Over 60,000 innocent people are dead in Syria due to refusal of President Bashar al-Assad to allow basic freedom for his own citizens. He has responded to each attempt at honest dialogue with guns and planes blasting away at those who refuse to accept his one man rule. National Coalition leader, Moaz al-Khatib, announced his willingness to enter into discussions with Assad even though many opponents demand as preliminary to talks, Assad has to be on a plane headed elsewhere. Khatib is supported by UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon who is willing to support dialogue with Assad and then have the Syrian leader depart.
A large percent of opposition leaders insist that first Assad leave and then they are prepared to enter into negotiations. UN special envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi wants negotiations to proceed with the understanding that Assad could participate but he has no role in the future of his nation. Perhaps, it is time to get dialogue going as long as it is clear that Assad can leave for Russia or China.