Is the US going to make another push for unilateral action against Syria? Despite the fact that Syria has cooperated fully of it's own accord with the CW inspection?
US Obduracy in Syrian Crisis
US Obduracy in Syrian Crisis
Various Western politicians are refusing to comprehend the new situation that has emerged in the Syrian crisis following the Geneva agreement between Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry. The results of the Russian-American consultations have given a real chance for the complete destruction of the chemical weapons arsenal in Syria thereby forestalling any new attempt of their use. This goal is far more significant than the search for the initiators of the chemical attack in the Damascus suburbs. The plans for the destruction of chemical weapons cannot possibly be instantly realised in practical terms without the support and cooperation of the Syrian authorities. The logic of this realisation makes Bashar al-Assad an important participant in the international efforts on this score. Against this backdrop the White House’s endeavours to initiate a law-suit against Bashar al-Assad, accusing him of offences against humanity, would prove to be totally counter-productive by all reckoning. If this initiative on the part of Washington is translated into reality it could substantively complicate matters and in that situation Damascus’ cooperation in the destruction of chemical weapons may not be forthcoming.At the bottom I have relinked my previous post regarding Syria. While Syria is cooperating fully the US seems hell bent on pushing their regime change agenda.
The White House, meanwhile, intends to incorporate a reference to Chapter 7 of the UN Charter in the text of the latest UN resolution regardless of the extent of the Syrian authorities’ cooperation in identifying and destroying chemical weapons. The relevant chapter allows the use of military force in similar situations. This is the second factor obstructing the achievement of progress in defusing and resolving the Syrian crisis.
At this stage tough measures springing from a strong-arm approach are not at all necessary since Syria has voluntarily adhered to the Convention for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Simul-taneoulsy the Syrian authorities have taken concrete steps to disclose information regarding the arsenal of chemical weapons in the hands of the country’s armed forces.
The US, on its part, is intentionally taking a pessimistic view on the premise of the unworkability of the Russian-American framework agreement due to the complexity of the search and destruction of chemical weapons in conditions of war wherein the problems of the UN experts’ security, unreliability of the verification mechanism and lack of financial resources assume serious proportions. These difficulties are doubtless real and need to be tackled directly without any element of equivocation. But these are essentially of technical nature. What is indisputable is that it is impossible to overcome the problems by resorting to military strikes. However, Washington is seeking to includs the threat of use of force in the text of the new UN resolution with the purpose of projecting once more the model of the world order advocated by the US: pressing ahead along its own course of solving crises relying exclusively on unilateral actions.Background: Syria Cooperates while the West Twists the Knife