No matter what happens in Syria, can Russians and Iranians remain stuck to the idea that Assad should remain in power forever or that ‘it’s either Assad or nothing’, which are the most popular regime slogans sprayed on the walls of Damascus and Syria, or whatever is left of these walls?
Is it possible to overlook the facts written in the blood and tears of millions of refugees and displaced people as well as in the hundreds of thousands who were killed, wounded, missing and imprisoned? Is it possible to overlook these facts that are documented with the ashes of tens of billions worth of losses in construction, agriculture and many others?
After the American-British-French airstrikes against Assad’s deadly chemical weapons warehouses, US President Donald Trump said Syria’s crisis is also the region’s crisis, and they must seek to resolve it. Frankly, and away from interpreting the significance of his remarks, he’s rightMashari Althaydi
More importantly, can Russian emperor Vladimir ‘the terrible’ or the religious Shah, Khamenei, wipe up the wounds, the anger and the malice, resulting from the sectarian murder and abuse that has been ongoing since 2001 from the hearts of the Syrian people and many Arabs?
Can the world – the reasonable and the just – forgive that Bashar’s regime and his protectors ploughed the earth and dug holes in which murky waters attracted al-Qaeda’s pestilence and the ISIS disease?
Syria's neighboring countries
In the end, the Syrian cause remains the primary concern of Syria’s neighbors and its partners in the wider region of the Middle East.
After the American-British-French airstrikes against Assad’s deadly chemical weapons warehouses, US President Donald Trump said Syria’s crisis is also the region’s crisis, and they must seek to resolve it. Frankly, and away from interpreting the significance of his remarks, he’s right.
During a press conference with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in Riyadh on Tuesday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said: “We are holding talks with the US about sending troops to Syria within the context of the Islamic Alliance, and we have been doing so since the beginning of the Syrian crisis.” He added that Saudi Arabia had proposed this idea to former US President Barack Obama.
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This came a day or two after the conclusion of the Joint Gulf Shield 1 massive military drills by Islamic Alliance forces in east Saudi Arabia.
Assembling Arab forces
The Wall Street Journal recently quoted American officials as saying that the Trump administration is seeking to assemble an Arab force in Syria. The report added that there was actual communication with Egypt for this purpose.
This came after the Saudi Kingdom reaffirmed that it stands with the Syrian people, and called for “maintaining the unity and independence of Syria’s sovereignty.” This is according to the Saudi government’s statement during its weekly meeting chaired by King Salman. Of course, the statement here is clear when they mentioned the “unity and independence” of Syria.
If this intervention happens, it won’t be solely Saudi, but rather an intervention within the context of an international plan and international guarantees. It will also be under the umbrella of a massive Islamic alliance in partnership with the US.
Will this happen?
This article was first published in Arabic.
Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.