At times it appear planet Earth will reverse direction on its axis as unprecedented events emerge in light of the Syrian conflict, daily tragedies and global events occur. A planet where American right wing politicians and conservative talking heads praise a once communist nation's leader over their own American president because the American president is a Democrat or black or both.
Russia President Putin sent a letter to the New York Times Sept 11, that hints he has compassion for humanity, that the international community must arrive at a decision to promote peace, and the responsibility of peace should not rest solely on America's shoulder. Putin added that America should not assume it is exceptional as a nation to take on that responsibility as an inherit obligation. The Russian President also made claim that the Syrian rebels and not President Assad, used chemical weapons near Damascus. Yet Assad, after advice from Putin has agreed to turn over Syrian regime controlled chemical weapons.
Vladimir Putin deserves praise as well as a watchful eye. But Putin is not the President of the United States. Putin's Russia has ongoing military and fuel trade with Assad that would become even more disruptive if an American military strike takes place during Syria's civil conflict. Russia has economic as well as "humanitarian" interests in Syria.
The US has one president at a time and at this time it is President Barack Obama. It was President Obama's pressure on Syria that compelled Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari to speak to reporters about the chemical weapons agreement.
United Nations Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari told reporters he presented the secretary-general with “the instrument of accession” to the Chemical Weapons Convention after President Bashar Assad signed a legislative decree earlier Thursday declaring Syria’s approval to join the treaty.
“With this, the chapter of the so-called chemical weapons should be ended and legally ... Syria has become, starting today, a full member of the convention,” Ja’afari told reporters
The Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction (the 'CWC', or the 'Convention') aims to eliminate an entire category of weapons of mass destruction by prohibiting the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, retention, transfer or use of chemical weapons by States Parties.
U.N. associate spokesman Farhan Haq said "Syria will become a member 30 days after its instrument of accession is deposited." He said the documentation is still being studied.