The title of a recently released Al-Jazeera article is “Syria: POLITICAL STALEMATE threatens chemical weapons removal” (Web-site/URL: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/9/11/syria-political-stalematelooms.html).
“With world leaders DIVIDED over course of action on chemical weapons, CIVIL WAR RAGES ON“.
“As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov prepare to meet in Geneva on Thursday, hoping to find a diplomatic path to avoiding military intervention in the Syrian civil war, a MESSY and COMPLICATED political stalemate could be looming“. Again, we DON’T need any more stuff that’s “messy and complicated” right now.
“Russia has REJECTED U.S. and French demands for a binding U.N. resolution that would put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control — AN IDEA PROPOSED BY Russia — and condemn their use by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, with “VERY SEVERE (?) consequences” for Syrian non-compliance”. There are THREE things to note here. First, Russia will ALMOST ALWAYS “reject” US ideas because Russia, like CHINA, is UNDEMOCRATIC. This also used to be true for the French in the run-up to the second IRAQ invasion The second point we must make is related because the Russians are “rejecting an idea” THEY THEMSELVES “proposed”. On top of this, once again, we see the phrase “very severe consequences”, but WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THESE ARE.
“And in Damascus, a senior government official said the Russian proposal is a “broad headline” that still needs to be developed. He said Syria was ready to sign a chemical weapons convention, but not if such a move is forced by foreign powers“, as if BASHAR AL-ASSAD DOESN’T “force” anyone to do things (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday (September 12, 2013) questioned Syria’s motives for agreeing to comply with the Russian proposal to cede control of its chemical weapons, saying Assad was buying time for new “MASSACRES”. THIS IS TRUE.
“in a speech in Istanbul”, Erdogan said: “The Assad regime HAS NOT lived up to any of its pledges; it has WON TIME FOR NEW MASSACRES and continues to do so“. THIS CANNOT HAPPEN.
Finally, “A senior U.N. diplomat speaking on condition of anonymity told The Associated Press that the meeting between Kerry and Lavrov will be an exploratory session to gauge whether they can embark on “the HERCULEAN task” of dismantling Syria’s chemical weapons while the country is at war”. THIS (i.e. “dismanti WILL DEFINITELY TAKE “a herculean effort” = ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE.
To conclude, let’s return once again to the title: “Syria: POLITICAL STALEMATE threatens chemical weapons removal“. Again the longer this “stalemate” drags