of a cease-fire last month, with each side blaming the other for its failure. Meanwhile, Syrian government forces backed by Russian warplanes have launched the major onslaught on rebel-held parts of Aleppo as the powerful ultra-conservative Ahrar al-Sham militant group regained control on Saturday of several positions they lost in Aleppo's eastern neighbourhood.

A doctor at the hospital that Russian bombing destroyed on Saturday said thousands of people were treated in the compound in the past. "A real catastrophe will hit medical institutions in Aleppo if the direct shelling continues to target hospitals and clinics," said the doctor whose name was not given.

When as a super power and champion of human rights, the USA shows weakness to use its power against worst violator of human rights it means the death of the US's greatness. Not just stopping of bombing, the time has come for decisive action on the part of President Obama if he is concerned about his legacy of a weak President as against Putin. As a powerful President he should go decisively using military power against Assad if it even means dividing Syria for a solution. 

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