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ICG finally getting on the diplomatic train

I think one of the early lost opportunities was that conflict mitigation groups like ICG and USIP threw up their hands very quickly and said there was little grand or small bargaining that the int. community could engage in on Syria. The submission to the logic of inevitability left a great vacuum filled steadily by the pro war hawks.

We are now living with the consequences of that inaction, immobility.

Here they were in May of last year:

“By denouncing all forms of protest as sedition, and dealing with them through escalating violence, the regime [Syria] is closing the door on any possible honourable exit to a deepening national crisis. With little the international community can do, the optimal outcome is one whose chances are dwindling by the day: an immediate end to the violence and a genuine national dialogue to pave the way for a transition to a representative, democratic political order.”

I criticized, in a way, this approach here in May.

ICG now says this in its latest report

“Full and timely implementation of Annan’s plan almost surely was never in the cards”, says Robert Malley, Crisis Group’s Middle East and North Africa Program Director. “But that is not a reason to give up on diplomacy so soon. One should not repeat the mistake committed at the time of the Arab League-sponsored initiative: to expect its failure; rush to pull the plug on an unsatisfactory policy; wait for the emergence of an alternative that has been neither considered nor agreed. And then watch, as the killing goes on”.


Written by nickbiddlenoe

April 10, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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