In a recent segment on BBC, Peter Ford, the UK Ambassador to Syria from 2003-2006, was asked if Assad is part of the solution in Syria to solve the so-called quagmire. He said:

“I think sadly, but inevitably, he is. Realistically, Assad is not going to be overthrown. This becomes more clear with every day that passes. Western analysts have been indulging in wishful thinking for 5 years; it’s time to get real, we owe it to the Syrian people to be much more realistic and hard headed about this. The West has to stop propping up the so-called ‘moderate opposition’, which is not moderate at all by the way, and it has to allow the Syrian Army backed possibly by the Russians to deal with IS.”

The frustrated interviewer asked Mr. Ford about “what we should have done,” and he responded that “we should have backed off, we should have not tried to overthrow the regime.” Mr. Ford eloquently added that this policy has been “like a dog returning to vomit.”

In regards to the recent Munich agreement, Ford said “the ink wasn’t dry on the paper before our Foreign Secretary started to badmouth it and give the opposition an opening to reject it which is what has happened. This will be a dreadfully missed opportunity.” This negotiation may likely fall in a long line of failed negotiations, notably the one mentioned by the Huffington Post a few days ago. In 2012, the Annan peace settlement, which only lead to escalated violence.

 You can watch the video.

Share this article:
  •  
  • 2
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  • 16
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    18
    Shares
ALSO READ  Pictures: Largest-ever ISIS weapons cache falls into Syrian Army hands
Brad Blankenship is an American student of philosophy and political science as well as the director of Al-Masdar's podcast.

Notice: All comments represent the view of the commenter and not necessarily the views of AMN.

All comments that are not spam or wholly inappropriate are approved, we do not sort out opinions or points of view that are different from ours.

If your comment is held for moderation, please just be patient, it will be published unless it falls into one of the two categories as mentioned above.

Discuss

10 Comments on "Former UK Ambassador to Syria: Assad is not going to be overthrown"

Notify of
avatar
Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
Medina Minds
Guest

it was a very interesting show.

Member
Regular
Commenter
Upvoted

It is Peter ford, not Robert Ford. Robert Ford is the former US warmonger diplomat.

loc v nguyen
Guest

Sir,AFTER MILLIONS OF MIDDLE-EASTERNERS(INNOCENT CHILDREN, WOMEN, MEN) WERE KILLED! USA MISCALCULATE BADLY M-E SYRIA VIETNAM!

vujadin
Guest
vujadin

What is the name of the show?

Guest
Regular
Upvoted
Commenter
Dr. James Padgett

Great to hear from the former UK ambassador – may his words be believed and heeded

Abu Iman
Guest
Abu Iman

P E T E R Ford is his name. Not to be confused with Robert Ford – the former US ambassador who backed and is still publicly backing the terrorists.

Member
Regular
Commenter
Upvoted
ziad welds

i was just asking about this confusion ,,thank you ,not to mention ford was there until 2011 not 2006

Member
Regular
Commenter
Upvoted
ziad welds

im confused at the name,,but robert ford is a former US ambassador to syria and he was there till 2011

Mary Shabbiha Woodward
Guest

Interesting how ‘exes’ are making such statements as ‘friends’ are reporting, non-stop, about the Syria-hating secessionists working to balkanize the SAR.

LEO
Guest
LEO

people!this is HUGE!ok,ofcourse an ex.official,but still a very credible person in the west. PUT IT AS THE FRONT NEWS!

wpDiscuz