There has been much analysis of the logistical, technical and security difficulties of implementing the agreement to rid Syria of chemical weapons. However, the sincerity (or otherwise) of the principal parties involved - the regime in Damascus and its staunch ally Russia - has been largely overlooked. Statements from both since the deal was accepted raise doubts.
Russia is giving Assad a get-out-of-jail-free card: not all his chemical weapons may be destroyed, and there will be no forceful, U.N.-sanctioned punishment if that is the case.Sharif Nashashibi
The Syrian Foreign Ministry said efforts at a Chapter VII resolution revealed “their true objective,” which is “to impose their will on the Syrian people.” This makes no sense, because adherence to such a resolution would render a military strike impossible. It is thus just as much a safeguard as it is a threat.