I have not talked much about Syria, but this seems to be a positive statement:

Nawaf al-Fares is one of the highest-profile defectors from the Syrian regime. Formerly he was Bashar al-Assad‘s ambassador in Baghdad, Iraq.

He has been a very prominent figure in Syria for years and has held senior Baath party posts since the time of the late president Hafez al-Assad.

Fares is a Sunni who is said to have close ties to Syrian security.  Heis the second senior diplomat to quit the embattled government since the beginning of the Syrian uprising. The first was Bassam Imadi, the Syrian ambassador to Sweden.

Western diplomats have hailed recent defections as a sign that the Bashar-al-Assad government is slowly beginning to crumble from within.

He stated this in an interview:

“The regime and Bashar al-Assad himself gave us illusions about reforms. We are now convinced that this regime will never do anything for the sake of the people. Lies are going on, the head of the regime is lying, it’s mirage, it’s illusion, killings everywhere, destruction everywhere and oppression everywhere …. He [Bashar-al-Assad] carries the genes of a dictator. His father killed people 30 years ago. Those who deal with him know that he is a liar …

The Russian support, the Iranian support and the hesitation or the inability of the international community to protect the Syrian people are the main reasons why the regime is buying time and why the regime is staying for a longer period of time. But from inside, the regime is dead. Economically, socially, in all domains …

Reforms could have given some fruits if applied at the very beginning of the revolution. But after waves of blood it’s impossible for the Syrians to trust Bashar al-Assad again, to accept his existence in Syria even …. This regime is dead, it’s just a matter of time.”

– Nawaf Fares, the former Syrian ambassador to Iraq

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Posted on July 15, 2012, in Announcement, editorial, government, history, Interview, News, Opinion, quote, War, Word from Bill, World News and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. He is a Sunni

    Yet more proof that what is happening in Syria is a civil war between the Sunni majority and the Alawi, Shia, Druze, and Christian minority, who are united in wanting anything other than a Sunni government ruling over them because historically the result in Syria has been oppression of the minority religions by the Sunni.

    I.e., this is *not* a sign that the Assad regime is crumbling, rather, it’s a sign that the sectarian boundaries are becoming more set in concrete, with it being a civil war of the Sunni vs. everybody else. Assad has sufficient weapons and manpower without the Sunni who’d been part of his regime to stay in power, unless there is outside intervention on behalf of the Sunni. That seems unlikely, since none of Syria’s neighbors are willing to do so and it’d be hard for anybody else to do so.

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