The increase in using the internationally-prohibited weapons in number, quantity and quality, by Russian and, of course, Assad’s military “forces” is indicative of a umber of major facts.
The most important one of these facts is that the Moscow-Washington conflict is witnessing a period of tough battles for acquiring northern Syria areas and that they both could not reach an understanding related to sharing influence there.
Another fact is to do with the gravity of criminality which no one in the international community is pointing a finger at, exposing or condemning, despite the fact that the world countries are supposed to watch over international peace.
The US’ shy mention of what Moscow is doing in Syria aims only at embarrassing its supposed partner, not at stopping those increasing crimes.
Aleppo, over and over again, seems to be a tug-of-war between the two sides—the opposition and the regime. In the background of the conflict over the city along with its countryside, there is an exposed use of all the methods of war with the highest degrees of chaos, brutality, and criminality. Civilians are being targeted directly in order to empty the areas from their residents, then take control.
The recent use of phosphorus bombs was preceded by the bombardment of Aleppo and its countryside’s towns and cities using vacuum projectiles, in addition to the regime’s share of the routine use of poisonous, incendiary and asphyxiating materials. All of this is indicated by the mass destruction that is caused in every targeted place. It is noted that the UN Security Council and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are both silent about the last Russian crime, despite the fact that there are photos which confirm the breach of an international treaty. This means that none of the international powers will move a muscle.
Moscow’s occupation forces not only used annihilation weapons, but also preceded that with consistently negating any accusations regarding Assad regime’s use of any chemical weapons. More than once, Moscow distorted the facts by accusing the Syrian opposition with using internationally-prohibited weapons. The famous incident of Aleppo countryside’s Khan al-Assal is an example. Even if the international community was able to limit the size of Assad’s chemical arsenal through the influence of the US, the fate of 8% of that arsenal is still unknown up to this day. The only known fact is that Assad regime still has it.
After receiving the shipments of chemical weapons, the reports issued by the OPCW did not point out to the destruction or the confiscation of the equipment which enables the regime to re-produce chemical materials. These materials, if produced again, would be used by Assad regime in annihilating civilians in residential areas that are out of its control, or in those areas which refused to be constantly exploited by the tyrannous junta which is controlling Syria.
The whole international community was silent regarding this point, despite the warnings which clearly said that the possibility of the regime using the left amounts of chemicals poses a big and dangerous threat on civilians. The warnings also said that the regime is able to re-produce the chemicals for two reasons. Firstly, the possibility of production using primitive methods. This means that re-production does not require advanced technologies. Secondly, the unlimited support provided by Moscow, in terms of military and financial support, and by Tehran, in terms of military, financial, and security support, to the tyrant in Damascus.
The OPCW acknowledged that the use of Sarin gas by Assad regime in Damascus countryside’s Ghouta is considered the most significant action in chemical weapons use for the past 25 years. The report of 2014 pointed out to the completion of destruction of the chemical arsenal, but it did not talk about the rest of the chemical supply. It, also, did not point out to the complete destruction of production facilities or if the regime has become unable to re-produce chemicals weapons again.
The continuation of Assad-Russian approach of annihilating Syrians is another form of the conflict in the region, which no one wants to put out its fires. It is not a tool to activate the endeavors to reach a negotiating, political solution. What Moscow wants, and Obama seems not to object to, is imposing the continuation of Assad regime, while temporarily allowing the opposition to participate. Meanwhile, Washington and Moscow would share the administration of the Syrian areas along with their rich
resources and strategic locations in the wars and conflicts of creative chaos in the future.