When we come to the problem, or the discussion of Syria, we are indeed in a deeply troubled situation. There is, however, a small glimpse of hope. Please let med explain.
The major obstacle for peace in the Middle East has been the antagonism between the US/Israel and Iran. This has fueled numerous conflicts over the entire region. Among them the ongoing Gaza conflict.
The situation is off cause much more complex than that, but basically the conflict between the Iranian bloque and the Israelean bloque has followed cold war lines.
Now, with the good and hopefully fruitfull discussion between Iran and the US, there are hopes of peace and understanding. The Iranians are understanding, that hate and agression is not really the way to reach spirit. You reach spirit through love, not hate.
The positive collaboration will potentially spill over into the Syrian conflict. Because if the Iranian conflict is solved trough dialogue and collaboration, the Syrian conflict potentially have the same possible working method. We could build on the succes of the negotiations between the US and Iran in Syria.
I prefer a secular government run by the rather democratic oriented Alawis than hardcore islamists that collaborate to install a Sharia based constitution in Syria after they have won over Assad.
Assad has done some brutal things, but the core of his Herderian secular government is not Islam.
This is the reality. We do not need another shariabased semidemocratic country like certain other Arab countries, that are honestly highjacking the Arab spring we have worked so hard to help and work on.
In Egypt we now see an opposition between secularists and islamists, and that is not, I my mind, the way to build a wellworking democratic state. It is not that Islam is the exact oppositoin to democracy, but a shariabased semidemocratic state is not really what we would call a serious democracy.
This gives Assad an opportunity to reconfigure his strategy and start working directly with the Western alliance, to make a deal.
We are open, we have proved we can make progress along lines of collaboration and honest, sincere working together as an honest team.
We have done it with Iran, we could do it with Assad.
It is a matter of trust, a trust we feel we have earned as it is.
G-d bless the peace we have the opportunity to win, if we are dedicated enough