Russian Peace Plan: The Fallout Begins

September 11, 2013 15:56

President Obama took his case for Syrian intervention to the public in a national address (video/transcript).

See also the Wall St. Journal, which rounded up the highlights of the president’s six network interviews.

Obama speech

Fallout from the Russian initiative: According to Israeli media reports, when Moscow told Bashar Assad to give up its chemical weapons, the Russians sweetened the deal with a promise to bolster conventional arms sales. Syrian opposition figures bitterly opposed the compromise, some going so far as to call it a dirty deal benefiting only Israel, not them. Then there’s this from the Washington Times:

President Bashar Assad likely does not have complete control over Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons — one of the world’s largest — which is dispersed across the country and believed to have been shared with its allies, including the Iran-backed Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, analysts say.

Vladimir Putin enjoys throwing his weigh around:

Russia to offer Iran S-300 missiles, new nuclear reactor

The Syrian Situation

For the first time since the chemical weapons crisis, the Syrian air force attacked rebel areas around Damascus. Rebels told Reuters this is a sign that Assad no longer feels international pressure.

I’m relieved to be reminded that real Syrian moderates aren’t extinct. “Amin Muhammed” wants to launch a moderate, pro-Western political party that would normalize relations with Israel. He shared his vision with the Jerusalem Post.

Source material can be found at this site.

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