That Syria has had the gall to seek any type of international help to battle the ISIL is simply cynical. That Assad now faces the fruits of his own created dissent, violence, death and destruction, is somehow a fitting form of justice to finally bring an end to his war that has killed some 200,000, including thousands of Syrian children - many gassed to death by his forces. Any western cooperation or coordination with Assad's forces would amount to high treason of the tenets of international law and of humanity and of democracy and of freedom.
The only assistance offered to Assad should be the humanitarian movement and evacuation of the innocents left in Syria.
Assad's foreign minister Walid al-Moualem must be rebuked on his presentation of his regime as a vital partner in the fight against the ISIL. Though he is true in determining that "Syria, geographically and operationally, is the center of the international coalition to fight Islamic State," and that "States must come to it if they are serious in combating terrorism," his claim that Assad was ready to work with any country fighting militants and that any air strikes in Syria without Damascus's approval would be considered hostile acts, is preposterous.
Assad's desire for coordination and cooperation with the west as a means to soften his charges of crimes against humanity must be disallowed. Assad, of whom President Obama's deputy national adviser, Ben Rhodes states:"He's part of the problem", as reported by Reuters, is not part of the problem - he is the problem, he is the gasser of women and children, he is guilty of crimes against humanity, he is the manufacturer of the conditions within Syria that has opened the door to the ISIL and others.
Thus, if Assad wants assistance, he must be aided in moving and evacuating the innocent left in Syria to places of refugee. With the remaining innocents safely out of Damascus, then two vermin could be neutralized as one.