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Security Council backs new Syria peace initiative

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which shall be formed on the basis of mutual consent while ensuring continuity of governmental institutions

"continuity of governmental institutions" means the Assad government stays in power

a transition would involve his [Assad's] exit from power, at some point in time.

"at some point in time" means not now. Basically, once he chooses his own successor and voluntarily steps down into an advisory position

Islamic State militants who have gained territory in Syria over the past year.

Wait a minute, the US bombing campaign against ISIS started last year, and during that period ISIS has actually gained territory. What's wrong America, can't take out Toyota Tundra pickup trucks in the dessert?

a plan to enlist the Damascus regime in the campaign against Islamic State jihadists but this was rejected by Saudi Arabia,

The Saudis reject any idea or plan that would lead to the defeat of ISIS. After all, Saudi Arabia funds, arms an supports ISIS.

Assad has won!

Assad has won!

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A dictator should realize that when you need to call in airstrikes on your own capital, maybe it's time to take the golden escape hatch.

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Assad has won! Assad has won!

Assad and his entire regime of cronies and family have become international pariahs. His country is in ruins with virtually all infrastructure destroyed by the conflict. Thousands upon thousands have been killed in the sectarian slaughter. Countless children lie murdered by his barrel bombing and by his genocidal opponents in ISIS. Millions have fled and now wander the planet as refugees. World Heritage sites are reduced to cinder and rubble. The economy of the entire region has been decimated and nearly everyone not aligned with the Ba'athists or Alawites now struggles in poverty. Forever maligned by history as a villain and despot, his legacy is one of the most tragic ever told. Yeah, some victory.

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The suffering caused by ISIS, Al Qaeda and other rebel groups is incalculable. But Syrians have proven themselves resilient, defiant and proud.

Syria is more united now than ever. There hasn't been a government defection in years and Damascus is safer than Baghdad.

And the war will end on Syrian government terms.

Assad has won and the Syrians who stuck together behind their country and government against foreign aggression will forever be proud.

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Syria will never be together again. Many northern Syrians don't want to be under an Alawite government again. Assad may keep his power, but he'll not regain the northern Syrians - he lost too much; a pyrrhic victory for him at best.

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Assad stepping down won't stop the fighting... and that'll never happen as long as IS are there. They couldn't care less about who's in power... they're insane and will want ALL of Syria... and Iraq, and wherever else they can reach, like some vile, revolting form of cancer.

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