Instead of working together with Russia and Europe on how to stop the Syrian conflict, the United States keeps making the situation worse, the Italian newspaper said.
There is only one solution to the existing problem — a ceasefire agreement. But neither the United States nor Saudi Arabia would agree to this, because a ceasefire would mean that al-Assad would remain in power. Washington clearly doesn't want that, the expert said.
Well, at least Washington doesn't want this on paper. But the truth is that in reality the West doesn't want al-Assad gone, because then nobody knows who will come to power in Damascus. With al-Assad gone, Syria will become a free-for-all confrontation between various militant factions, Landis said.
"Al-Nusra? Islamic State? Or Islamic militants with ties with al-Qaeda? All these option are terrifying, that's why nobody really wants Assad to leave," Landis argued.
At the same time, Europe could play a key role in this situation, acting as the middleman between the United States and Russia to implement a ceasefire agreement in Syria. According to Landis, Europeans will soon pay an even big price for their lack of action, because soon the flow of refugees running away from the Syrian war into Europe will increase exponentially.