The title of a recently released Al-Jazeera article is “US and Russia AGREE ON (?) ‘framework‘ to remove Syrian chemical weapons” (Web-site/URL: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/9/14/us-and-russia-seeplanforremovingsyrianchemicalweapons.html).
“Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov ANNOUNCE ACCORD (?) at Geneva press conference”.
“After three days of talks, the United States and Russia have reached an agreement on a framework for removing chemical weapons from Syria, top diplomats from both countries said at a press conference Saturday morning (September 14, 2013) in Geneva”.
“U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the progress of the removal would need stringent verification, but could represent the first steps to finding a political solution to Syria’s two-year-old civil war, which has left more than 100000 people dead and CREATED A REFUGEE CRISIS” in neighboring countries, such as LEBANON.
“The framework calls for the complete removal and eventual destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile — likely by the middle of next year (2014), Kerry said”.
“Syria MUST provide an account of its weapons within a week, according to the agreement”. “must” implies that the “force and pain technique” will be used (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
More specifically, Kerry said: “We have AGREED (?) on a more defined process which includes the unfettered (i.e. unrestricted) access of inspectors“.
“The agreement DOES NOT include any language regarding the use of force IF Syria fails to comply with the deal, Lavrov said”. and in all likelihood Syria WILL “fail to comply with the deal”.
“IF Syria fails to comply, the United Nations (UN) Security Council would DEBATE punitive measures against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad”. Again, WE STILL DON’T KNOW what these “punitive measures” will be, because countries such as Russia and CHINA have repeatedly wielded their veto powers IN SUPPORT OF the tyrant Assad. So, again, IT’S NOT a question of “If” here because Syria has “(failed) to comply” and they continue to REFUSE “to comply” with ANY UN resolutions.
“Kerry added that the “the President of the United States ALWAYS retains the right to DEFEND the United States of America and our INTERESTS“. Again, this is all about NATIONAL “interests”.
“The United Nations said Saturday (September 14, 2013) it had received all documents necessary for Syria to join the chemical weapons convention and that Syria would come under the treaty starting on Oct. 14 (2013). Again the question is: WILL Syria join and more importantly will they ABIDE BY THE RULES & REGULATIONS OF THE TREATY IF THEY JOIN?
In a statement, the UN press office said: “The Convention will enter into force for the Syrian Arab Republic on the 30th day following the date of deposit of this instrument of accession, namely on 14 October, 2013″.
“In a statement from the White House, President Barack Obama said Saturday (September 14 2013) the deal represents progress but that “MUCH WORK REMAINS TO BE DONE“, LEAVING OPEN THE POSSIBILITY OF U.S. intervention“. Again this is only a “possibility” but the longer the strike doesn’t materialize, the longer we’ll hear the HORRIFYING phrase “THIS IS IT” implying that many WON’T make it (Web-site/URL: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/wounded-syrian-refugees-children-pour-jordan-hospital-20231940). “The United States will continue working with RUSSIA (?), the United Kingdom, France, the United Nations and others to ensure that this process is verifiable and that THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES (?) SHOULD the Assad regime not comply with the framework agreed today (September 14 2013)”. “there are consequences”. We’ve seen/read/heard this phrase so many times, but again, WE STILL DON’T KNOW what these “consequences” are. “And, IF diplomacy fails, the United States REMAINS PREPARED TO ACT“. Well “diplomacy” HAS ALREADY “failed” or at least STILL HASN’T SUCCEEDED and “the United States” STILL HASN’T “acted” yet.
“But some U.S. lawmakers have already called the policy move a mistake”.
“Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina say friends and enemies of the U.S. will view the deal reached with Russia on destroying Syria’s chemical weapons as “an act of PROVOCATIVE WEAKNESS“ by the US”. This is A DAMNING CRITICISM.
More specifically, “in a joint statement”, McCain and Graham said: “Assad will use the months and months afforded to him to DELAY and DECEIVE the world using every trick in SADDAM HUSSEIN‘s playbook“. McCain and Graham are still tying Assad‘s chemical weapons with the FAULTY premise that SADDAM HUSSEIN had WMDs (weapons of mass destruction) in IRAQ. McCain and Graham are both senior members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“The Pentagon, for its part, said the credible threat of U.S. military force has been key in driving the unfolding diplomatic process to rid Syria of chemical weapons and possibly find a resolution to its civil war”.
“But Russia would not have agreed to a U.N. Security Council resolution that included a provision for the use of force, which formed a background for the discussion between the U.S. and Russia, a senior (Obama) administration official told Al Jazeera“. “That’s the essence of the NEGOTIATION (?) and either way, it DOESN’T alter the credible threat of U.S. military action that remains in place“. Do POLITICIANS “negotiate?”
“China, one of Syria’s STRONGEST ALLIES, welcomed the agreement early on Sunday (September 15, 2013)”. “Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his visiting French counterpart, Laurent Fabius” “WE BELIEVE that this framework agreement has ameliorated the present EXPLOSIVE and TENSE situation in Syria and has OPENED A NEW PERSPECTIVE on using PEACEFUL (?) methods to resolve the Syrian chemical weapons issue“. There are FOUR things to note here. First, this “situation” IS DEFINITELY “explosive and tense”. Secondly, HAS THIS “opened a new perspective?” Thirdly, given that we’re talking about CHINA, this in all likelihood WILL NOT be “peaceful”. Just think how VIOLENTLY they’ve dealt with the SENKAKU Islands dispute. On top of all this, this is a BELIEF or more accurately the CHINESE INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI) because China, like Syria, is UNDEMOCRATIC.
“Fabius said the deal is an “important step FORWARD (?)” ARE WE MOVING “forward?” “He is scheduled to meet with Kerry and British Foreign Secretary William Hague in Paris Monday (September 16, 2013) to discuss the approval and implementation of the agreement”. Will this “meeting” be PRODUCTIVE/FRUITFUL?
“The head of the U.N., Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, also welcomed the deal in a statement Saturday (September 14, 2013)”. “The Secretary General expresses his FERVENT HOPE that the agreement will, first, prevent any future use of chemical weapons in Syria and second, help pave the path for a POLITICAL (?) solution to stop the APPALLING suffering inflicted on the Syrian people”. There are TWO things to note here. First, this seems to be A STATEMENT from the UN Secretary-General’s office. Secondly, “fervent hope” once again, DOES NOT sound optimistic.
Finally, “Gen. Salim Idris, commander of the opposition Syrian Military Council, DECRIED the deal, saying rebels feel “BETRAYED by the international community” because the plan WILL NOT resolve Syria’s crisis” again obviously. “At a news conference (on September 14, 2013)”, Idris said: “WE WILL WORK TOWARD toppling Assad”. Again, we DON’T have any indication that this will happen anytime soon.
So, regardless of whether the US and Russia agree or not, we’re still NO CLOSER to finding a solution to the Syrian bloodbath.