Monday, March 13, 2017
President Bashar al Assad's Interview with Chinese Media
Readers of the previous post below will note that there was an engaging discussion in the "comments" about the merits of this latest interview by embattled Syrian President Dr. Bashar al Assad. Reader James graciously provided a link to the video (above) and transcript:
And the transcript can be read here-President al-Assad to Chinese Phoenix TV
My take on this interview is that the experienced, world statesmen politicians Assad and Putin, as tightly knit as ever....are playing "good cop", "bad cop" with the new guy on the block...US President Donald Trump.
As has been noted elsewhere. Russian and US generals met two weeks or more ago and apparently came to some détente as to what their soldiers were going to do in Syria...the US having determined to send some soldiers into the country to fulfil an election "promise" made by Trump to tackle ISIS.
Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia General Valery Gerasimov (left)
and Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford (right)
in Baku, Azerbaijan, 16 February 2017
It would appear, to this observer at least, that Assad and Putin decided to "under-react" to the "too many cooks" American "invasion" of Syria...for a multitude of reasons, as you can imagine, not the least of which is to prevent an Armageddon. The Russians are treating this very impulsive act with kid gloves...in other words, are being the "good cops"...going along and "mentoring" the newbie, as it were. Meanwhile, Russia from the air and Syria from the ground are making slow and steady progress eradicating ISIS and the other proxy militants from Syria by themselves.
Assad, on the other hand is the "bad cop"...reading the "riot act" in this interview. He states categorically that the Americans and the Turks are "invaders". This alerts the Syrian citizens not to aid or abet them in any way. It was Assad's constitutional duty to state the obvious to his people and to the world. He is a stickler (as is Putin) for the constitution and the rule of International Law.
Putin is treating the Yanks the same way he treated the Turks...hoping to de-escalate and negotiate them away from shooting up the main streets of Syria...in the meantime, Assad is alerting the international community and public opinion that the "invaders" are at it again. China and Russia recently blocked Western sanctions against Syria at the UN. China may attend the next peace negotiations scheduled for March 20th in Astana. Assad, during the interview VERY significantly called China a "loyal ally" and said Chinese corporations were being "invited in" to Syria to begin the rebuilding process. Hmmmmm...perhaps Assad will invite the Chinese military in...like he invited Russia in. Now that would certainly be interesting. I have not touched on the Turkish situation with the Kurds...which is a whole other area of concern. All I can say is...I hope Erdogan has not forgotten (again) what side his bread is buttered on.
I am sure geopolitical observers will be watching this very combustible situation closely in the days and weeks to come.
Map of the Biblical Armageddon