US’ Damascus message: Military intervention out of question
UNITED NATIONSReviewing what happened between us and Syria, and after monitoring our media, you come here and are astounded by what you hear and read. It is as if we are living on another planet and people here are living in a completely different one.
According to what is reported in our planet, Turkey is a puppet of the United States and acts according to orders coming from Washington. We can expect an armed clash to erupt along the border at any time.
When you look at the situation from here, nobody is mentioning an armed intervention for a solution to the Syrian issue anymore. Solving the issue with arms, more precisely the period of toppling of Bashar al-Assad through an external intervention, ended a long time ago.
Under Washington’s close monitoring of Ankara lies a concern that it does not mention very openly:
“Your prime minister from time to time gets so angry and so excited that even we here are afraid of Turkey’s military intervention,” said an American diplomat. “Actually we know very well that Turkey does not want an armed intervention. You have told this to us very clearly. However, on the other hand, it is again you who is pressuring us the most for al-Assad to leave as soon as possible. We also understand that, but a military intervention will bring disaster not only to you but to the entire region. Our fear is that a maneuver from al-Assad will receive such a reaction from [Prime Minister Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan that we will find ourselves all together in a war.”
What the diplomat I was talking to said was very clear.
Forget about Ankara following Washington’s orders: Washington is openly trying to calm Ankara down and is afraid that we will enter a war as a result of an accident. The reason for this is obvious: Washington does not, in the least bit, have any intention of intervening in Syria.
When you listen to the American public, you immediately understand the reason.
US tired of Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan
The American public is tired of international interventions. They do not want to have young soldiers coming home in coffins. The majority says, “It is not our war; why are we sending our children?”
The major failure in Iraq and the understanding that Afghanistan would be left unhappily have especially increased the fear that the same scenarios will occur in Syria. Especially while going through such a major economic crisis, nobody intends to have new major military spending.
Also, the Middle East is the biggest quagmire in the world for the White House. It is complete madness to re-enter this region. Moreover, this chaos will continue for a number of years.
What will happen then? How will this issue be solved?
Nobody assumes that Bashar al-Assad would leave soon. He will leave sooner or later but it is not known when and how.
I talked to the team of Kofi Annan, who quit the mediator role in the U.N. They are sure that neither war nor mediation would solve the problem. They believe that the only way out is through a U.S.-Russia agreement.
A diplomat working with Kofi Annan said, “Putin is not happy with what Bashar al-Assad does and he knows he has to go, but he does not know what will happen afterward and also he does not want Washington to interfere in every country’s internal affairs. Because of this he is waiting for al-Assad to breakdown on his own.” The same diplomat stressed that the issue is now in the hands of superpowers, as if to say, “There is nothing you Turks can do in this matter, Do not overestimate yourselves, the train has left.”