Ex­pelling the Rus­sian am­bas­sador and par­lia­men­tary reck­less­ness

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Ha­mad Al-Der­bas

Things are get­ting very com­pli­cated in Syria, and the cri­sis seems to be in­solv­able in the short term. The As­sad regime used to have chem­i­cal weapons that helped him ne­go­ti­ate, es­pe­cially af­ter the fail­ure of form­ing a na­tional Syr­ian op­po­si­tion al­liance be­fore radical Is­lamists flocked to Syria.

In 2012, As­sad man­aged to im­pose him­self as a main player that could be spared on grounds that keep­ing chem­i­cal weapons un­der his con­trol would en­sure the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity’s ob­ser­va­tion, while de­pos­ing him might lead to a vac­uum and those weapons might end up in the hands of un­con­trol­lable and un­ob­serv­able radical mili­tias, es­pe­cially since those groups have so far ex­ceeded 100 ac­cord­ing to Syr­ian af­fairs ex­pert Charles Lis­ter. What even helped As­sad main­tain his po­si­tion is that he got rid of over 90 per­cent of these chem­i­cal weapons over the past four years, al­though he did re­tain some in se­cret.

With all such com­pli­ca­tions, and in the ab­sence of a na­tional civil­ian op­po­si­tion that melted and faded away into for­eign radical el­e­ments, it is be­com­ing fu­tile to con­sider top­pling As­sad, es­pe­cially since the coun­tries de­mand­ing this are in­ca­pable of im­pos­ing their vi­sion on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, namely on the Rus­sians, whose in­flu­ence cov­ers such a large part of the world that Ger­many and en­tire Europe are in­ca­pable of con­fronting the Rus­sian bear in Ukraine, be­cause Ger­many gets 30 per­cent of its nat­u­ral gas from Rus­sia. Rus­sian-Syr­ian re­la­tions are his­tor­i­cal and go back to when the for­mer Rus­sian pres­i­dent Yuri An­dropov said Syria is a ‘red line”!

In view of the mag­ni­tude of the Syr­ian tragedy, de­mands to ex­pel the Rus­sian am­bas­sador in Kuwait made by some cit­i­zens sym­pa­thiz­ing with the Syr­i­ans are reck­less and ir­re­spon­si­ble. Un­for­tu­nately, those de­mands were made by law­mak­ers who are sup­posed to wisely as­sess the prob­lem and re­al­ize the im­pact of such de­mands on Kuwait that could not bear with Sad­dam Hus­sein’s regime’s ag­gres­sion and will not tol­er­ate pos­si­ble Rus­sian and Ira­nian rav­ages at a time when US for­eign pol­icy is re­treat­ing.

There­fore, any ac­tiv­ity against Rus­sia ought to be part of an in­ter­na­tional move­ment, es­pe­cially since re­gional and in­ter­na­tional par­lia­men­tar­ian or­ga­ni­za­tions are ac­ces­si­ble to these law­mak­ers, and thus they have a greater chance to play a ma­jor role rather than play­ing that of a sym­pa­thizer with im­pul­sive public opin­ion.

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