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  •  Or He Sees it As A Way to (7+ / 0-)

    Cast the opposition as unrealistic, disorganized, and/or being dominated by Jihadis.

    It the opposition demands victory (Assad resigning) before they will show up, they come of as unreasonable.

    If they cannot agree on who represents them at the talks, they come up as disorganized amateurs.

    If the Jihadis show up, or eat a few more human hearts, (Really not joking about that) then they become scary extremists.

    Negotiations will also reduce the influence of the Saudis on the outcome.

    6/24/05: Charlie the Tuna Creator Dies En lieu of flowers, please bring mayonnaise, chopped celery and paprika.

    by LunkHead on Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 02:57:40 PM PDT

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    •  problem is, some of the more extreme rebel (8+ / 0-)

      factions (or more precisely, their foreign backers, namely Saudi Arabia and Israel) will react to the news of a ceasefire by redoubling their efforts to suck America into this war.

      This might just be a clever feint to divide the opposition, but they can't take the chance. As you say, even sham negotiations would hurt their cause. And if it turns out the negotiations aren't a sham, then all is lost.

      They might be desperate enough to engineer a false flag operation that would give the US a casus belli for a strike.

      "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

      by limpidglass on Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 03:14:34 PM PDT

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      •  maybe but its possible FSA (2+ / 0-)
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        is tiring of this war, especially with their dwindling influence on other rebel factions and the depravity of those same groups.  i don't believe FSA supports whole-scale ethnic cleansing as other rebel groups have proposed.

        i think if FSA and assad settle accounts, then the other rebel groups will likely wage a guerilla war of terror.

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