A Strategy For Syria:
The question repeatedly echoed in Washington DC nowadays is: What is the strategy in Syria. It is indeed a valid question as nobody has articulated yet an “end-game” to the Syrian civil war. Hence, the answers offered are the kind of futile generalities like “all options are bad” or “there is no good end game in sight”.
This ambiguity stems from the definition of what is meant by a “good option”. In our view a good option is the one that stops the bloodshed, prevents sectarian account settling, preserves the unity and integrity of Syrian soil and restores order and normalcy to this country.
For such an option to be achieved, it should be based on a penetrating analysis of the real situation on the ground in Syria.
According to our relentless follow of this situation, we reached the conclusion that only a loose confederation between different regions in a federal Syria can provide the first step to achieve that “good option”. The central government will exist, albeit with limited authority, the regional governments will be responsible about their regions and international guarantees could be in place to keep clear and secure “boarders” between the different regions.
This could be the prelude to the formation of a stronger central government if the Syrian people chose to go that way.
The frame work of such a solution should be laid out and discussed with the different religious, ethnic and political groups in Syria. Such a step will move the focus to the search for ways to live together in the future instead of ways to kill each other. The Syrian Orthodox Church, which is respected by most of the warring parties, can play a leading role in forming an “elders group” of all parties to articulate that plan.
Dr Samir Al Taqi