Militarily, the Saudi threat issued at Munich has to be made credible. If a ceasefire does not materialise soon, the Russians, Iranians and Assad himself have no incentives to quit while they are ahead. Only the possibility of Arab ground forces, from Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the UAE, heavily backed by western logistics and intelligence, air power and technical specialists, could force Assad and his backers to make a strategic choice in favour of cessation. Only the US could make that work for the Saudis and others – and only Britain could bring along other significant European allies.Clarke is clearly hoping that a ceasefire breaks down, and bugger the pain, devasatation, death and tsunami of migrants caused by the UK and its allies prolonging the war. Comments have slipped past the Guardian mods including
"Until now we were being fed the line that ISIS was the biggest evil since the days of Lucifer himself! Now the poor souls at the the Guardian (and other papers) have to back peddle double time, redeem ISIS's image and pin all their blame one some other sod. Just imagine if you were asked to carry out this thankless task! I wonder when these poor journalists will start quitting enmass?"
"I've heard that Europe and the US wanted to build a pipeline through Syria to avoid having to buy gas from Russia. Assad, being a client of Russia, stood in the West's way. And so we funded the Syrian uprising to kick out Assad and put in some western stooge. It hasn't gone as planned. "
"It is interesting that we have gradually seen al-Qaeda/al-Nusra Front recaterorized from terrorists to not-so-bad and it looks like ISIS is in for the same treatment."
"I never realised The Guardian was such a warmongering newspaper.
Mr Clarke, are you serious??"
"There is absolutely no reason to believe that by retaking Syria, a vengeful Assad back in control of a broken country. It can only be better as things stand now. Syria intends to rebuild its country. The West should go along there is no better options than support Russia's lead in this matter. The US might do and it is not a weakness, that would actually be wise and mature. The loose cannon is Turkey now and a major concern to the region 's stability. And Britain should stay away, as France for they are direct protagonists of the unrest in Syria."