The Guardian today has a report that the US seems to be supporting a plan where Bashar al-Assad remains in control of Syria and oversees a series of reforms which would turn Syria into a civil democracy.
The US is promoting a "roadmap" for political reforms in Syria which would transform the regime of Bashar al-Assad but leave him in place for now – despite demands for his overthrow during the country's bloody three-month uprising.
Syrian opposition sources have revealed that the US state department has been discreetly encouraging discussion of the unpublished draft document which circulated at an unprecedented opposition conference held on Monday in Damascus. The US ambassador is urging dialogue with the regime, the sources say.
Assad would oversee what the roadmap calls "a secure and peaceful transition to civil democracy". It calls for tighter control over the security forces, the disbanding of "Shabiha" gangs accused of atrocities, the legal right to peaceful demonstrations, extensive media freedoms, and the appointment of a transitional assembly.
The Guardian article is here:
The text of the ‘roadmap for political reforms’ is here:
As I live only a few hundred miles from Syria, I seriously do want change to happen there as peacefully as possible.
Is this the way that change will or could happen in Syria?
Right now I really don’t know.