Kofi Annan: No Palliatives Please.

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By Ghassan Karam

Nothing, whether good or bad, takes place without a reason. Sometimes we might not like a particular explanation of the rationale and /or motivation for a particular act but that does not give us the right to construct an irrational explanation so that it will fit into our view of the world. This mistaken understanding of the raison d’être of a development is what leads often to a wrong diagnosis. Such faulty explanation, unfortunately, result most of the time in promoting and sponsoring policies that are at best geared to symptoms. That course of action is best described as a palliative to cover the illness instead of a treatment that aims to attack the root of the problem. The palliative policy is deceptive while the one aimed at the roots is curative.

Kofi Annan is an honest and very well respected figure worldwide but his policy, or at least what has been made public about his policy, as a peace envoy to Syria suffers from the above tendency to deal with peripheral matters instead of focusing on the real disease. If it is true that Mr. Annan is attempting to broker a resolution to the Syrian crisis by either protecting the current regime or making an effort to preserve it then his mission is bound to fail.

It is true that no one wants to see more bloodshed in Syria and more destruction of its cities and infrastructure. But it is equally true that no one should be interested in arranging for an ineffective settlement that would allow the Syrian wound to fester and become even more dangerous to its body politic. Mr. Annan must know that the basic rationale for the Syrian uprising is to establish a government elected by the people and respectful of the intrinsic rights of each citizen to freedom of expression and freedom to congregate. There is no reason to believe that Mr. Assad is the person to lead the transformation of the Syrian society. If he had any interest, as peripheral as it might be, in reform or in changing the Syrian regime from its path of a single party dominated by one family then he sure has done a wonderful job of concealing such beliefs until it became politically expedient to claim that he is a reformist. It is so clear that the efforts at reform under the pressure of a popular uprising are anything but genuine. There is no reason why those that are being killed by the hundreds, men women and children, each day as a result of a direct order of the Syrian president to the armed forces should trust either these forces or those that are issuing such orders. Paradoxically, the same army that has failed to fire even one shot to regain Syrian land has shown no restraint in using all its might against those that it is expected to protect, its civilian citizens.

There are many principles that argue convincingly against the retention of either Basher Assad or any of his entourage. Chief amongst these is the essential idea that Syria does not need an evolution that keeps the exploiters and tormentors in charge but it needs a new democratically elected leadership to deal with the humongous challenges that the country faces in all fields, economic, social and political. The former Secretary general of the UN must not be allowed to forget that uprisings are the natural response to oppression and that the Syrian people have been oppresses and abused by the same small circle of family members and their relatives for over forty years. Another crucial idea that Mr. Anna should not forget is that “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable” as stated by John Fitzgerald Kennedy. And obviously no one can ever afford not to be driven by the idea that rulers need always and forever the consent of the governed.

It is hoped that Kofi Annan can use his influence to stop the killing machine and to bring about a settlement based on the rule of law and transparent free elections. All Syrian factions must be given a free and equal access to the ballot box and an equally unencumbered right to run for any office. If Mr. Annan can accomplish this then the world and not only Syria will be grateful for his positive and meaningful accomplishments. Anything else will not do because it will be only a palliative.

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40 responses to “Kofi Annan: No Palliatives Please.”

  1. Prophettttt Avatar
    Prophettttt

    Ghassan,
    Mr. Annan’s mission, as comical as it looked, was defined as a “peace” mission. The question is; Since when the UN and its envoys have any real leverage in brokering any peace deal , in the absence of unified position ,or a consensus among powerful countries controlling the UN security council?
    It’s rather naive to believe that a UN envoy, as respected as Mr. Annan, would be able to find a political solution where by Assad gives up power, and Syrian opposition take over. Why would Assad listen to Mr. Annan? And, what political strength does Mr. Annan carry with him? Did anyone have an illusion that Assad is going to give in to a UN envoy, when The UN Security Council could not pass a resolution against his regime?
    Mr. Annan went to Syria to broker some kind of ceasefire arrangement between the regime and the opposition, in the aftermath of Homs battler which ended with a total destruction of part of the city, and a huge setback for the military opposition and the extremists, who were holding up in Baab Amr.
    The timing of the UN envoy mission is as, if not more important than the mission itself.
    To, Assad, It looked like the efforts of Mr. Annan was designed to save the military opposition from total defeat.
    Assad believes He is in a better position than He was a month ago, after Homs battle, and all of a sudden, Mr. Annan knocks on his door asking him to step down!
    The fact that the UN has sent a high profile official envoy, to meet with to Assad, it reasserted Assad’s legitimacy as a president of Syria, yet it is asking him to let his people have the opportunity to elect a legitimate leader. It does not add up.
    I hate to sound cynical, but Assad must have been laughing, and asking himself if this guy was kidding him.
    Militarization of this uprising has prolonged the life of this regime. For This revolution to succeed; it needs to be taken back by Syrian people, instead of the so called, external oppositions and their extremist supporters.
    If there is any hope, it is those demonstrations that are popping up in Damascus neighborhood lately.

