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On Syria - What affirmative Steps?

How may a durable ceasefire and a political solution in tune with international law be brought about?

The United States of America threatening to launch a military strike against Syria, this without United Nations (UN) Security Council approval, is a blatant violation of the UN Charter. Moreover, it is well known that the US and some of the other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) powers have been waging a proxy war through their armed support of the “opposition” in Syria, this in order to give it a huge advantage in any future negotiations with the Syrian government headed by Bashar al-Assad. Washington has confidently been claiming, without proper evidence, that the Syrian government used chemical weapons, but sections of the “international community” believe that the opposition may have deployed such weapons to provoke US intervention against Assad. Thankfully, so far, adverse domestic public opinion, the failure of the British government to secure parliamentary approval for participation in a military strike, and growing international opinion against US intervention have managed to restrain Washington from launching a military strike.

Meanwhile, there has been a Russian proposal that the Syrian government should place its stock of chemical weapons under international supervision, and already, Washington and Paris are trying to exploit such an opening to their advantage. Will they manage to frame a Security Council resolution based on the Russian proposal, adding on a whole lot of additional conditions to tie down Damascus, an alleged violation or non-compliance of which will then endorse US military action? (It might not be out of place to remind ourselves that US self-righteousness about the alleged use of chemical weapons is duplicitous – Washington used Agent Orange in Vietnam.)

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