Igniting the Syrian powder keg
29 June 2012
While billed as a last-chance intervention to halt the escalating bloodletting in Syria, the foreign ministers meeting convened by UN envoy Kofi Annan in Geneva for Saturday will merely set the stage for intensified demands by Washington and its allies for regime-change.
In advance of the meeting, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other Western officials have made wildly optimistic statements that Annan’s efforts will bear fruit, publicly indicating that Russia, which has opposed foreign intervention in Syria, has shifted its position and is now supporting the ouster of the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad.
Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, denied these claims at a press conference in Tunisia Thursday. “We are not supporting and will not support any external meddling,” he said, adding that “this also applies to the fate of Bashar al-Assad.” http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/jun2012/pers-j29.shtml