Patrick Seale told Al Jazeera:
"If the fighting continues - and it shows no sign of stopping - then I fear my predictions are very, very gloomy."
"Syria, a major Arab country after all, faces the possibility of dismemberment, fragmentation, (and) partition."
The possibility is very real. Syria may replicate Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. It may be entirely destroyed. Hundreds of thousands may die. Washington bears full responsibility.
Ahead of Assad's speech, the Washington Post condemned Obama's failure to intervene. It's "one of his greatest failures," it said.
Post writer David Ignatius is a reliable imperial ally. On January 4, he proposed a "way out of" aggressive war he called "civil." Aggression is aggression is aggression. Nothing "civil" reflects it.
He wants Assad ousted. He supports foreign death squads. He equates them with freedom fighters. Doing so betrayed his readers.
"As with everything affecting Syria, time is running out before the country collapses into an anarchic failed state."
"What Syria needs urgently is a path to a new government based on the rule of law."
Syrians alone should choose their government. Outside interference is illegal. Washington prioritizes it. So does Ignatius. He supports imperial lawlessness. He, like America, spurns rule of law principles at home and abroad.
Assad prioritizes peaceful conflict resolution. He wants all nonviolent parties engaged responsibly. Media scoundrels claim otherwise.
On January 6, The New York Times headlined "Defiant Speech by Assad Is New Block to Peace in Syria," saying:
He sounded "defiant, confident and, to critics, out of touch with his people's grievances."
Ignored was strong Syrian backing. The longer conflict continues, the greater his internal support. The Times didn't explain.