Syria #2: To The Brink Of War And Back

A lot has happened since my previous post. Obama got what he wanted: no military intervention in Syria. Instead, Putin reached out to Obama and together they’ve come up with a political solution: Assad should destroy all chemical weapons by mid- 2014 and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will be doing inspections. A soft UN resolution was passed on Friday the 27th of September. Soft, because military intervention is completely out of the picture now. In the case Assad does not get rid of his chemical weapons, a new resolution mandating military intervention still has to pass the security council – which, of course, wouldn’t happen. Ever.

Cold war with Iran not behind us yet

Negotiations between Iran and the so-called P5+1 – the US, China, Russia, France, the UK, Germany, and, oh yes, Catherine Ashton could come too – have failed to produce an agreement. Part II will take place on the 20th of November, but less important people will show up there. Don’t get your hopes up.

So what went wrong? First, the rumor said France was to be blamed. As a result, dozens of disappointed Iranians, eager to have the sanctions lifted, “bombed” – appropriate choice of words? – Laurent Fabius’ Facebook page with indignant messages. John Kerry later said that it was actually Iran that pulled the plug out of the negotiations. Did he receive an angry phone call from Fabius or something?

A Fairy Tale For Syria

“It is regrettable, Ladies and Gentlemen, that seated amongst us today in this room, are representatives of countries that have the blood of Syrians on their hands, countries that have exported terrorism along with clemency for the perpetrators, as if it was their God given right to determine who will go to heaven and who will go to hell.” – Walid Al-Moallem, Syrian Foreign Minister.

Geneva II is off to a rocky start. The absence of Iran looms over the conference and the Syrian regime sounds far from conciliatory.The words of the Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moallem, blaming several countries for having blood on their hands, sound unbelievably hypocritical considering the hands of the Assad regime are bloody as hell. Human Right groups have documented the various forms of extreme violence and forced disappearances that even increased since the international outrage over the chemical attack in August, and they are pointing fingers?