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Russia Suggests UN Guard Assad’s Chemical Weapons

Russia suggests Assad turn over chemical weapons to the UN. Then Obama can call off an attack and Assad can claim he captured poison gas from rebels. But what about the nerve gas the Assad keeps hidden?
Russia suggests that Assad turnover chemical weapons to the international community

Russia suggests that Assad turnover chemical weapons to the international community

Russia out-checked President Barack Obama Monday by suggesting that Syrian President Bassar al-Assad turn over his chemical weapons to international control for supervision and destruction, a move that would satisfy Americana demands to call off an attack

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov came up with the idea only hours after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the United States would call off the planned military strike if Assad turns over chemical weapons to international control by the end of the week.

Kerry added, Assad “isn’t about to do it.”

However, that was before Lavrov spoke. Russia is Syria’s strongest and only, supporter in the Western world.Moscow said, “Boo” and Assad blinked.

Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said the regime “welcomes Russia’s initiative, based on the Syrian government’s care about the lives of our people and security of our country.” The quick and positive response raises the possibility, if not probability, that Russian coordinated its proposal with Syria.

But how can Assad turn over chemicals weapons when he says he has none?

That should be no problem for him. All he has to do is report that his brave soldiers commandeered a rebel base in the middle of nowhere and confiscated the poison gas and other biological and chemical weapons.

The bigger problem, which Lavrov did not mention, is what happens if the United States rejects Assad’s claims that he has handed over all of the goods and is not keeping some stashed away for “safe keeping?”

Until the bridge has to be crossed, Lavrov first has to convince Assad to come clean, or at least half-clean.

Lavrov make it clear that Russia would try to convince Assad to turn over the chemical weapons on condition that it “would allow avoiding strikes.”

“We are calling on the Syrian leadership to not only agree on placing chemical weapons storage sites under international control, but also on its subsequent destruction and fully joining the treaty on prohibition of chemical weapons,” Lavrov said.

He added that he expects a “quick, and, hopefully, positive answer.”

The international control, presumably under the auspices of the United Nations, would take over the weapons and keep them out of the hands of rebels and Assad’s army.

If Assad agrees, then everyone could climb down the ladder for a while, except for that big problem of Assad’s likelihood to continue to walk straight as a snake and hold on to some of the weapons banned by international conventions.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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7 Responses to “Russia Suggests UN Guard Assad’s Chemical Weapons”

  1. tau2908 says:

    Appears to be one band-aid attempt at negotiations to avoid a strike- now it is up to
    the US to support the UN resolutions to ensure
    that chemical warfare bans and other sanctions
    are leveled against the guilty parties. In a world
    of diplomats, diplomacy works best. Democracy
    is most effective with the WORLD united against
    the violations in Syria.

  2. truthseekr says:

    I don’t trust the UN, but there should be accountability. Once the weapons are secured by the UN, if Assad uses them again, he should be charged with violating international laws and be hunted down and imprisoned. Unfortunately, he is the best Syria has in terms of protecting minorities like the Christians, so who wants to join the attack against him? Take away these most heinous weapons & let them continue to destroy themselves.

  3. TomTuna says:

    If it is illegal to use chem weapons, why is it legal to have them? And mark my words- Barak Hussein will soon manufacture another crisis to arm the Islamists in Syria (or somewhere nearby.) 1000+ fatalities from sarin gas is horrific, criminal and inexcusable… but what about Obama’s Benghazi donation of 20,000 SAM-7 shoulder held missile launchers? That is easily 100,000 murdered Israelis.

  4. TomTuna says:

    truthseekr What is Putin’s move? Trade the sarin for more S-300′s?

  5. Yechiel Baum says:

    Remember when the Usless Necessity were to guard Israel and be a buffer between the Israeli's and the Arabs and Nasser and Assad ordered them out so they could attack Israel? Do you think the UN can be trusted since they do not seem to be capable stopping the Hizbullah in Lebanon or in the Sinai.

  6. . Senator Harry Reid has just compared the situation in Syria with that of the Holocaust. There is no comparison since this is a civil war and no one can definitely state which side is using chemical warfare, if not both. Syria is a quagmire. We will get into it and not have an exit strategy. If we are going to war it should be against Iran; declaring war on Syria is basically fighting Iran. I predict this war will end up like Iraq, which I was also against, with boots on the ground and many young American lives lost. I do not know President Obama personally nor have I ever met him. My position regarding his leadership abilities and policies has never changed. He does not have the ability to be a commander in chief and has lost credibility throughout the world. The TV pictures showing the massacre of women and children have not been verified as originating from one side of this civil war. The only way out of this is the position that Secretary of State made at a press conference, whether he meant it or not, that there should be an international committee to verify the source of chemical warfare. Putin immediately came up with the same suggestion and offered it to Syria. This is the way out for our president, and if it can be worked out, a way to resolve this crisis. Hillary Clinton had also suggested this solution.

    The “good guys” are the children who are being endangered and murdered by both sides. How about a kindertransport to get the children out of that war zone.RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  7. Anonymous says:

    Russia, UN and France should take over the Syrian chemical weapons and destroy.

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