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    Syria Crisis: ‘There’s Still a Debate About Who’s Extremist And Who’s Not’

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    Over the past few days world leaders have made a number of important, but at the same time controversial statements on ways to resolve the crisis in Syria.

    On Thursday the International Syria Support Group agreed on cessation of hostilities in the Arab Republic within a week. However, the deal does not include terrorist groups such as Daesh.

    A day after, the US State Secretary John Kerry threatened to start a ground operation in Syria if the country’s army does not observe the ceasefire regime.

    The Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir took things a step further by telling a German newspaper that Bashar Assad will not be ruling Syria in the foreseeable future.

    Meanwhile, Assad himself told AFP news agency that his army is able to retake the whole country, adding that Damascus will continue to fight terrorism amid peace talks.

    Radio Sputnik discussed these statements with geopolitical analyst and Senior Advisor at Gulf State Analytics think-tank — Theodore Karasik.

    “Nearly all parties want to go after Daesh but at the same time there is still a debate going about who is an extremist and who isn’t. The Russians and Iranians position is different than the Western so this is going to continue throughout the rest of the next few weeks about sorting out who is who on the ground.”

    Talking about Sergei Lavrov’s statement in which the foreign minister sees a 49% chance that a ceasefire in Syria will successfully be in place within one week, the analyst said, “Lavrov is on to an agreement that was made with Kerry and other major actors in this war. March 1st is the date for this ceasefire.”

    Similarly the Geneva conference is in place working to establish a peace process in Syria but according to the analyst it is a little too early to make conclusions about the progress.

    “At this juncture it is a little premature to say that everyone will agree to disagree. A number of speakers are opposed to each other and there will be further discussions between now and March 1st that are more behind the scenes because there needs to be some cohesive agreement which may be far-fetched,” Karasik concluded.


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      An extremist isn't what anyone is out to kill. Plenty of religious fanatics are extremists in their views. Terrorist are what your out to kill. Terrorists are a group of people who decide to overthrow an elected government and who do not have the support of the people. The American government fits this definition, as does Isis. Now under international law a people are lawfully allowed to rise up and overthrow their government but there are perimeters.
    • A = π r 2
      an extremist is someone who actively seeks to obstruct the foreign policy objectives of the United States
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      michaelin reply toA = π r 2(Show commentHide comment)
      ultravi01et, I like that definition - unfortunately how it fits the times...:)
    • A = π r 2in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, it is unfortunate. the real world has a lot more grey areas than that definition would suggest, too.
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      Didn't I say numerous times that they can not give us a list of the moderates as they do not have a clue who to put on that list.As Assad said it - a real opposition opposes the government in the parliament not fight using weapons. If they use weapons they are terrorists.
    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beams
      A terrorist is a guy with a weapon claiming to be "the opposition".
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      michaelin reply toA = π r 2(Show commentHide comment)
      ultravi01et, oh yes! :)
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      not too difficult...if you are a politician then you are an extremist of the most dangerous kind
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