Syrians need blankets not rockets

Abdulrahman al-Rashed
Abdulrahman al-Rashed
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Most Syrians, including the millions facing death homeless and starved or trapped in their homes and starved, are not going to exchange blankets and bread for a return to Assad’s regime

Abdulrahman al-Rashed
Little will change through meetings in Geneva and visits to Moscow by mediators and ministers. Syrians have decided to fight until they topple the regime by their very hands and with whatever few weapons available to them. It is futile to keep looking for a peaceful solution that keeps Assad in power, whether actually or symbolically. It is too late for ideas about the partial transfer of power and an honorable exist for Assad and his government. This is how those banished in tents in Jordan and Turkey feel and the same applies to those holding on in their besieged neighborhoods in Darayya, Hama, Homs, Daraa, and other destroyed parts across Syria. That is why members of the Syrian coalition and the opposition say they will never accept that and none of them would dare agree to a political solution that does not explicitly involve the ouster of Assad.

And because they are fighting on several fronts—Assad, winter, and lack of international support—the best they can get now is the aid that would enable them to get over this harsh season. Then they will be in charge of toppling the already-collapsing regime.

*This article first appeared in Asharq al-Awsat on Jan. 13, 2013. Link:

(Abdulrahman al-Rashed is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. A veteran and internationally acclaimed journalist, he is a former editor-in-chief of the London-based leading Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, where he still regularly writes a political column. He has also served as the editor of Asharq al-Awsat’s sister publication, al-Majalla. Throughout his career, Rashed has interviewed several world leaders, with his articles garnering worldwide recognition, and he has successfully led Al Arabiya to the highly regarded, thriving and influential position it is in today.)

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