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It was reported all over the world that Russia has approached Syria persuade to hand over its Chemical Weapons which to the world by surprise both USA, UK and France welcome it with caution. So how my suspicion tells me that Syria will comply to the Russia’s request there no doubt that USA may have spoken to Russia in regards to this but I have a funny feel that Russia has taken very strong soundings from its allied China before approaching Syria which has challenged all the war mongering countries to rethink about what it is doing as the consequences of entering the Middle East in a Gangnam Style will cause more damage to the whole Middle East which I’m sure nobody wants so the way forward WILL be to put a resolution to UNsecurity Council.
President Obama is quite right to point out that it’s not his reputation is on the line when he travels around the world to shore up support for limited action against the Syrian government but the USA and world leader countries if they don’t take action.
On the 9 September will be known as judgement day for the US Congress as both Republicans and Democrats vote on a resolution as to whether it will be feasible to take the country to a limited military action against the Syrian government. Already we have witnessed in the UK that their parliament voted no to military action on the grounds that there was not enough information coming from the UK intelligence department which put a dent in hurrying up the process into war which caused USA and France to rethink on their procedures by giving them the time to allow the debate to take place. But the final results of the votes will be either between 10 to 11 September 2013 which will take it to the remembrance day of 9/11 and their victims.
Intriguingly the parliamentary leader of France’s conservative opposition UMP said on Wednesday that his party could not support Socialist President François Hollande’s plans for military intervention in Syria without the full backing of the United Nations.
France’s opposition UMP will not support military intervention in Syria without United Nations backing, the head of the conservative party’s parliamentary group said at the beginning of a debate in the National Assembly on Wednesday.
While condemning Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons as “barbarian, savage and inhuman”, Christian Jacob said France’s Socialist government had dug itself into a “diplomatic and military impasse”.
Pressing for a parliamentary vote, Jacob asked: “Where are our allies? Where is the UN Security Council resolution?
“There are a number of troubling similarities with Iraq. Nothing justifies such a radical change in our military and political diplomacy.”
Opening the debate, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault made an impassioned plea for cross-party support for intervention, arguing that a lack of international action to the chemical attack in Syria would risk sending Iran the wrong message over its nuclear programme.
“To not act would be to put the peace and security in the entire region in danger. What credibility would our international commitments against non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, stand for?” he asked.
“What message would this send to other regimes, and I am thinking like you of Iran and North Korea? The message would be clear: You can continue.”
“Not reacting would allow Bashar al-Assad to continue with his atrocities, encourage the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and leave Syria and the region to fall into chaos.”
“Our message is clear: the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable. We want to punish that and show Assad that he has no other solution but to negotiate.”
I’m glad that John Kerry has the backing of the Arab League foreign ministers concurred that the Syrian president’s alleged use of chemical weapons crossed a “global red line.”
One has to wonder whether the Arab League will take the lead against one of their allies Syria in their home turf (Arab Troops) instead of US troops and if so what will be the makeup of it. To the many it comes as all froth history has shown the Arab League to be in disarray as they put on a brave face and speak in many to tongs in public but in private they lack leadership because of their internal in fighting Sunni vs Shia which does not help the current crisis quite frankly many are of the opinion that the onus should be that the Arab League will have to take the lead in the Middle East then the western world will join their cause and not the other way around.
His comments came in a news conference on the final day of the G20 summit in St Petersburg.
US President Barack Obama had been pushing for support among leaders at the G20 for an US strike on Syria.
Mr Assad has blamed rebels for the attack. China and Russia, which have refused to agree to a UN Security Council resolution against Syria, insist any action without the UN would be illegal.
Mr Putin said the discussions about Syria on Thursday evening had gone on well past midnight.
He added that he had a one-to-one meeting with Mr Obama in which they had discussed Syria.
Both men had listened to the other’s position but had not agreed, he said.
Also speaking at the end of the summit, Mr Obama said there was a “unanimous” view that chemical weapons had been used in Syria.
He also said most leaders present at the summit thought it was most likely that the regime of President Assad was responsible.
Mr Obama argued action was required even when the Security Council was paralysed, as the international consensus against the use of chemical weapons had to be upheld.
However, Mr Putin described the use of chemical weapons as “a provocation on the part of the militants who are expecting to get support from outside”.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said only responding to the crisis through the UN Security Council would mean the UK “contracting out its morality and foreign policy to the potential of a Russian veto”.
The US government accuses Mr Assad’s forces of killing 1,429 people in a poison-gas attack in the suburbs of Damascus on 21 August.
While the UK, Canada and Turkey all support Mr Obama’s call for action, the only leaders at the G20 meeting to commit to force in Syria are the US and France.
Correspondents in St Petersburg say opponents of US military intervention appear to far outnumber supporters within the G20.
Why does the ar mongering countries ever learn their lessons when you put a nation to a corner with noting to fen itself its no woder why China has joined Russia in opposing military strikes on Syria, saying it would push up oil prices and create an economic downturn.
