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Real-life saga of duplicity.

Summary: All the plots in all the volumes that were written by Shakespeare can't hold a candle to what the U.S. and Russia are plotting in this part of the world, especially in Syria.

All the plots in all the volumes that were written by Shakespeare can't hold a candle to what the U.S. and Russia are plotting in this part of the world, especially in Syria.

It is an ongoing saga that's so hard to comprehend that it leaves a huge margin for interpretation and jumping to conclusions, as it tries to direct the dynamics of any plot to serve the interests of these two parties.

The latest is the report about the U.S. offering a pact with Russia, a deal that once one sees past the sugarcoated words, is just total surrender to Moscow in the Syrian tragedy.

As for the White House' denial of the existence of such a pact, it was probably prompted by the opposition, which is comprised of a significant number of officials at the State Department, the Pentagon and the U.S. intelligence community.

In such a climate one can't but ask about the will of the Syrian people. Definitely they are not represented by Bashar Assad, who in his NBC interview spoke with the arrogance of Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery and the "wisdom" of Sir Winston Churchill about a country so different from the Syria known to the rest of the world that it might as well be Montenegro.

The irony is that the U.N.'s Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura, the man entrusted with the task of mediating and bringing feuding parties together to arrive at a diplomatic solution to this tragedy, has now been so completely marginalized that he is sitting on the sidelines and awaiting the results of talks between the U.S. and Russia on Syria.

Such a scene merely convinces us that the killing fields will endure.

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Publication:The Daily Star (Beirut, Lebanon)
Geographic Code:4EXRU
Date:Jul 15, 2016
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