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OBAMA THREATENS SYRIA, RUSSIA THREATENS AMERICA, AND SYRIA KEEPS ON KILLING
August 21 2012
Washington, D.C. – There are lines and then there are lines. Yesterday President Obama made it very clear to Syria that they had drawn one of those lines, a red line beyond which the government must not go, specifically in regard to chemical weapons.
That warning, essentially a threat, made it clear that despite relative inactivity by the United States and the West thus far that there were limits to their patience and if the government of Syria decided to escalate their actions, there would be a price to pay.
In response to those comments, both Russia and China have hit back at Obama and made it clear that they would accept no unilateral action in Syria, insinuating that they would go so far as to aid Syria in any battle against Western power should it come to that, an environment that could easily spark a much wider rift and war potentially far more destructive than anything going on inside Syria. Syrian officials, meanwhile, have not responded to either batch of comments and just continued on killing folks the way they have been doing for months while everyone else around them continues to bicker.
“I have, at this point, not ordered military engagement in the situation,” said Obama yesterday. “We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.”
Syria has the largest supply of chemical weapons of any country in the world including Mustard gas and Sarin and has been moving it all over the place in the last few months.
Russia and China have thus far halted any efforts to interfere with the stuff going on inside Syria, preferring the two sides to work it out either through talk or blood by themselves.
“This is certainly not a great situation because Syria is actually pretty darned likely to use those chemical weapons. In fact I would say it’s almost a sure thing or at least as sure as these things get and that means that the United States would have to act, which would mean Russia would have to act and then it becomes a real mess,” said Scrape TV International Conflict analyst Mario Martinez. “It’s very noble and both sides, Russia and the U.S., have valid points in their favour but we really need to question whether or not Syria or the Syrian people are worth this drama and potentially World War. Seems to me they aren’t.”
Syrian rebels have repeatedly asked for help, which they haven’t received while the government has gotten all kinds of help from Russia and China which hardly seems fair.
“I don’t think either side wants the world to end over Syria. I mean maybe Bashar Assad does but he doesn’t really get a vote. I doubt honestly that he has really thought about that all that much anyways. I would bet he’s just way too busy with killing people to worry about all this other drama going on around him,” continued Martinez. “I mean if he spent all his time worrying about Russia and China and the United States he wouldn’t have any time to authorize mass slaughters or the destruction of his cities and really, that’s what he’s good at. Quite good actually, nobody does it better.”
Assad could not be reached for comment as he was too busy having people killed.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent