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"The United States is prepared to work with any nation, including Russia and Iran, to resolve the conflict. But we must recognize that there cannot be, after so much bloodshed, so much carnage, a return to the pre-war status quo."- U.S. President Obama last month at the U.N.- U.S. President Obama last month at the U.N.
"I relate to my colleagues, the American and French presidents, with great respect. But they aren't citizens of Syria, and so shouldn't be involved in choosing the leadership of another country. It's Syria's business. Although this is of course a deep and bloody conflict, we at the same time will insist on a political solution and a political process."- Russian President Putin last month at the U.N.- Russian President Putin last month at the U.N.
"Whenever the Syrian people want to change their president, It should be changed right away through constitutional process. That's how we change presidents, not through terrorism, and external intervention."- Bashar al-Assad in March 2015- Bashar al-Assad in March 2015
Until recently, much of the world opinion would have agreed with president Obama that the dire situation inside Syria cannot be solved without regime change.
But that could be changing. With the arrival of Russia's military inside Syria... and the refugee crisis growing worse each week... there are new calls to forge ahead with a political solution in Syria.
Even one that leaves President Assad in power... for now.
- Karim Emile Bitar is the director of research at the Institute for International and Strategic Relations. He was in Beirut, Lebanon.
- Faisal Alazem is a spokesperson for the Syrian Canadian Council in Montreal.
This segment was produced by The Current's Julian Uzielli and Lara O'Brien.