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Friday, September 13, 2013

Weekly synopsis: the losers and winners from Syria to India


After all the frenzy about imminent US strike against Syria on the pretext of alleged use of chemical weapons by regime of Bashar Al Assad earlier this week, the tables have turned now.

As events follow, the red line delineated by US president Obama has been singularly nullified by the Russian-Syrian proposal to put the Syrian chemical weapons stockpiles under international control. In the latest development, the government of Assad has reportedly signed a decree to ban the production and use of chemical weapons and sent it to the UN.

Meanwhile, the Russian president Putin has written a scathing opinion piece for The New York Times calmly advising the United States to act with rationale and prudence. Reportedly, Putin's piece has made some American politicians 'feel like vomiting'.

Also, after talks with Russian counterpart at Geneva, the US Secretary of States John Kerry has said 'there is a way to get this done' meaning that despite the odds ahead, the joint Russia-US venture at safeguarding and destroying Syrian chemical weapons is a viable project now. 

Meanwhile in India, the communal outburst in Uttar Pradesh seems to be finally subsiding even though the damage done including a loss of at least 44 lives will not be undone. 

The news of the moment, however, appears to be the death sentence given to the four convicts of infamous Delhi gang-rape case. While I am against any kind of loss of life, given the chances that this sentence would act to deter many potential rapists in India, I am to ready to welcome the verdict. 

Elsewhere, the party with harshest anti-immigrant policies misnamed as Liberal party has finally settled as the new ruling party in Australia after triumphant victory with obviously grim implications for those who want to reach Australia illegally. 

While the world is fixated at the high profile drama around Syria, the generals in Egypt now appear to be training guns at the liberals and Journalists through whose shoulders they shot the MB to silence last month, according to this op-ed in NYT. The situation seems to be worse in Libya as the new flashpoint of conflict make us forget the old ones. 

And finally, the ones to loose the most over the week were Syrian rebels: you catch the fish, kill it, eviscerate it, cook it and before you lustily keep it in your mouth, somebody snatches it away; and moreover, threatens to force the fate of the fish upon you. Now that Assad deals with the world as the only stakeholder of Syria in securing the chemical weapons stockpile, they appear to be left in the cold by the erstwhile patrons. 

The dilemma for US and European backers of the rebels is also substantial: send the weapon experts in Syria and at the same time supply the rebels with sophisticated weapons aimed at, among others, foiling the 'evil' Russian-engineered plan to remove the chemical weapons. That is a tragedy of epic scale, sort of. 

(And here is one article from this blog published this week: Five reasons why Nepalis need not resent India)

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