The Chinese intervention came as G20 leaders gathered in Saint Petersburg on Thursday for a summit likely to be dominated by Syria. The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, is expected to allow the issue on to the agenda for dinner, reflecting the reality that the fate of the world economy is inextricably intertwined with the risk of a Middle East conflagration.
The Chinese deputy finance minister, Zhu Guangyao, told a pre-G20 briefing: “Military action would have a negative impact on the global economy, especially on oil prices – it will cause a hike in the oil price.”
The UN special envoy on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is rushing to the summit to update G20 leaders on the state of stalled peace talks.
It also emerged that the pope had written to Putin, reportedly saying military action would be a futile pursuit.
In a sign of tensions before the summit, Putin called the US secretary of state a liar for claiming al-Qaida did not have a significant presence in Syria. He said US bombing of Syria could lead to highly dangerous attacks on Syrian nuclear reactors.
EU leaders have expressed concern at the pace of the drive to war. The president of the European commission, José Manuel Barroso, said consensus in the international community was needed on Syria and argued that efforts should be focused on a political solution.
Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European council, said: “No military solution to the Syrian conflict.”
Italy’s Prime Minister, Enrico Letta, said the summit was the last opportunity for negotiated and political solutions to Syria’s civil war. He urged Putin to avoid a final break with Washington over Syria, adding that concern over Syria had hit maximum levels.
In contrast, the French foreign minister said: “The position of France is to punish and negotiate.” Laurent Fabius told France 2 television before travelling to the summit: “We are convinced that if there is no punishment for Mr Assad, there will be no negotiation. Punishment will allow negotiation, but obviously it will be difficult.”
The French parliament has discussed President François Hollande’s decision to join the planned US air strikes, but did not hold a vote.
The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, referring to Brahimi’s travel to Saint Petersburg, said: “While the world is focused on concerns about the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria we must push even harder for the international conference on Syria to take place in Geneva. A political solution is the only way to end the bloodshed in Syria.”
Western leaders are likely to pile pressure on Putin by challenging his claims that chemical weapons have not been used by the Assad regime. German intelligence was the latest to release new information linking the chemical attacks on 21 August to Assad forces. Syria rejects the charge and, like Russia, blames the rebels.
David Cameron flew in to Saint Petersburg from the UK, and Barack Obama arrived from Sweden, which he had visited on Wednesday.
Cameron is not expected to hold a formal bilateral meeting with the US president, who is leading the international drive for armed reprisals for Assad’s apparent chemical weapons attacks.
The White House says Obama will also not hold formal one-on-one talks with Putin, who is hosting the summit.
Putin is threatening to send a missile shield to Syria if the US launches an attack without the authority of the United Nations.
The G20 summit had been expected to focus on the world economy and growth, but will now be dominated by the Middle East crisis, even if the formal agenda remains fixed on the slowdown of growth in emerging markets.
Obama, speaking in Sweden before the summit, denied that his political credibility was at stake but admitted relations with Russia had hit a wall. He said he had not set the red lines requiring a military response if the Syrian government deployed chemical weapons.
“The world set a red line when governments representing 98% of the world’s population said the use of chemical weapons was abhorrent and passed a treaty forbidding their use even when countries are engaged in war,” he said. “That was not something I just kind of made up, I did not pluck it out of thin air.”
He added: “My credibility is not on the line. The international community’s credibility is on the line because we give lip service to the notion that these international norms are important.
“Keep in mind, I’m somebody who opposed the war in Iraq, and I’m not interested in repeating mistakes about basing decisions on faulty intelligence,” the US president said at a news conference in Stockholm.
On Tuesday Obama had portrayed his plans for US military action as part of a broader strategy to topple Assad, as the White House’s campaign to win over sceptics in Congress gained momentum.
Obama arrives at the summit with his hand strengthened by the growing impression that he will win the support of Congress next week to take military action. In signs that the political tide was slowly turning his way in Washington, the Senate foreign relations committee on Wednesday agreed on a draft resolution backing the use of US military force in Syria.
It authorises strikes against the Syrian regime within a 60-day window, extendable to 90 days, as requested by the White House. But it also includes tougher wording introduced by the hawkish Republican senator John McCain, which makes it “the policy of the United States to change the momentum on the battlefield in Syria”.
Obama also retains the support of the French and the personal backing of Cameron, even though the British government is now debarred from joining any action owing to last week’s mishandled Commons vote.
The resolution will be put before the full Senate for a vote on Monday, where it is expected to pass. Obama faces a tougher battle in the House of Representatives, whose foreign affairs committee heard testimony from the secretary of state, John Kerry, on Wednesday. Kerry warned a sceptical and sometimes raucous panel that failing to strike Syria would embolden al-Qaida and raise to 100% the chances that Assad would use chemical weapons again.
Cameron is expected to announce further British intelligence to persuade Putin that Assad forces were responsible. He is also likely to press on the need for clear humanitarian corridors in Syria to boost aid to trapped refugees, as well as call for an end to the bureaucratic delays preventing aid workers reaching Syria.