Moving forward in Syria, a caretaker government without President Assad is vital in order to resolve the structural differences between the sectarian groups; militant or otherwise. A political solution has always been first and foremost the preferred response as opposed military action; but ideological disparities must not prevent an unified secondary position.
There are many different roads to peace; clearly the long road in Syria has failed to produce the desired plan. The international community must not allow this horrible civil war to drag on for other five years, two or even one more year. It has to be brought to a grinding halt, one way or the other.
Syria is a fractured nation and can only be made whole through broad political consensus leadership which strikes a balance amongst the core of that leadership. The on-going talks, must view such practicality not as impossibility but an eventuality. The world is replete with major examples, including two world wars and countless other civil wars, where millions of people died, but for the sake of humanity such viciousness was terminated to bring about peace for generations.
What is so special about President Assad that the global community cannot find within itself another workable solution to end the barbaric killing of the Syrian people? There is no comfort in the truth, but let it free the Syrians- Assad will not end this war, Iran will not end it and certainly, even if President Putin of Russia wanted too, he cannot do it alone.
Are the European Union and its leaders comfortable with the thought in allowing a dictator to continue to destroy the future of Europe’s political and social cohesion? The EU leadership needs to abandon its soft answers to the harsh realities which are bearing only temporary results to Assad’s role in their migrant crisis. Assad must not and cannot be rewarded for his crimes against the Syrian population; his crimes against humanity cannot be shielded because of the involvement of Russia and Iran in the fight of the common enemy-ISIS.
Assad must be brought out of hiding from behind the legitimacy of the war against terrorism for his atrocities. ISIS is a problem, so too is Assad, the root cause of the problem. The notion that Syria would be left in a vacuum, if he departs is a fallacy. Isn’t Syria in the very same predicament, as in Yemen and Libya? Is there a better chance for unity and peace in Syria on his exit? Is Syria going to more divided or less into different sectarian provinces, as it is now? Is Assad’s removal guaranteeing the ending of the civil war between the groups? Is there going to be a formation and a commitment to real peace after he demits office? Would there be a unified Syria? Is his removal going to curtail the outflow of refugees?
No one knows the answer to these logical questions, but it is the right start in the right direction to bring justice to a man who has ordered the murder and destruction of his people- to allow him to continue in power based on an ad nauseum argument that Syria will fall into a stateless dysfunctional societal vacuum (like Libya and Yemen) is farcical. Repeating isn’t Syria in the same position as these countries today with Assad in power. Assuredly, it can only get better without Assad.
This cannot be the underlying rationale to facilitate, aid and abet a dictator to remain in power, it should be the reason to hasten his removal from power. Since it is his actions which has created the political turmoil and vacuum. To continue with this false premise that there is no one better than Assad is akin to saying it would have been better off to leave Hitler in charge because it would of created a political vacuum in Nazi Germany.