Addressing the chemical weapons stockpile and use problem is oddly out of sequence.
Here is a list of what needs to be accomplished to produce a desirable outcome in Syria:
1. Answer the question: “What do Syrians want in the form of a republic, government, and leadership””
2. Answer: “Who are the factions in Syria and what are their political alignments, including the Assad loyalists?”
3. Answer: “What do Syrians need to achieve a peaceful and sustainable economy?”
4. Answer: “What the alternative ways ahead?”
Taking chemical weapons out of the equation works to improve the situation for rebel factions, but with the Syrian government receiving assistance from its allies, the rebels will be at considerable disadvantage without similar assistance of equal to or greater magnitude.
The question has to do with the worthiness of rebels to receive assistance, and that cannot be answered without addressing questions 1-4. Voice of America is on the story as posted here.
Breakthrough success in the future would come from:
- Israel successfully reaching out to rebels to act as an ally to resistance and to influence the future outcome.
- Israel successfully concluding a peaceful solution to Palestinians.
- The U.S. successfully engaging and nurturing a pro-democratic alliance inside Syria.
“Syria Peace Talks Elusive Despite Chemical Weapons Diplomacy
September 18, 2013
The U.S.-Russian framework for eliminating Syrian chemical weapons does not address the political divisions that have long delayed peace talks.
Ending day-to-day combat is not part of the deal to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons program.
But the biggest international intervention so far is an opportunity to do more, says European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
"The latest development therefore, that we have, is an opportunity to reinvigorate, not just, not just trying to sort out the chemical weapons issue but the broader political dimension," she said.
Political talks have been repeatedly delayed by disarray within the Syrian opposition leadership and by disagreement over who else might attend. Russia wants Iran to join the talks. But Washington objects because Iranian forces are fighting alongside Syrian government troops.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said there is no backing off efforts to get to peace talks.”