On December 26, Arab League observers began monitoring Syrian cities. They’ll remain another month, despite calls to remove them.
Al Arabiya, Saudi Arabia’s state-controlled media, reported Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal saying:
“My country will withdraw its monitors because the Syrian government did not execute any of the elements of the Arab resolution plan.”
“We are calling on the international community to bear its responsibility, and that includes our brothers in Islamic states and our friends in Russia, China, Europe and the United States.”
He also called for “all possible pressure” against Assad.
Saudi Arabia kowtows to Washington. It’s also repressive and lawless with no legitimacy whatever. In its latest 2011 human rights assessment, America’s State Department accused it of arbitrary arrests and detention, torture and other abuses, political prisoners, absence of basic freedoms, and other international law violations.
It was said because it’s not reported. It also doesn’t deter America from supporting Saudi policies and pursuing far worse ones globally.
Pressure’s relentlessly building on Assad. Washington, Israel, and rogue allies plan regime change. Short of direct intervention, Western-generated uprisings began in March. Libya’s model was replicated.
Syria’s been ravaged for months. Thousands died, including security forces killed with heavy weapons.
Assad’s wrongfully blamed for a Western/Israeli/rogue regional alliance-generated insurgency. So far, he’s holding on. At issue is regime change, isolating Iran from its key ally.
Expect greater pressure on Tehran ahead. War’s an option, including against Syria, if sanctions and other destabilization methods fail.
On January 22, New York Times writer Kareem Fahim headlined, “Arab League Floats Ambitious New Peace Plan for Syria,” saying:
“Faced with the failure of its observer mission to curb violence,” League members “on Sunday unexpectedly floated an ambitious peace proposal that would require (Assad) to hand over power to a deputy and start negotiations with his opponents within two weeks.”
They also proposed a national unity government within two months, followed by presidential and parliamentary elections within six months.
In Cairo, Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, said:
“The formation of a national unity government within two months, with the participation of both the regime and the opposition, headed by an individual, previously agreed upon, and whose mission would be the implementation of the terms of the Arab League’s plan.”
Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani said:
“We ask that the Syrian regime leave and hand over power. We are with the Syrian people, with their will and with their aspirations.”
Qatar’s an absolute monarchy. People have no say whatever. Its prime minister, Hamad bin Jasim bin Jabir Al Thani (a royal family member), said:
“We’re going to the Security Council. We know what the Syrian people are going through. We are doing as much as we can.”