Putin's Desperate Attempt to Save Assad

(Ynet News) Ron Ben-Yishai - Seemingly, forcing Syria to surrender its chemical arsenal to the international community is the optimal solution to the crisis. It will prevent Assad from using weapons of mass destruction and will deter other players in the Middle East, such as Iran, who will realize that the international community will not settle for anything less than the dissolution of unconventional military capabilities. If, however, Syria will be given time to hide a certain amount of its chemical weapons, and if Syria will not be forced to destroy its chemical weapons, then the agreement will not be worth anything. In addition, should the negotiations on an agreement drag on, Syria will be able to transfer at least part of its chemical weapons arsenal to Hizbullah in Lebanon. Such a development would be just as bad for Israel as having the WMDs fall into the hands of the jihadists in Syria.

2013-09-11 00:00:00

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