[Marxism] US, UK threaten to withdraw speeches, empty promises, ready-meals if Syrian opposition does not attend Geneva!

mkaradjis . mkaradjis at gmail.com
Tue Jan 14 17:14:33 MST 2014

No, this isn't satire!  As the article explains, "Britain and the US
have threatened to withdraw support from the Syrian rebels unless they
attend forthcoming peace talks," which presumably means ALL support -
the occasional suportive speech (unlike most of them which say they
are 90% as bad as the jihadists), the ongoing empty promises which
never come to fruition, the ready meals, the tents, the old radios,
the night goggles, which has been supplied to the FSA to help fight
the regime's MiG warplanes, the helicopter gunships, the long-range
missiles, the barrel bombs, napalm, starvation sieges etc! How will
they be able to resist such blackmail?

'You need to go to Geneva': Opposition source reveals threat made by
Britain and US over Syria peace talks

The two Western powers could withdraw support from the rebels unless they attend

Kim Sengupta

Monday 13 January 2014

official revealed that there were divisions among the international
backers of the opposition. While London and Washington issue
ultimatums, France, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have pledged solidarity
whether or not the regime's opponents attend the negotiations
scheduled for next week in Geneva.

Britain and the US have threatened to withdraw support from the Syrian
rebels unless they attend forthcoming peace talks, a senior member of
the opposition to Bashar al-Assad's regime has claimed.

“The US and UK are telling us 'you need to go to Geneva'. France is
asking us to go but saying 'we are with you whatever your decision
is': that is the same as the Saudi and Turkish stance”, said the
official during a visit to London.

“The US and UK are making it very clear they will not continue to
support us the way they are doing now, and that we will lose
credibility with the international community if we do not go.”

The French have stated they will continue to supply aid and equipment,
but not weaponry, he added. The Saudis are providing arms to the
Supreme Military Council (SMC), the military arm of the main
opposition group, the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), while other
countries are arming extreme Islamist groups. “The problem is that not
all the suppliers are on the same page”, he said.

The US and UK suspended the sending of ‘non-lethal’ military items to
the opposition after a number of border crossings from Turkey fell
into the hands of Islamist groups and the supplies were stolen.
William Hague told the Commons that Britain is reconsidering the ban.
However, he rejected a call by a cross-party group of MPs, including
recently departed Middle East minister Alistair Burt, to provide
weapons for the rebels.

The foreign secretary also announced that a warship, HMS Montrose,
will join a convoy transporting the first consignment of weapons from
President Assad's chemical arsenal and stated the UK would assist the
US to “neutralise” the most dangerous material.

The disillusionment of the opposition with the West reached its height
when the West failed to take military action against the regime after
the crossing of Barack Obama's 'red-line' with the chemical attack on
Ghouta, near Damascus.

Mr Hague insisted that the only way ahead was a diplomatic solution
and the Geneva talks were imperative and “it was vital for both the
regime and the opposition to attend. We will do everything possible
with other nations to help it succeed.”

The opposition will formally decide whether it attends Geneva on
Friday. It remains divided over the talks with some holding that the
US and Britain are pushing it to turn up while confidence building
measures asked from the regime prior to the talks have been ignored.

The official pointed out that a humanitarian corridor to provide aid
to swathes of the population trapped by the fighting and facing
extreme hardship is yet to materialise as are mooted release of female
prisoners. President Assad's forces, meanwhile, have stepped up
attacks, including air strikes, on civilian areas.

Asked whether attending the Geneva talks would lead to further
fracturing of the opposition with possible resignations from those
opposed to the process, the official acknowledged that was a
possibility, before adding: “We have always had resignations, it is
the Syrian way.”

The Assad regime, the survival of which has depended on the Kremlin's
support, openly questioned the credibility of the meeting, casting
doubts on whether any of the objectives could be achieved. It said in
a statement that decisions in Paris were “closer to illusions than
reality and taken by people who are detached from reality and
extremely far from any acceptable political logic.”

There were also doubts about localised ceasefires. A number of rebel
factions, including the FSA, are currently involved in battles with
Isis (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) an extension of al-Qa'ida,
in rebel held Aleppo and Idlib provinces. Territories being won from
Isis are currently passing into the hands of the Islamic Front, a
group which does not recognise the SNC and may not accept any deal it
agrees to with the regime in Paris via the Americans and the Russians.

Syria terror arrests in Britain

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences relating
to activities in Syria, police said tonight.

West Midlands Police said the pair, both aged 21 and from Birmingham,
were detained at Heathrow Airport today after arriving back in the UK
on a flight from Turkey. Detectives believe the men travelled to Syria
last May

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