A political expert says the volatile situation in Syria will not allow a ceasefire due to divisions among the numerous petty warlords in the anti-government camp, Press TV reports.
On Thursday, Syria's General Command of Army announced nationwide truce for Eid al-Adha. The ceasefire, backed by the United Nations and the Arab League, was supposed to go into effect on Friday morning and last until Monday.
The General Command, however, stressed it would respond to "terrorist groups trying to reinforce their positions by arming themselves and getting reinforcements" as well as neighboring countries facilitating the smuggling of fighters across borders during that period.
“Well, I think the ceasefire is simply impossible because on the one hand, you have the Syrian government and I think they could observe a ceasefire ...but on the rebel side we have got upwards of 300 different death squads, 300 centers of initiative, 300 petty warlords,” US historian and author Webster Griffin Tarpley told Press TV on Friday.
“This is simply chaos,” Tarpley stressed, adding that the rivalries and conflicts among the insurgent sub-groups will not allow a truce to last.
“If one group is observing the ceasefire then certainly their rivals will want to show how radical they are by not observing the ceasefire,” he explained.
The analyst argued that the ongoing clashes in the northern flashpoint city of Aleppo and the firing of artillery shells at Damascus right before the truce indicated the anti-government forces and their foreign supporters are not after a ceasefire.
“There is no political will by the rebels to observe a ceasefire and the backers like the Saudis, the Bahrainis, Qatar and the Emirates, they don’t want their puppets to lie around and relax; they want them to get out there and destabilize the country,” Tarpley said.
“So I think this is a dead letter from the word go,” he stressed.