    1. Ghassan Karam Avatar
      Ghassan Karam

      Prophettttt
                     Let us not forget that the UN is nothing more than a reflection of its membership. It has had its bad moments but at times it has been effective and instrumental in finding a way out of a problem.
                     In this case the UN had no choice but to send an envoy so that it would remain engaged , especially after Russia torpedoed the effort by the Security Council.
                     I am not as pessimistic though , as you might be because there is a chance that the Russian position would agree that Assad has to go , if for nothing else but all the baggage that the name implies.

      1. leobetapar Avatar
        leobetapar

        the only bagage for Russian it’s the whahabisme (devil made philosophie) do u think Putin forget they try to kill him sometime ago in Ukraine  or what is happening in the south of the fede?Putin joke of you and the big bag of shit hal saud make him laugh

      2. Prophettttt Avatar
        Prophettttt

        Ghassan,
        Do you suspect that Russians are seeking a solution where they would agree that Assad goes, but not the regime?In other word, “reform” the regime, but not topple it like Libya?

    2. leobetapar Avatar
      leobetapar

      c’mon there is not only the arab solution (killing rapping anf hanging ) in the world there is lot of possibility of an human solutions Koffe has lot of experience and Assad undoubtly want peace So just let him clear his country  a little bit of the salafiste scourge and we will go to democracy (~in those time the shaytan of Riyyad will have been allready hang)

  2. Prophettttt Avatar
    Prophettttt

    Ghassan,
    Mr Annan mission,as comical as it looked, was defined as a ” peace” mission.Since when the UN and its envoys have any real leverage in brokering any peace deal unless there is a consensus among powerful countries controlling the UN security council?
    It’s rather naive to believe that a UN envoy,as respected as Mr Annan,would be able to find a political solution where by Assad gives up power,and Syrian opposition take over.Why would Assad listen to Mr. Annan?And, What political  strength does Mr. Annan carry with him ? Did anyone have an illusion that Assad is going to give in  to a UN envoy, when The UN security council could not pass a resolution against his regime?
     Mr Annan went to Syria  to broker some kind of ceasefire arrangement between the regime and the opposition, in the aftermath of Homs battler which ended with  a total destruction of part of the city, and a huge set back for the military opposition and the extremists , who were holding up in Baab Amr.
    The timing of the UN envoy mission is as , if not more important  than the mission itself. 
    To, Assad, It looked like the efforts of Mr Annan was designed to save the military opposition from total defeat . Assad believes He is in a better position than He was  a month ago, after Homs battle,and all of a sudden,Mr. Annan knocks on his door asking him to step down!
     I hate to sound cynical, but Assad must have been  laughing ,and asking himself if this guy was kidding him.
     Militarization of this uprising has prolonged the life of this regime.This revolution , in order to succeed, need to be taken back by Syrian people, instead of the external oppositions and their extremist supporters.
    If there is any hope, It is those demonstration that are popping up in Damascus neighborhood lately.

    1. Prophettttt
                     Let us not forget that the UN is nothing more than a reflection of its membership. It has had its bad moments but at times it has been effective and instrumental in finding a way out of a problem.
                     In this case the UN had no choice but to send an envoy so that it would remain engaged , especially after Russia torpedoed the effort by the Security Council.
                     I am not as pessimistic though , as you might be because there is a chance that the Russian position would agree that Assad has to go , if for nothing else but all the baggage that the name implies.

