31 Dec '12, 10am

#SYRIA: No Surrender/Negotiation = No Peace #PUTIN BACKING PEACE DEAL TO KEEP BAATH PARTY (REGIME) ACTIVE; #FSA SAY NO!

December 31, 2012: Syrian diplomats, backed by their Russian counterparts, are trying to generate some interest in a peace deal that keeps the Baath Party active in Syria. Backers of this proposal warn that the alternative is over 100,000 dead in 2013 and a Syria that turns into Somalia, with the country divided into a dozen or more fiefdoms run by warlords. The rebels reply that the Assads and the Baath Party are done in Syria and that negotiations are already underway between tribal and rebel faction leaders over what shape a post-war government will take. The rebels, and many outside observers, see the Assad government as losing ground and combat power daily. More and more Assad supporters have fled to Damascus and western Syria (the sea coast area where Alawites are the majority). Those in Damascus feel they are doomed, as the airport increasingly comes under rebel fir...

Full article: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/syria/articles/20121231.aspx

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