U.s., Russia Agree On Syria U.n. Chemical Arms Measure

The US and its allies, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey have actively paid for and orchestrated the importation into Syria of both fighters and weapons. This flow provides the rebels with hope and the necessary push to challenge Syrian state forces. Without aid from the US allies in the region, the rebels, unpopular and brutal as they are, would likely have been kicked out of Syria long ago. In fact, their tactical success has been limited even with Western support, which has been the reason for the push to deepen US involvement. Now that a path to peace has been officially established, Washingtons commitment to peace is revealed by recent reports the CIA has begun direct armament of the rebels , no doubt intended to help Obama “welcome the influence of all nations that can help bring about a peaceful resolution of Syrias civil war”. What is also missed in the demonizations of Russia and Syria are the actions of the US and its loyal allies to undermine the current negotiations. In fact, amidst recent negotiations the American media has largely ignored the claims of the Russian foreign ministry that the US sought to extract from Russia a concession that will provide automatic UN authorization to intervene in Syria militarily if, in the future, it is discovered to be in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention . It was also reported that Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia , [noted to be President Bushs (Sr.) Arab “son” as a result of the Bush family and House of Sauds close ties and the “CIAs Man in Riyadh” ] offered Russia concessions in the world oil market and protection for Russia interests in Syria if Russia would allow for Assad to be ousted from Syria. He also offered Russia protection from Chechen terrorists at the upcoming Olympics. He is reported to have offered (or threatened) “I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us”.

Demonizing Russia and Hiding US Duplicity

The compromise draft resolution, obtained by Reuters, makes the measure legally binding, but provides for no means of automatic enforcement as the United States, Britain and France originally wanted. Power said the resolution was groundbreaking because the council, which has been deadlocked for years on the Syrian civil war, formally endorsed for the first time a plan for a political transition in Syria that was agreed on at an international conference in Geneva in June 2012. ‘BREAKTHROUGH’ The only reference to enforcement in the draft is a threat that if Syria fails to comply with the resolution, the council would impose unspecified punitive measures under Chapter 7, which would require a second resolution that Russia could veto. A U.S. State Department official hailed the deal as a “breakthrough.” “The Russians have agreed to support a strong, binding and enforceable resolution that unites the pressure and focus of the international community on the Syrian regime to ensure the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons,” the official said. Diplomats from the permanent Security Council members – China, Russia, the United States, France and Britain – had been haggling over the details of a resolution to back the American-Russian accord announced on September 14 in Geneva to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons. Assad agreed to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons amid an international outcry over a sarin gas strike in the suburbs of Damascus last month – the world’s deadliest chemical attack in 25 years. Washington has blamed Assad’s forces for the attack, which it said killed more than 1,400 people, and President Barack Obama threatened a U.S. military strike in response. Russia and Assad have blamed the attack on rebels battling to overthrow him in a civil war that, according to the United Nations, has left more than 100,000 people dead. British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said he was pleased the draft resolution called for “accountability” for those responsible for the chemical attacks, although he added he would have liked a direct reference to the International Criminal Court in The Hague – something diplomats said Russia opposed. TOUGH NEGOTIATIONS In a speech to the U.N.