The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday said it welcomed a Russian proposal to avert U.S. military strikes by having Damascus turn over control of its chemical weapons to international monitors.
This is a very fast moving development. It started this morning when John Kerry mentioned it but was later deflated to learn he was only being rhetorical.
Russia stepped in and said this is a good idea.
Sect. Clinton with no need to be rhetorical, issued her own statement.
Now, if the regime immediately surrendered its stockpiles to international control as was suggested by Secretary Kerry and the Russians, that would be an important step. But this cannot be another excuse for delay or obstruction. And Russia has to support the international community’s efforts sincerely, or be held to account.
Syria, for their part, seems to be okay with this. Maybe that’s because they didn’t use them?
Anyway, the rebels (according to a news source I’m not sure is completely trustworthy) are accused of planning to use their own chemical weapons. Yes, they do have chemical weapons.
Don’t know what will happen, but I don’t know of many Americans who want to find themselves supporting Al Qaeda again (like we did in Afghanistan against the Russians).