[ Note: I was happy to get the lead story on the Top Five last night, as we had some updated material in the UN vote during the day. Israel and the US have gone quiet, waiting to see what various countries do after the vote. Actions will speak louder than words.
The Arab League seems united, but all depends on what they do next, as in is there a plan, or are they still arguing about it. Or is it waiting to see if the US follows through on cutting funding, something that is not really a flick of the switch, particularly on weapons support which is most of what Egypt gets.
I am not sure how much we will see done between Christmas and New Years. But we do have the big Sochi meeting of the Syrian factions with a guest list of around 1500.
With the UN Geneva process dead due to the HNC being allowed to kill it, the ball is with those who should have it, those that really want to negotiate a deal. If they have a productive meeting, that will leave the High Negotiating Committee saboteurs out in the cold, where they should be.
The military defeat now has to be turned into a complete political defeat for all those who supported terror proxies in Syria, except for Turkey, who did, but wiggled itself into the peace process as a guarantor, and has guaranteed nothing in Idlib… JD ]
– First published … December 22, 2017 –