Exercising my worse eye today, pardon if I misread something.
When a man uses chemical warfare on his own unarmed civilians, there should be a whole line of countries competing to be the first to beat the living sh*t out of him.
The grounds that this man uses chemical warfare is the same with why countries aren't being first in line to help in other serious conflicts, such as the Congo: Pragmatism (some folk call this "real politics").
The USA and Russia are both making the same stupid mistake in this case. Russia is supporting Assad, a terrible leader who is doing harm to his people. Many of the Syrian rebels (as the American media describes them) or terrorists (how Syria describes them) have committed atrocities attempting to take down Assad.
Folk say its often a mistakes, but it's precisely what America was aiming for - destabilisation and violence, putting the SAR, a country who has spoken against American policy in recent years, disabled. Russia's policy is not to lose an ally in the Middle East. In my opinion, though, it doesn't seem like Russia will do much - one, since they already have problems near home, two, since Iran has way more troops in Iraq (why hasn't anyone made a big deal of that?
Both Assad and most of the groups fighting him are also fighting ISIS. I feel that there was a huge chance missed by Russia and the USA. They could have jointly threatened to pull back aid unless their respective proxies in the region (Assad and some of these groups) agreed to a temporary ceasefire while ISIS was being fought.
America's primary goal isn't do destroy the Levant, the Levant is doing good things for America in world oil economy, it's to destroy the SAR, a country who does not want to become another American base in the region. The Levant works well for the SAR, as well; it has the few borders with it, so they can both attack their foe.
Currently, these two sides are taking resources intended to be used against a common enemy and using them against each other.
That's what civil wars are all about.
As a result, ISIS continues to be a regional power, because Assad and these groups won't leave each other strong enough to fight ISIS. Making this agreement (which Assad and the groups would almost certainly agree to) would not only serve to unify Syria against ISIS, it would also provide the first step in any possible peace negotiations between Assad and the rebels, while also providing a step towards deescalation for the USA and Russia.
As terrible as it sounds, the Levant is good for America (somewhat) and the SAR (somewhat).
The only other fact is that there is a stockpile of chemical weapons held by the Assad regime. Of course, the rebels/terrorists could theoretically have stolen some, but I haven't hear anything about that. Things do point to the regime, in the 2011 case, of course.
Is that even a proven truth? Or is this like Iraq's nukes? And even if there was, what are the rebels going to say? We stole some chemical weapons, this will make us look so good, and the government doesn't want to be seen as that weak and incompetent to have these weapons stolen, so it will keep quiet as well.
Edited 10/22/2015 00:07:22