      1. leobetapar Avatar
        leobetapar

        the only bagage for Russian it’s the whahabisme (devil made philosophie) do u think Putin forget they try to kill him sometime ago in Ukraine  or what is happening in the south of the fede?Putin joke of you and the big bag of shit hal saud make him laugh

      2. Prophettttt Avatar
        Prophettttt

         Ghassan,
        Do you suspect that Russia would agree that Assad goes, but not the regime?In other word, “reform” the regime, but not topple it like Libya?

    2. leobetapar Avatar
      leobetapar

      c’mon there is not only the arab solution (killing rapping anf hanging ) in the world there is lot of possibility of an human solutions Koffe has lot of experience and Assad undoubtly want peace So just let him clear his country  a little bit of the salafiste scourge and we will go to democracy (~in those time the shaytan of Riyyad will have been allready hang)

  3. wargame1 Avatar

    Many videos from the Free Syrian army attacking Assads Alawites extremist gang are appearing on the net. Assad Dynasty is a illegitimate authority in Syria. Now they are challenged after their 41 years rule under emergency law. Assad regime is the last communist entity in the Arab world. UN is trying to buy some more time for Assad ..hoping that he would survive. 

    His well equipped Army only thrives when they see woman children and elderly people. No one can save Assad. He will be humiliated and his supporters such as Russia, China , Lebanese lackey, Iran and Hezbollah cant prevent his downfall and asking for their downfall instead. Assad has no other choice but to adopt  “live and let die” policy. If he had any sympathy towards Syrian people apart from his Alawites then he would never bomb cities after cities in the name of hunting terrorist. 

    We have seen that these Shabbiha gang open fire on peaceful demonstration killing people. When the family go to burry the dead the Shabbiha snipers again shoot them too!! this is evil and well planned. The snipers of Assad are on the roof top aiming at any one on the street. This is pure evil. There is no doubt that the Persians are there to exhilarate the killing , its a win win situation for the Persian malignant regime.  The good news for the Syrians is that the Persians are coming out of their hole in the open to fight  because it is no longer possible to pull the string from a safe distance. Those happy days are over.

    1. Ghassan Karam Avatar
      Ghassan Karam

      wargame1
                    You are ruight, I believe that the Syrian Baath is on a sinking ship that cannot be salvaged but I do not think that the UN has an interest in helping Assad.

    2. leobetapar Avatar
      leobetapar

      the only malign and devil is you

      1. wargame1 Avatar

        Thank you for the compliment; I will be always doing what is necessary to expose the malignant regime of Persia.

  4. wargame1 Avatar

    Many videos from the Free Syrian army attacking Assads Alawites extremist gang are appearing on the net. Assad Dynasty is a illegitimate authority in Syria. Now they are challenged after their 41 years rule under emergency law. Assad regime is the last communist entity in the Arab world. UN is trying to buy some more time for Assad ..hoping that he would survive. 

    His well equipped Army only thrives when they see woman children and elderly people. No one can save Assad. He will be humiliated and his supporters such as Russia, China , Lebanese lackey, Iran and Hezbollah cant prevent his downfall and asking for their downfall instead. Assad has no other choice but to adopt  “live and let die” policy. If he had any sympathy towards Syrian people apart from his Alawites then he would never bomb cities after cities in the name of hunting terrorist. 

    We have seen that these Shabbiha gang open fire on peaceful demonstration killing people. When the family go to burry the dead the Shabbiha snipers again shoot them too!! this is evil and well planned. The snipers of Assad are on the roof top aiming at any one on the street. This is pure evil. There is no doubt that the Persians are there to exhilarate the killing , its a win win situation for the Persian malignant regime.  The good news for the Syrians is that the Persians are coming out of their hole in the open to fight  because it is no longer possible to pull the string from a safe distance. Those happy days are over.

    1. wargame1
                    You are ruight, I believe that the Syrian Baath is on a sinking ship that cannot be salvaged but I do not think that the UN has an interest in helping Assad.

    2. leobetapar Avatar
      leobetapar

      the only malign and devil is you

      1. wargame1 Avatar

        Thank you for the compliment; I will be always doing what is necessary to expose the malignant regime of Persia.

