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Boris Dolgov
September 14, 2013
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The Russia’s diplomatic proposal to transfer the Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons under international control and its subsequent liquidation froze for the time being the Washington’s plans to unleash a military intervention against Syria. It has also moved the situation development to a new phase…

The Syrian leadership expressed its readiness to comply and officially joined the international convention that bans chemical weapons. The decision was supported by the General Secretary of United Nations. Syrian President Bashar Assad said all the cases, when chemical weapons were used, should be investigated, including the events in Aleppo, where anti-government forces launched chemical weapons-tipped rockets killing hundreds. President Assad underscored that it was imperative to know all the details and make precise who exactly perpetrated the crime.  The International Commission of Inquiry on Syria said in its latest report, delivered to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council on September 11, that the anti-Government forces have committed “war crimes, including murder, execution without due process, torture, hostage-taking and attacking protected objects,” as well as besieging and indiscriminately shelling civilian neighbourhoods.” The findings produced in the document are based on the evidence collected during the two-month period between 15 May and 15 July 2013.

The US accusations stating that the Syrian government forces used chemical weapons near Damascus in August 2013, that is on the very same day the United Nations inspectors came into the country, are absolutely groundless. The Syrian army has gained ground against militants in recent months; it is absurd to affirm that it used the weapons in the area of its own location. It’s also senseless to say the Syria government used the weapons at the moment of UN inspectors’ arrival.

 The use of chemical weapons in August 2013 was a provocation staged by Syria armed opposition in order to create a pretext for US intervention into Syria.   At that, the US goes on insisting the Syrian government is guilty. According to the administration, the strike is only delayed, the decision to deliver it is not reversed. 

The Washington’s cynicism goes too far, especially if one keeps in mind that the US used chemical weapons in Vietnam in the 1970s killing thousands civilians. Those who were children those days grew up to face the consequences suffering from diseases caused by poisoning.

After the Soviet Union was dismembered the United Sates have unleashed four wars in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

In Yugoslavia and Iraq US troops used depleted uranium munitions causing ecological catastrophes and radioactive contamination. In Iraq it gave rise to immense cancer growth affecting adults as well as children. NATO bombings in Yugoslavia in 1999 caused environment in area around the Danube river. Back then Austria refused to let NATO aviation cross its airspace and warned it would defend it in case of violations. It is worth to note, Austria has taken the same stance towards Syria now – it has refused to approve a military action without a United Nations Security Council resolution and said no to NATO flights across its national air space.

In Syria the US pursues the very same goal – to overthrow the regime by all means.  It is an outright hypocrisy when the United States government says the planned action does not envision “interference into the civil war”.  This kind of keeping away from meddling in actually means that the USA plans to start a war against Syria joining together with Al Qaeda. 

Now it can be said that the prospect of military strike against Syria is postponed.Lakhdar Brahimi, the Joint Special Representative for Syria, met in Geneva jointly with US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the talks on September 13. According to him, an agreement is reached on would-be transfer of Syrian chemical weapons under international control. The next round of talks is scheduled on September 28 to discuss the prospects for Geneva-2 conference.  But there should be no illusions about the goals of US policy. Those who stand for peace in the Middle East have gained time, but the United States is expected to be seeking new excuses to unleash a military aggression…

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Syria’s Crisis Enters New Phase

The Russia’s diplomatic proposal to transfer the Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons under international control and its subsequent liquidation froze for the time being the Washington’s plans to unleash a military intervention against Syria. It has also moved the situation development to a new phase…

The Syrian leadership expressed its readiness to comply and officially joined the international convention that bans chemical weapons. The decision was supported by the General Secretary of United Nations. Syrian President Bashar Assad said all the cases, when chemical weapons were used, should be investigated, including the events in Aleppo, where anti-government forces launched chemical weapons-tipped rockets killing hundreds. President Assad underscored that it was imperative to know all the details and make precise who exactly perpetrated the crime.  The International Commission of Inquiry on Syria said in its latest report, delivered to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council on September 11, that the anti-Government forces have committed “war crimes, including murder, execution without due process, torture, hostage-taking and attacking protected objects,” as well as besieging and indiscriminately shelling civilian neighbourhoods.” The findings produced in the document are based on the evidence collected during the two-month period between 15 May and 15 July 2013.

The US accusations stating that the Syrian government forces used chemical weapons near Damascus in August 2013, that is on the very same day the United Nations inspectors came into the country, are absolutely groundless. The Syrian army has gained ground against militants in recent months; it is absurd to affirm that it used the weapons in the area of its own location. It’s also senseless to say the Syria government used the weapons at the moment of UN inspectors’ arrival.

 The use of chemical weapons in August 2013 was a provocation staged by Syria armed opposition in order to create a pretext for US intervention into Syria.   At that, the US goes on insisting the Syrian government is guilty. According to the administration, the strike is only delayed, the decision to deliver it is not reversed. 

The Washington’s cynicism goes too far, especially if one keeps in mind that the US used chemical weapons in Vietnam in the 1970s killing thousands civilians. Those who were children those days grew up to face the consequences suffering from diseases caused by poisoning.

After the Soviet Union was dismembered the United Sates have unleashed four wars in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

In Yugoslavia and Iraq US troops used depleted uranium munitions causing ecological catastrophes and radioactive contamination. In Iraq it gave rise to immense cancer growth affecting adults as well as children. NATO bombings in Yugoslavia in 1999 caused environment in area around the Danube river. Back then Austria refused to let NATO aviation cross its airspace and warned it would defend it in case of violations. It is worth to note, Austria has taken the same stance towards Syria now – it has refused to approve a military action without a United Nations Security Council resolution and said no to NATO flights across its national air space.

In Syria the US pursues the very same goal – to overthrow the regime by all means.  It is an outright hypocrisy when the United States government says the planned action does not envision “interference into the civil war”.  This kind of keeping away from meddling in actually means that the USA plans to start a war against Syria joining together with Al Qaeda. 

Now it can be said that the prospect of military strike against Syria is postponed.Lakhdar Brahimi, the Joint Special Representative for Syria, met in Geneva jointly with US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the talks on September 13. According to him, an agreement is reached on would-be transfer of Syrian chemical weapons under international control. The next round of talks is scheduled on September 28 to discuss the prospects for Geneva-2 conference.  But there should be no illusions about the goals of US policy. Those who stand for peace in the Middle East have gained time, but the United States is expected to be seeking new excuses to unleash a military aggression…