Syria: Putting the cart before the horse?
Analysis by Jill Dougherty
While Syrians are dying in horrendous attacks, it seems strange to hear diplomats talking about a “political transition” - a solution that, at this stage, seems like a pipe dream.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton already is describing that transition in detail. To achieve this, she explained last Thursday in Istanbul, there must be a “real cease-fire.”
“Second, (Syrian President Bashar al-Assad) must transfer power and depart Syria. Third, an interim representative government must be established through negotiation,” Clinton said in remarks after meeting with Turkey’s foreign minister in Istanbul. “The transition phase must lead to a democratic, representative, and inclusive government. There must be civilian control of the military and security forces and respect for the rule of law and equality before the law for all Syrians.”