With Hillary Clinton welcoming Bashar al-Assad’s acceptance of Kofi Annan’s six-point proposal to end the violence in Syria and then emphasising that , “given Assad’s history of overpromising and under-delivering“, immediate action on the Syrian President’s part must follow this acceptance, and with Turkey moving closer to setting up a buffer zone in Syria “to protect civilians”, we might at least suspect that what we have here is just one more example of Washington and its friends, denigrating the principle of respect for national sovereignty of others in favour of regime change. ….. and if Washington’s hypocrisy, doesn’t have you shaking your heads, what about the friends?
Well, the countries of the GCC, and while ‘Al Jazerra’ pushes the Qatari agenda must be counted among the United States’ friends and how about this from one of its seemingly apolitical reporters, a certain Gregg Carlstrom, ‘who reports that in Bahrain:
“The opposition wants a reformist to head the next round of talks. “Even the king is not clean, he’s lied too many times,” said Ali, an investment banker at a Wefaq rally last week who asked that his real name not be published. “If you ask me they should put the crown prince in charge.” But many in the pro-government camp, who view the crown prince as too accommodating, would likely balk at such an appointment.”
That’s right you read it correctly; an investment banker would like the crown prince to be put in charge of the talks but many in the government believe that he would too accommodating regarding the opposition’s demand. We might, of course, ask what planet these people live on? Firstly, the crown prince being in charge of the talks between the government and the opposition is like putting Bashar al-Assad’s mother in charge of the talks in Syria and, of course and, while we can only imagine the commotion that would lead to, it would certainly not lead to regime change. Secondly, the reality is that, whatever we might think of Bashar al-Assad, he does enjoy more popular support in Syria than the al Khalifa’s do in Bahrain. In other words, if you want to make a claim for regime change based on a general consensus in a particular country, you might just want to start in Bahrain.