Jim W. Dean interview – Saudis want full control over Syria peace talks


 by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor   … with Press TV,  Tehran

VT’s Jim Dean takes on a Syrian opposition shill in this The Debate show on Syrian peace talks.


The UN’s Staffan de Mistura held his ground

[ Note: We are on the eve of the talks and who is really coming seems to still be up in the air. But Staffan de Mistura did not humiliate the UN by letting the extortionists hijack the invitation list from him. At last reports we had a “for Syrians only” attendance rule put down to keep the barbarians out.

That has its limitations of course because all of the opposition groups have foreign backers and limited support inside Syria. The idea of a free election is not very exciting to them as they would be humiliated by such. So they are angling to offer themselves up as puppets for whoever can muscle them a slot in the new Syria after the dust settles.

My Debate opponent was a London based shill, still banging the “Assad must go before there can ever be peace.” All these Syrian shills are “dead men walking” because if there is ever any real election they would be toast, so they are betting the farm on being part of a Western backed puppet government something and stay on someone’s payroll…JD ]


Press TV conducts an interview with Jim W. Dean, the managing editor of VT from Atlanta, and Baraa Abdulla Sharaf Shiban, a political commentator from London, to discuss the upcoming Syria peace talks in Geneva.

Dean slams as “ridiculous” calls for the overthrow of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying such calls come despite the fact that Syria is a sitting United Nations government.

The Saudis are trying to take complete control of the international peace talks on the Syria crisis, adding that Riyadh seeks to draw up the opposition list itself and to prevent the participation of any other groups that it does not favor.

“This will give them a stranglehold on the talks, because they could just say ‘we are going to pick up our marbles and go home and you have no one to deal with,’” he adds.

However, he expresses hope that the peace talks would go ahead with the participation of the groups that really want the negotiations to bear fruit, even if other parties, including Saudi Arabia, refuse to take part in an attempt to derail the process.

He stresses the need for a ceasefire in Syria and a list of true opposition as the initial steps in the political process, saying the Syrian nation should decide its future through a national election.

Shiban, for his part, believes the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is the “root cause” of the crisis in Syria, saying the internationally-brokered talks would yield no results if this issue is not addressed.



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