Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Friday, April 20th, 2018

Last Attempts to Save Assad

Survival of the Syrian regime will greatly serve purposes of some regional actors while the world countries have mostly approached happenings in Syria the same as that of Libya and Yemen. The US, EU countries, many of the Arab nations and the UN have asked Syrian regime to stop crackdown against protestors and abide by their legal and democratic demands. The recent tough weeks for Syrian protestors have provoked a sense of global empathy with them. However, the only supporting country to the battling Assad's regime believes that the Arab revolutions differ from one country to another. The Islamic Republic of Iran says that Syrian protestors were stimulated by specific plots designed and led by Western and some Arab countries.

Unless otherwise, Assad's longtime regime didn't deserve widespread demonstrations. Acknowledging Iran's role in Syrian politics, Turkey had talks with Iranian officials, including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to discuss recent developments in Turkey's southern neighbor. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that it is very important for the dynamic transformation process in the Middle East to be shaped by developments in the region, as opposed to outside actors.

Davutoglu's remarks came as tensions between Syria and the United States flared on Monday July 11, 2011 after loyalists of the Syrian regime attacked the US Embassy in Damascus. The United States, which sees Syria as a fragile but crucial element of any lasting Middle East peace equation, had been reluctant to demand that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad step aside, but US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's comments on Monday indicated Washington's patience had run out. US Secretary Clinton said Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad had "lost legitimacy".

Before the uprising began in Arab world including Syria, the United States and Syria long had an uneasy relationship. In recent years, Syria has been at the forefront of a number of important U.S. policy issues in the Middle East, and the two sides have been at odds on such issues as the Arab-Israeli conflict, Syria's role in Lebanon, and U.S. allegations that Syria has failed to curb infiltration of foreign fighters across the border into Iraq. However, as part of Obama's change in US foreign policy, Washington resumed diplomatic ties with Syria.

Following recent developments in M.E. and the so far-unsuccessful attempts to bring regime change in Syria, United States think it is time to put pressure on the country to end the longtime pro-Iranian dictatorship there. The US said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had lost legitimacy and was losing his grip on power.

Likewise, France called on Tuesday for a Security Council meeting. Denunciations of Assad from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and French Prime Minister Francois Fillon marked those countries' sharpest condemnation yet of the Syrian president, struggling to put down four months of revolts that have swept the country and threatened his 11-year rule.The domestic clashes in Syria are severely connected to the regional and global realpolitik. The pro-Assad Iran is making its last attempts to help him survive the blowing revolt. However, it is now too difficult to ease tensions and suppress public uprising.