"Assad's government, whose forces have been staging fierce offensives on rebel strongholds around Damascus and the border town of Qusair, has named representatives for the peace talks Washington and Moscow hope to convene in Geneva in June. But opposition political factions, let alone the rebel combatants over whom they wield scant control, remain paralysed by internal divisions even after six days of talks in Istanbul. The 60-member Syrian National Coalition has failed to agree to include more liberals in its ranks to the dismay of Western and some Arab backers keen to reduce the influence of Islamists. The disarray raises questions about the opposition's ability to agree any sort of inclusive transitional government and could strengthen Assad's hand before any peace talks. Western and Arab envoys sought to break the opposition deadlock which could even scupper the U.S.-Russian initiative. "Effectively, without an opposition overhaul there will not be a Geneva (conference)," a frustrated regional official in Istanbul said." Reuters
What a great way to start WW3 this would be. Israel attacks Russian missile deliveries, kills Russians, Russians attack Israel... Presto! The Guns of July. Guess who woud lose the most in that deal. What the hell are we playing at? I listened to Senator Blumenthal of Connecticutt try to speak coherently about the Syria crisis this morning. He couldn't do it! All that came out of his mouth were platitudes and frequenty they were mutually contradictory platitudes.
And then there are the two Johns. McCain can't help himself. He has become a raving madman bent on war everywhere against anyone available. Kerry is just pathetic, a bumbling, conceited fool who thinks charm is the touchstone that will open all doors for him. pl