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The powder keg that is Syria
None of the participants in the Russian-sponsored agreement to have Syria declare its stockpile of chemical weapons (CW), join the United Nations Convention against Chemical Weapons, submit to inspection by an international team and facilitate the destruction of the weapons expects the agreement to end or even reduce the intensity of the civil war into which the country is now immersed with deadly violence.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State John Kerry, President Barack Obama’s man-of-business negotiating with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, acknowledge this as fact. Nonetheless, the assumed end of the chemical conflict is of some significance. In an article in the New York Times, President Putin said the agreement has prevented the use of force against Syria which would have resulted “in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders.”
The use of unilateral violence by the USA has saved another violation of international law. It surely prevented regional and international conflagration in the Middle East, potentially involving Israel, Palestine, parts of the Arab world and North Africa. While it is quite evident that neither Russia nor the USA wants to return to Cold War politics and/or the threat of engaging conflict by proxy on soil other than their own, the use of force by the US in Syria, especially if it were unilateral, would not have benefitted anyone.
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