SDF proposal to Damascus


"The Hawar News Agency released a detailed report that highlighted all of the topics that are going to be discussed with the Syrian government.

According to the report, the following is the Syrian Democratic Council’s (SDF) roadmap to peace:

1.Unity of the Syrian land

2 The system in Syria is a democratic republic, and Autonomous Administration is part of this system.

3 Autonomous Administrations have representatives in parliament in the center of Damascus, through their representatives.

4 Along with the Syrian flag, there should be flags representing Autonomous Administrations.

5. Diplomacy in the areas of Autonomous Administrations does not go contrary to the interests of the Syrian people and constitution.

6 Syrian Democratic Forces are part of the Syrian army, which is responsible for protecting the Syrian border.

7. The Internal Security Forces in the areas of Autonomous Administration operate according to the local councils in a manner that does not contradict with the Syrian constitution.

8. Learning in the mother tongue is the basis of education in the areas of Autonomous Administration, and Arabic is the official language throughout Syria.

9. In Autonomous Administration areas, education in local languages is taught in faculties of history, culture, languages, literature and the like.

10. Distributing the Syrian wealth to the Syrian regions in a fair manner.

Earlier this week, Al-Masdar reported that the Syrian Kurds and Damascus have restarted peace talks in order to achieve a peaceful settlement before the Turkish regime attempts to implement their safe zone."  AMN


Arabs and indeed Muslims generally have an aversion to federal or confederated systems of governmental organization.  They have an instinctive desire to see unitary states, rather than these other systems which they see as disunity leading to weakness.

There have been attempts to create such federated governments; the Federation of South Arabia, the United Arab Republic (variously configured over time), a union of Iraq and Jordan was attempted, etc.  The only country so organized that has succeeded is The United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the Gulf.  IMO that works because it is a VERY loose association of princely states, each of which runs its own affairs to a large extent.  The UAE is a very unusual place.  In Dubai where I resided for a while, the police stop people driving under the influence, and drive them home with the patrol car following along behind.  And, I remember a hotel where I sometimes ate brunch including Smithfield ham cut from a ham in a brace on the buffet and a pint of bitter.  Different, the ME as it should be, something like the American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem.

Well, pilgrims, based on long and often unhappy experience I think that the Kurds will not get anything from the SAG that looks or smells like federalism but they might get a lot of this if they get a move on and submit to the national government before the Turks start to move south.  pl

BTW, the DIA civilian killed in Manbij was a member of a unit I created.  TTG may know him.

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