Whose boots will be on the ground to accomplish this? How long might it take?
You see the rebel opposition isn’t about to call time out for this to happen.
Consider the list of implications, positive and negative:
- Russia backed by China seize the initiative to intervene non militarily.
That would not have happened had not Obama and the United States shown their military intervention hand.
- Bashar al Assad continues in power.
Will Russia use the entry lane to resupply Assad with more weapons?
- Russia and China once again emerge as a unified force on the global stage of power and diplomacy.
- Europeans and the United States appear ununified in how to deal with rogue dictatorial regimes and revolution in the Middle East.
What are the implications for Iran?
- The balance of power is shifting, and the outcome is uncertain and unfavorable with the exception that war may be averted or postponed.
When it comes down to brass tax, foreign policy will be driven and determined by economics.
"China Backs Russian Plan for Syrian Chemical Arsenal
By ALAN COWELL
Published: September 10, 2013
LONDON — China, which has resisted Western calls for military action against Syria, said on Tuesday that it supported a Russian plan for Syria to hand over control of its chemical weapons, giving some impetus to Moscow’s avowed effort to avert an American strike following last month’s poison gas attacks outside Damascus.
But, amid Western skepticism over the motives behind the proposal, rebels battling to overthrow the government of President Bashar al-Assad denounced the plan as a political maneuver, reflecting a belief that, as it has throughout the crisis, Russia was seeking to shield its Middle East ally.
The remarks by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei came as a leading rights group supported conclusions by Western governments that only the government of Mr. Assad could have launched the attack that killed hundreds of people, many of them children."