The U.S.-Russian chemical weapons deal is a win-win-win for everyone except the Syrians.

The U.S.-Russian chemical weapons deal is a win-win-win for everyone except the Syrians..

You can try to sugarcoat death and defeat, but that will not change what they are. This deal is a diplomatic and a strategic loss even to the US, because sometimes “how we got there” is far more important than what has been achieved. The how in this case informs the what and seals its fate. We are here, because Obama is apathetic, Kerry a bungler , and Putin and Assad megalomaniac butchers. No deal reached between this four can prove lasting or good. Today, the Syrians will lose, even the pro-Assad fools, but as tomorrow will soon reveal, the fate of many other peoples is at stake as well, and it won’t be pretty.

المعارض عمار عبد الحميد لـ”النهار”: الخطة الروسية لن تنجح دون وضع حد للصراع

“النهار”12 أيلول 2013 الساعة 21:09

رأى المعارض السوري والناشط الحقوقي المقيم في واشنطن عمار عبد الحميد أنه “ونظراً لوجود عشرات من المواقع المكرسة لتصنيع وتخزين الأسلحة الكيميائية المنتشرة في جميع أنحاء سوريا ولتعقيد عملية تفكيك هذه الأسلحة، سيتطلب تنفيذ الخطة الروسية سنوات طويلة من العمل، وهو عمل لا يمكن أن يجري ما لم يتوفر حد أدنى من الأمان والإستقرار”. Continue reading “المعارض عمار عبد الحميد لـ”النهار”: الخطة الروسية لن تنجح دون وضع حد للصراع”

The Russian Proposal: Opportunity or Trap?

Published on NOW: September 10, 2013

This article published yesterday in NOW elaborates on a recent Facebook status, but it is obviously dated now after the Obama’s speech. Things are moving quickly and writing on current affairs is not easy. Still, the argument is the same: if President Obama truly believes in what he is peddling – that Assad needs to be punished, and eventually ousted – then, he needs to find a way to retrieve the initiative and launch his heralded limited strikes which, knowing the fragility of the Assad regime, will have a major impact on the conflict. Continue reading “The Russian Proposal: Opportunity or Trap?”

Small Window

President Obama should actually accept the Russian proposal calling for putting Assad’s chemical stockpiles under international monitoring as a prelude to disposing of them. The proposal has already been endorsed by the Assad regime. But it should be up to the Obama Administration to provide a plan and timetable regarding the specific steps that need to be taken in this regard. This should include the following points:

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