Press TV has conducted an interview with Mark Dankof, a political commentator from San Antonio, about the situation in Syria.
What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.
Press TV: With the Geneva talks suffering a setback, what lies ahead for the people of Syria?
Dankof: I think nothing good. I feel very ominous about this whole situation, frankly. There’s a story that just appeared in the Wall Street Journal that chronicles how the Saudi Arabian regime is providing some black market Russian anti-tank missiles and some Chinese-manned portable anti-aircraft missiles to these so-called rebels in Syria.
This is being done with a complete connivance obviously of the United States – one of the reasons the Wall Street Journal sources that were cited in this article. This accompanies American financial aid, according to the Wall Street Journal, for these extremist Sunni Wahhabic elements in Syria including people affiliated with al-Qaeda and al-Nusra.
It’s clear that this is a criminal action that has been undertaken by Saudi Arabia with the full connivance of the United States, Jordan and Turkey where these armaments are being covertly stored.
And of course, the Zionist state of Israel is clearly involved in this as well because they want President Assad of Syria overthrown as a prelude to some type of an attack on Iran.
This is criminal activity and the president of the United States is being drawn into criminal activity in this situation, along with his rather psychopathic counterparts in the Republic Party like John McCain and Lindsey Graham.
Press TV: Speaking about the Geneva talks, why do you think the Syrian opposition constantly refused to talk about the issue of terrorism in Syria despite graphic images being posted online of insurgents committing acts of violence?
Dankof: Obviously no one wants to admit that they’re the bad guys in this situation and clearly the lion’s share of the atrocities that have been committed in this situation up till now – Western propaganda and Zionist propaganda on this subject notwithstanding – have been committed by these Sunni Wahhabic elements that are being backed, again, by Saudi Arabia, the United States, Jordan, Turkey and Israel. This is what’s happening here.
In this situation, I think Sergei Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of Russia, is exactly correct. These Geneva talks are not about negotiations. These Geneva talks in fact are about regime change and the fact that for the United States, the Zionist state of Israel and the Saudi Arabians, nothing short of the deposing of President Assad of Syria will satisfy them.
The Syrian government is being asked to negotiate with a gun at its head and these latest revelations about these Saudi weapons transfers to Jordan and Turkey are proof positive of this.