What The NY Times portrays as a ‘deal’ after decades of ‘inertia’, is a deal to do nothing in Syria should Syria decide to not abide by the UN agreement and give up their chemical weapons. Everyone knows it is a deal without any substance, but the press continues to carry Mr. Obama’s water and sell it as viable and effective plan, even after Mr. Obama’s embarrassing and indecisive sctions on Syria.
The UN Security Council has agreed to a resolution that will require Syria to give up its chemical weapons but it’s an agreement with no automatic enforcement measures whatsoever.
If Syria fails to comply, the Security Council could take measures under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which could include economic sanctions and military action. However, that will never happen since any action must be preceded by further deliberations of the Security Council. Russia is a member of the Security Council and holds a veto. Russia has said repeatedly that they would not enact meaningful sanctions should Syria fail to comply. They have vehemently rejected military action.
In other words, there are no repercussions. Russia and Syria have won with masterful manipulation and Obama was very willing to go along with it.
Major General Idris of The Free Syrian Army was Assad’s Brigadier General before he defected. He said recently that Assad hides his chemical weapons in Iran and Lebanon and would never relinquish them.
“After its failure to wage war against Syria, the US seeks to refer the Muslim country’s case to the Security Council,” member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hojatollah Souri said on Friday.
The Iranians are accurate.
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