The latest crisis to hit the international arena is undoubtedly the Syrian Civil War. Strangely, it has been ongoing since 2011 and has only hit the headlines due to the government’s use of chemical weapons. By using chemical weapons, the government has forced US’s hands into the conflict even as President Obama is withdrawing his forces from the area. Previously, in Aug 2012, President Obama stated his red line by stating that “We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.” Thus, once the Assad government used chemical weapons against the rebels, President Obama was forced to move or eat his words.
Surprisingly, it was the Russians who came to the rescue of all parties involved, politically at least. By giving the Assad government a way out without US forces crashing at his front door, Putin offers a way by which all parties save face domestically and internationally. It is a funny world when the Russians preached peace to the Americans. This perhaps is another example of how giving credible options to your adversary will enable all parties to come to a win win situation.
So who wins at the end of this “crisis”? The fighting at Damascus still continues as rebels challenge government troops over control of townships and real estates. People are still suffering on ground and, though the images from the chemical weapons are horrific, death by bullets is no less painful.