Syria shows the difficulty of translating Responsibility to Protect (R2P) into action, but we must if R2P is to be more than a fancy acronym. But any military intervention must be linked to dialogue towards a political solution, and if such action proceeds without UN authorization it risks further eroding support for R2P.
Whodunnit in SyriaThe Obama administration?s public case for attacking Syria is full of inconsistencies and hinges mainly on circumstantial evidence, While a punitive strike against Bashar Assad?s regime is ready to start immediatelly the public reasons for attack are losing ground every day while the risks about escalation of conflict are rising simultaneously. In my opinion the U.S address of missile-strike might not be the right one so before any actions it would be wise to spend some time to clarify ? whodunnit.
At the end of a long statement, coming as the response to the last question in a press conference in Moscow on August 26, 2013, Russia?s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov (above), delivered what might be useful to understand as an anthropological statement on international relations, specifically on the treatment of people(s).
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The eleventh-hour U-turn on America’s push for military strikes against Syria has come against a backdrop of intensifying diplomatic pressure from the international community to avoid escalation of the violence in Syria. And that outcome is not possible without Iran.
Why would Bashar al-Assad, stuck in a war he and his clan regard as existential, voluntarily surrender his chemical weapons?
Iran has a strategic interest in opposing chemical weapons due to its own horrific experience during the 1980?1988 war with Iraq. But it also has compelling reasons to continue supporting Damascus. The Syrian regime is Iran’s closest ally in the Middle East and the geographic link to its Hezbollah partners in Lebanon.