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The Syria seduction

Posted: September 16, 2013 - 4:24pm  |  Updated: September 16, 2013 - 5:30pm

Expecting Syria to live up to an agreement between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for the cataloging, inspection, removal and eventual destruction or sequester of chemical weapons is a subtle seduction.

Why would a dictator like Bashar al-Assad relinquish his most potent weapon in the midst of a civil war? President Obama and his sycophants claim it was the threat of military action against Syria that focused Assad’s mind. That hardly seems credible after Kerry’s promise that any U.S. missile strike would be “unbelievably small.”

Tyrants have a poor record of living up to agreements. One hates to resurrect Adolf Hitler, but the Munich Agreement of 1938 serves as one of many examples. The agreement gave Nazi Germany the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia, as long as Hitler agreed not to attempt to annex any other land. Hitler broke the pact in 1939 when he invaded Poland. Also in 1939, Germany and the Soviet Union signed a nonaggression treaty known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, ensuring that the Soviet Union would stay out of the European war. That lasted until 1941 when Hitler invaded Russia.

At the Yalta Conference in February 1945, Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin promised free elections in Poland, but soon broke that promise, leading to the Cold War.

People whose only scruples are keeping themselves in power are not about to honor agreements that could take that power away. Assad has been called a “war criminal.” He fits the definition, having reportedly slaughtered more than 100,000 Syrians, allegedly including more than 1,400 with chemical weapons. Millions more have fled the country. Assad has no future outside Syria, other than exile, a jail cell or the gallows.

It is conceivable Assad might move some of his chemical weapons to hiding places in other countries, or within Syria. Could the United States through satellite technology and other means discover such subterfuge, as it did when Soviet missiles were detected entering Cuba 50 years ago? Perhaps, but remember that Iraq’s Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons against his Kurdish population. After the first Gulf War in 1991, when Iraqi forces were evicted from Kuwait, Saddam put on a public display in which at least some of his chemical weapons arsenal was destroyed.

In 2003, when President George W. Bush ordered an invasion of Iraq on the pretext that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction and was attempting to acquire more, none were found. Do we really believe Hussein destroyed them all?

According to a report in the Lebanese daily Al-Mustaqbal, reprinted in Sunday’s Jerusalem Post, Syria moved “20 trucks worth of equipment and material used for the manufacturing of chemical weapons into neighboring Iraq.” If true, that would have been the day after the agreement between the U.S. and Russia was announced. The Iraqi government denies it is assisting Syria in hiding chemical weapons. Who can be believed in the murky Middle East?

“Trust, but verify” was the slogan used by the Reagan administration when it came to promises made by the Soviet Union. That mantra should be updated in any dealings with Assad, as well as Iran: “Don’t trust and verify.”

The Obama administration is attempting to sell this deal with Russia as if it were on a par with the surrender documents ending World War II. As evil as those regimes were, the cruel dictators in the Middle East are at least their equals. That is why they can’t be trusted to live up to any promise not in their own interest. Unless, of course, they are forced to do so through more international pressure than they are currently receiving and with a credible military option that is something larger than “unbelievably small.”

Readers may email Cal Thomas at tcaeditors@tribune.com.

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JohnPeterZenger
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JohnPeterZenger 09/16/13 - 10:22 pm
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Remember the Illegal Iraq invasion?

Cal Thomas was one of the cheerleaders for the invasion of Iraq.

Knowing what we know today, and how wrong Cal Thomas was back then, ....why would anyone give Cal Thomas space to speak about any other war?

Oh, that's right. This is the Clarion.

How about this? Hey Cal, just shut up.

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Watchman on the Wall 09/17/13 - 12:40 pm
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I remember the Iraq invasion.

I remember the Iraq invasion. Russia warned Sodamninsane that the Americans were coming and also told America to wait a week so Sodamninsane could convert all his airliners into cargo planes as truck convoyes nonstop taking everything to Syria. OPPS! Looks like Russia is at it yet again with the help of our president helping Syria this time.
Make no mistake folks there was WMD's in Irag and now their all in Syria along with all of Sodamninsanes nuke parts and Russia is once again pulling the strings of war.
Russia will be dragged out of the north with their Islamic allies to inguage in a war with Israel over the destruction of Damascus, Syria and it could be anyday now. All the players are set and all we need now is for someone to attack Israel from Syria someplace with bombs of some sort, maybe even wmd's and Israel will send all those in Syria to be with Allah causing Iran and Ruaaia with allies to attack Israel and they will get to all go be with Allah aswell. Where America is in all this i can't know, but i bet we don't come out of this starting of WWIII unscathed, maybe even crippled as a world power from internal attacks probably.
Not a good thing this Russia, Syria and Iran, Islamic future and desire for WWIII that will usher in their Mahdi. So hang on it's about to get rough and Cal Thomas, as well as i and others are warning you of whasup for all the world as we see the signs of the times and the writting on the wall. It's not a democrate or republican thingy, but an in complete control thing promised 2600 years ago by the One and about to come to pass.

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Norseman 09/17/13 - 02:49 pm
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This paper refuses to be

This paper refuses to be bi-partisan. Always posting the extreme right wingnut bloggers POV.
Cal thomas is another one to hit the mute button on.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 09/17/13 - 04:13 pm
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JPZ why do you say that? I

JPZ why do you say that? I only pointed out the untruths of what the Clarion was accused of doing in regard to rightwing favoritism. JPZ don't I remember you from the old days as other blog names? If your who I think, you've changed and seem to be a little more agitated at folks that don't study facts of what's going on and want to express an opinion. At any rate I am glad to be back on line and able to share and point out false ideals in many areas.
Take for instance the trouble in Syria it's surly a seduction of people concerning what's right or wrong in regard to war and what's acceptable or not for different nations and we are all being played here. Time will reveal what's going on in Syria with Russia, Iran and all the world.
JPZ please point out where I messed up so as I can refrain from such actions again as I don't want to be blocked again for ever probably. Willing to learn.
What just happened here JPZ, one minute your warning me of possible bad behavior and i'm answering you and the next thing is your post vanished and I look like i'm talking no one? Freaky! How did you do that?

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scarter 09/19/13 - 10:51 am
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syria

Putin has a Stalin like personality and Assad is following in is footsteps, whether or not Assad use these kind of weapons against his people or the insurgent's did, these weapons can not be used. However Assad is still a murdering S.O.B....

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