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Obama's "red line" warnings merely aimed to seek new pretext for Syria intervention

English.news.cn   2012-08-22 13:19:19            
 • Such "red line" threats seem to have almost become a signal before exercising interventionism.
 • World should stay vigilant these irresponsible remarks would escalate bloody situation in Syria.
 • Any attempt to scrap the chances for a political settlement must be guarded against and ruled out.


 by Liu Chang

BEIJING, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Once again, Western powers are digging deep for excuses to intervene militarily in another conflict-torn Middle East country, as U.S. President Barack Obama warned Monday that the use of chemical weapons by Syria's government would change his "calculus."

With the hypocritical talks of eliminating weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and protecting civilians in Libya still ringing in the ears, such "red line" threats seem to have almost become a signal for the United States and some of its Western allies to sharpen their weapons before exercising interventionism.

The world should stay vigilant that these dangerously irresponsible remarks would do nothing but effectively escalate the current bloody situation in Syria and gravely tarnish the prospects of settling Syria's 17-month-old crisis through political means.

It is true that the UN and Arab League-led mediation efforts on the ground have yet to yield satisfactory results to broker a ceasefire between government troops and armed rebels in Syria.

However, when continuous radicalism-fueled roadside bomb attacks, along with heartrending poverty and chaos, have nearly killed the hopes for stability and prosperity in Somalia, Iraq and Libya, nations that have suffered West-led military interventions, foreign crusades would simply incur even more violence, hostilities and hatred in Syria.

Apart from being ineffective to bring real peace, military interventions by the United States and its Western partners are always interests-driven and highly selective.

It is not difficult to find that, under the disguise of humanitarianism, the United States has always tried to smash governments it considers as threats to its so-called national interests and relentlessly replace them with those that are Washington-friendly.

That easily explains why both Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, who once worked closely with the United States, were later depicted as brutal dictators with the people's blood dipping through their fingers.

Right now, as conflicts between government troops and rebel forces still rage in Syria, nations around the world should continue to build on the progress that has been achieved by outgoing international envoy Kofi Annan and his team.

Any attempt to scrap the chances for a political settlement and to turn Syria into the next testing ground for Western weapons must be guarded against and ruled out.

China, being acutely aware of the harm of foreign interventions, has always stood firmly against them and supported the political settlement of all crises.

Thus, the Chinese government is keen to continue working with the international community to back UN-backed negotiations aimed at bringing real and lasting peace to Syria.


Hollande reiterates support for Syrian opposition

PARIS, Aug. 21 (Xinhau) -- French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday reaffirmed Paris' support to help Syrian opposition to build a democratic political system for a post-(President Bashar) al-Assad era.

In a statement released by the Presidency office, the Elysee, Hollande promised to provide "effective support" for the efforts "in favor of a free, democratic Syria respectful of the rights of each of its communities."  Full story

Russia insists on implementation of Geneva agreements on Syria

MOSCOW, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- The only way to settle the crisis in Syria is to implement the agreements reached in Geneva on June 30, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

"We adhere to Geneva agreements which develop and detail Kofi Annan's plan. This is the only way to stop bloodshed as soon as possible, to save as many lives as possible," Lavrov told visiting Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil.  Full story

U.S. downplays Syrian offer to discuss president's resignation

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. State Department on Tuesday downplayed the latest Syrian offer to discuss President Bashar al-Assad's resignation through dialogue, saying it saw nothing "terribly new."

"Frankly, we didn't see anything terribly new there," department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, referring to remarks made by Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil about al-Assad's fate.  Full story

Obama sets red line over Syria's chemical weapons

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday warned the Syrian government against using chemical weapons in conflicts with the opposition forces or letting them fall into the wrong hands, calling it a "red line" that would change his calculus in his approach to the prolonged conflict in the Middle East nation.

The issue of chemical and biological weapons concerns not only Syria, but also Washington's close allies in the region, including Israel, and the United States itself, Obama said.  Full story

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