How Dare They Invite Iran to The Syria Peace Conference!

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    Mar 30, 2004
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    UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon had the temerity Monday to invite Iran to participate in the “Geneva II” conference on the ongoing crisis in Syria. Though one might believe Iran has a legitimate interest in a conflict right in its neighborhood, the US refused to allow Iran to participate unless its leadership agreed to the pre-condition that Assad must be driven from power. For the US, the result of the conference must be decided before the conference commences. It is Queen of Hearts diplomacy: sentence first, verdict afterward!

    Mexico was invited to participate, but Iran, whose border with Syria is some 100 miles away, was forbidden by the US from attending.

    So Monday’s unexpected invitation from Ban Ki Moon to Iran sent shockwaves through Foggy Bottom.

    Secretary of State Kerry had a complete breakdown. He had just secured the participation of one US-favored Syrian oppositionist group — made up of exiles who have no political presence in Syria and who command none of the armed opposition groups on the ground. The UN invite to Iran broadsided a US administration desperate to hold on to the myth that there is a legitimate force waiting in the wings to lead Syria to a glorious democratic future (unlike in previous US-sponsored “liberations” in places like Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan).

    The opposition Syrian Opposition Coalition gave a deadline of 2:00 PM Monday for the invitation to be rescinded or they would pull out of the conference, thereby putting truth to the lie that the US actually has any control over the groups to which it has funneled untold millions of dollars. As the Economist points out, in the larger scheme of things it matters not whether the group attends — the Syrian Opposition Coalition is “increasingly irrelevant.” They control none of the forces on the ground in Syria and therefore have no ability to implement an agreement even if one were reached.

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