Syria and Turkey: The Farewell Meeting

(Al-Arabiya) Tariq Alhomayed - The meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus took place at a time that the al-Assad regime is moving closer to sharing the fate of the Muammar Gaddafi regime in Libya. It is clear that the al-Assad regime is closer to collapse than survival, for this is a regime that has failed to move with the times, and engage with the changes that have occurred in the regional and international arena. Here we see the Syrian regime clashing with its closest ally, the Turks, who have tried for years to provide first aid to the Baathist regime. The al-Assad regime's problem is not that it is against change, but rather that it is incapable of change, for it is a regime that is solely concerned with remaining in power, even if this comes at the cost of the blood of innocent Syrians. The writer is editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat.

2011-08-12 00:00:00

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