THE Syrians, Syria or the country’s infrastructure can ill-afford political negotiations because the destiny of the nation is written in the blood of innocent people — people who have witnessed unprecedented migration in the history of mankind and all round destruction which has surpassed the World War II calamity.
Today, the talks have brought to the forefront an idea of more than one Syria as per the statement of senior Russian official who has talked about federal Syria.
Others have talked about the ‘division’ of Syria on racial and sectarian basis and a few days ago the US Secretary of State is known to have made a similar statement.
Meanwhile, the opposition is basking in political luxury since it does not wish to go to the negotiations table. Moreover, it has presented inapplicable conditions — inapplicable under the current circumstances – while the regime sifts through minor conditions which are almost similar to the conditions set by its multiple-headed political adversary.
Unfortunately, this scenario reminds us of the Palestinian cause in 1947 when the UN General Assembly issued a decision to divide Palestine due to several reasons or more so because the Arabs did not have any existence or political weight.
At that time, the Arabs were divided into different groups; some of them accepted the settlement while the others did not. Add to this the slogan of ‘Liberating Palestine from the Sea to the River’. The Palestinians joined in and each of them had their own army of soldiers who would lay down their lives for the sake of their leaders not to decide the destiny of their nation but to defend the agendas of other countries until Palestine was lost.
As a result, Palestine neither drank of the river nor enjoyed the sea. We, Arabs, after 60 years seek to accept the least conditions to reconcile with Israel which in just six days was able to make its presence felt and occupy Palestine and some parts of neighboring countries.
In the evening during the suspended Syrian-Syrian negotiations, the Syrians are supposed to write their destiny because they know their internal affairs more than any Arab or non-Arab.
Moreover, those who are interested in putting unrealistic conditions should look at the tragedy of their nation and the humanitarian disaster which they experience.
They must realize that their country alone pays and in future will pay the price because those wearing neckties around their white collars know nothing about their country. All that they are interested in is parts of the region, not Syrian issues. Consequently they will not accept any solution which does benefit their interests.
We are afraid the regime and the opposition, due to their loathsome political luxury, may stumble and resemble Palestinian groups which fight on behalf of other regional players putting their cause on the backburner. All that we are accustomed to saying is No, No, No … while Israel has become formidable in its Jewish identity and continues to devour more territories from the Palestinian country.
If the Syrians are seriously keen on returning to their homeland, they must decide what they want for themselves when they sit face to face on the table of negotiations instead of bickering over petty issues.
For once they must agree whether to protect Syria geographically or to divide Damascus like the thieves divide the booty during the day which they stole during the night.
They will not find anyone to support them after countries get their share and go their way.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah – Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times