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US facing its failed policies in Syria: Analyst

20 November 2015 23:27


The United States’ policies have failed in the Middle East, particularly in Syria, and Washington is now trying to make the most of the chaotic situation in the war-torn country, says an American analyst.

Professor Dennis Etler made the comments in an interview with Press TV on Friday when asked about remarks made by US State Department spokesman John Kirby who said Syrian Bashar al-Assad’s fate will be decided in international talks in the coming weeks.

“What I can tell you is that in the multilateral sessions, which will continue to occur going forward, the role of Assad in this transition will be spelled out,” Kirby told reporters on Thursday.

“But that’s why it’s so important, as we’ve talked about before, to get the opposition groups into this discussion,” he added.

Etler said “the US is coming face to face with its failed policies in the Middle East. In Syria, the US is backtracking and attempting to make the best of a bad situation and take credit when no credit is due.”

The US’ “insistence of ousting Bashar al-Assad as president of Syria has nothing to do with the supposed lack of legitimacy of his government or alleged human rights violations,” he noted, adding Washington wants to replace Assad with its own puppet.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The crisis has claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people so far and displaced millions of others.

The US and its regional allies, including Turkey and Saudi Arabia, have been backing militants fighting against the Syrian government and people.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Etler said that “the US is not interested in democracy in the world of the Syrian people,” or the fate of “the Iraqi people or people anywhere in the world.”

On the contrary, “it is only concerned with maintaining its position of world domination and hegemony,” he added.

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