Aug 27 2013
By Fatih Abdulsalam
Azzaman, August 27, 2013
The evidence U.N. weapons inspectors in Syria need is the same which any monitors will require whether in Syria or elsewhere.
The chemical scientists will analyze samples of earth, air or material that has been contaminated with chemical weapons. They will examine those affected, the dead and injured and conduct interviews with eyewitness.
The experts might want to have access to intelligence sources human or technological.
But have not these piece of evidence been there in the possession of international powers long time ago and none of them moved a finger?
What has changed now to prompt Washington and some of its allies to take a serious stand regardless of whether all members of the U.N. Security Council are on board or not?
I do not think there are any new transformations in the political scene other than the crossing of the red line drawn by U.S. President Barak Obama.
But what does this red line say?
It simply says killing by all weapons that are available and whatever numbers is permissible so long as you do not use chemical weapons.
And what response is the world expecting for the atrocities in Syria?
According to news reports, any strike will be limited and short of leading to the fall of the regime in Damascus.
Such a strike is exactly what the regime has been waiting for because it will eventually does it a good service.
It will present itself as a victim of a vicious imperialist onslaught because it is the only remaining bastion of resistance against Israel and its backers.
A limited strike will be used by the regime to strengthen its position and breathe life into its organs and military and security apparatus.
A strike like this is not going to deter or humiliate a regime that rules with an iron fist. Rebels fighting the regime have launched scores of even more forceful attacks. Israel has also launched such opportunistic attacks.
The U.S., Britain and France are determined to launch a punitive attack and not a ‘lethal’ one that will lead to a change in the balance of power on the ground.
How useful such an attack will be is not the question. The question is that there must be a strike even it aggravates conditions on the ground and escalates tensions and killings whether in Syria or across the region.
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