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    Brahimi: US, Russia to Work on 'Creative' Solution to Syria Crisis

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures as she gives a speech Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland.Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures as she gives a speech Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland.
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    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures as she gives a speech Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland.
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures as she gives a speech Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland.
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    United Nations peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says the United States and Russia agree on the need to find a "creative solution" to bring Syria back from what he calls the brink.
     
    Brahimi held three-way talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a human rights meeting in Dublin Thursday. 
     
    Brahimi said there were no sensational decisions during their brief talks. But all agree that the situation in Syria is bad.
     
    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday that intelligence shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may be considering using chemical weapons as rebel successes in the civil war put more and more pressure on his government. 
     
    The White House has warned  Assad that using chemical gas against his own people would be a "red line" for the United States and bring serious consequences. 
     
    Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Maqdad has told Lebanese television that is Syria had chemical weapons, it would not use them against the Syrian people. He said the West is using threat of chemical weapons as an excuse to intervene.
     
    "If Syria had chemical weapons, these weapons would definitely not be used against the people of Syria. We have strong fear of the existence of a conspiracy to use the weapons; by the United States and some European states, which might have supplied such weapons to terrorist organisations in Syria, in order to claim later that Syria is the one that used these weapons," he said. 

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    by: Nikos Retsos from: Chicago
    December 07, 2012 8:31 AM
    U.S. and Russia to work on creative solution to Syrian crisis? It seems to me that Mr. Brahimi believes that someone can finally "fit a square peg in a round hole!" The square peg is the U.S. decision to install a Sunni anti-Iranian regime in Damascus that will cut off any relations with Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas - all Shite and all staunch anti-American and anti-Israeli parties. The round hole is Russia, which has determined to stay with Assad, save its only Middle East ally, and retain its only naval base in the Mediterranean! But the U.S. won't settle for any Assad role in any solution in Syria, while the Russians won't settle for any solution that will deprive them access to their Syrian naval base to supply and maintain their Mediterranean fleet!


    Russia has realized by now that Assad and his Alawites cronies have become perishable goods, and it just tries desperately to have a say in the re-stocking of the post-Assad regime.

    It won't happen. The Syrian Rebels will determine what regime will take over after Assad, and Russia is in their crosshairs - no matter if they are U.S. supported rebels or Islamists! Nikos Retsos, retired professor

    by: JKF from: Ottawa, Canada
    December 06, 2012 10:03 PM
    It is very hard to understand as to why? Mr. W. Putin, a man with a very capable mind; a man that does not run on voodka; a man that is mentally and physically fit... is hanging around with Assad and his band of destroyers of Syria and its people.
    Assad and his cronies are in their last weeks/months? Assad does not care if he ends up as Gaddafi, but he should care about his: wife, she was directly involved in the propaganda machine; his children; his extended family; his ethnic/religeous group; his followers, that sustained him, but did not see what he was up to, like the many working at various embassies, etc. If he does not work out a deal with the UN, before he departs, all the forementioned associates stand to be in a terrible position. Look what happened in Libya, after the "Col" was caught in the ditch/culvert like a rat...Look what happened to the "Col's" associates/families... and comparatively speaking, they murdered a very small fraction of people; what has occured in Syria is by all accounts, even if we only believe half of what we hear, a massive number of deaths of civilians and the pictures show unbelievable level of destruction; clearly with such destruction, massive civilian deaths can be expected.
    Many of Assad's senior associates have seen the light and are rapidly bailing out, or cutting deals under the table with the various opposition groups. None of them/including their extended families, will want to face the anger of the people of Syria. Given the massive damage to people and Syria there will be no end to extraditions of Assad's associates/cronies to face justice, if they are lucky. I hope Assad sees the light, and works a deal with the UN, for the sake of his associates/families, but maybe he does not even care about his own family?... Terribly sad situation!
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    by: Anonymous
    December 07, 2012 5:03 AM
    He doesn't care, and he will likely end up just like Ghadaffi. I actually hope he does. 90% of the deaths in Syria were caused by the Syrian Army and Iranians. Assad deserves to hang from the tallest flagpole in Damascas for a couple weeks. This would show the world the consequences of killing 40,000+ people.

    by: Anonymous
    December 06, 2012 9:52 PM
    It's easy!!! World leaders just make it impossible to happen.
    All they need to do is both hold hands and yell at Assad to get lost! Get out of the country that he is destroying and killing all of the people... That's right GET LOST! Or face the consequences.

    Simple as 123. Unless of course Russia enjoys Assad killing all the people. Which wouldn't suprise me in the slightest, they are just as bad.

    by: EJCorey from: Boston
    December 06, 2012 9:49 AM
    With extremist nutcases now in power in Egypt, Libya,,,,, thanks to Obama and Hillary Clinton's short-sighted "foreign policy"..... who'd want to listen to the US, anyway? "Discussing Syria" is just an attempt by the Obama administration to cover up its blunders.
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    by: SH from: TX
    December 06, 2012 3:55 PM
    The end of al-Assad is an irrevocable blow to Iran. If the Israeli government would stop allowing settling of the West Bank maybe the Arabs, Jews and Persians living under their leaders foolishness could have a chance to live in peace.

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