Monday, September 09, 2013
Peacemaker: Putin Engineers Deal To Avert Strike On Syria
Russian President Vladimir Putin came out with a surprise move today that could avert a U.S. strike on Syria.
He proposed that the Assad regime turn over all of its chemical weapons to international control and agree to their subsequent destruction, as well as having Syria sign the international treaties prohibiting the use of chemical weapons, in exchange for a U.S. guarantee to forgo any action against the Assad regime and sent Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to deliver the message.
The Syrians ( according to Russia Today, always a somewhat questionable source) are amenable.
“Syrian Arab Republic welcomes Russia’s initiative, based on the Syrian’s government care about the lives of our people and security of our country,” Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said in response.
This is actually a win win for everyone if it works out. Putin gets credit from all sides for actually coming up with a workable solution that preserves Russia's prerogatives in Syria. Our clueless president gets the opportunity to save face and avoid a major political defeat over an unpopular and illegal war, although he will, of course, still claim credit and do some chest thumping about how he, Barack Obama made it all happen. Of course.
The Syrians get the opportunity of divesting themselves of weaponry that is difficult for them to use anyway in the current climate, any further incidents can be placed at the insurgent's doorstep, and the status quo, which has Assad defeating the insurgents remains in place.
And the rest of us, ideally, see some dangerous weapons removed from circulation.
Did you ever think that just maybe, that Nobel Peace Prize got awarded to the wrong person?