  5. leobetapar Avatar
    leobetapar

    there is only one problem in ~Syria  the dung salafistes armed by the bandits of quatar anf riyad as soon as they will be killed allthings will be allright

    1. antar2011 Avatar
      antar2011

      oh you meant Assad family aye?
      blind brianwashed idiot!

      1. leobetapar Avatar
        leobetapar

        no i meant the shit payed by the hole of ass ahl Saud and his little hole of ass hal thani

        1. antar2011 Avatar
          antar2011

          no matter how bad they are, they don’t even compare to the criminal savage rogue you and your likes support.
          i am disgusted replying to you.
          tfeeh

      2. leobetapar Avatar
        leobetapar

        ok they are you master those polytheiste shit i understand u love to sell your soul to the devil When you will burn with them in hell remenber me the criminal savage as you say

  6. leobetapar Avatar
    leobetapar

    there is only one problem in ~Syria  the dung salafistes armed by the bandits of quatar anf riyad as soon as they will be killed allthings will be allright

    1. antar2011 Avatar
      antar2011

      oh you meant Assad family aye?
      blind brianwashed idiot!

      1. leobetapar Avatar
        leobetapar

        no i meant the shit payed by the hole of ass ahl Saud and his little hole of ass hal thani

        1. antar2011 Avatar
          antar2011

          no matter how bad they are, they don’t even compare to the criminal savage rogue you and your likes support.
          i am disgusted replying to you.
          tfeeh

      2. leobetapar Avatar
        leobetapar

        ok they are you master those polytheiste shit i understand u love to sell your soul to the devil When you will burn with them in hell remenber me the criminal savage as you say

  7. Fauzia45 Avatar

    All missions will fail because the regime has refused to admit that there are people who want change and democracy and had planned and decided from the very beginning to ¨fight until the end ¨!

    1. Ghassan Karam Avatar
      Ghassan Karam

      Fauzia,
                Probably you are right but I hope that a deal can be brokered to save the Syrian people more pain and suffering. Can Asma be that heartless or is she powerless?

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        Those damn people wanting freedom have upset her tiny perfect life. How do you think she feels?
        Imelda Marcos would commiserate …

        1. antar2011 Avatar
          antar2011

          the old hag!

      2. MeYosemite Avatar
        MeYosemite

        She must have no say in the matter. A mother is wired genetically react to protect her children and flee. Perhaps a prisoner in her own palace.

  8. Fauzia45 Avatar

    All missions will fail because the regime has refused to admit that there are people who want change and democracy and had planned and decided from the very beginning to ¨fight until the end ¨!

    1. Fauzia,
                Probably you are right but I hope that a deal can be brokered to save the Syrian people more pain and suffering. Can Asma be that heartless or is she powerless?

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        Those damn people wanting freedom have upset her tiny perfect life. How do you think she feels?

        1. antar2011 Avatar
          antar2011

          the old hag!

      2. MeYosemite Avatar
        MeYosemite

        She must have no say in the matter. A mother is wired genetically react to protect her children and flee. Perhaps a prisoner in her own palace.

  9. antar2011 Avatar
    antar2011

    Ghassan
    you hit the nail on the head…only a democractically elected govt is the alternative…..not Al shar3 taking over after Assad…which i assume was Anan’s plan.

    the whole family and close figures need to be changed, not only Assad and his immediate family.

    while having a democraticaly elected govt set up, the Assad family should not be let off easily…anyone who has blood on his hands in this uprising should be made to stand for trial and punished accordingly…syrian blood is not cheap…nor should be another pple’s blood either.

    this is the only way for the future of syria….anything else falls very short from justice.

  10. antar2011 Avatar
    antar2011

    Ghassan
    you hit the nail on the head…only a democractically elected govt is the alternative…..not Al shar3 taking over after Assad…which i assume was Anan’s plan.

    the whole family and close figures need to be changed, not only Assad and his immediate family.

    while having a democraticaly elected govt set up, the Assad family should not be let off easily…anyone who has blood on his hands in this uprising should be made to stand for trial and punished accordingly…syrian blood is not cheap…nor should be another pple’s blood either.

    this is the only way for the future of syria….anything else falls very short from justice.

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