Today’s game, Let’s Pretend™ begins with this challenge: Pretend you are Bashar al Assad. Now, read the NY Times coverage of how Moammar Khadaffi and Saddam Hussein rid their countries of chemical weapons.
When Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi had to convince the world 10 years ago that he was serious about giving up his chemical weapons, he dragged warheads and bombs into the desert and flattened them with bulldozers.
When Saddam Hussein, defeated in the Persian Gulf war of 1991, had to demonstrate that he was giving up his chemical arsenal, Iraqis protected by little more than tattered cloths over their faces poured some of the agents into ditches and set them on fire — to the shock of inspectors watching in heavy “moon suits.”
Weapons experts and diplomats say that if President Bashar al-Assad is serious about complying with the landmark agreement announced in Geneva on Saturday, he will have to take similarly dramatic action in the coming weeks. Anything short of an immediate demonstration of willingness, they say, will be a sign that Mr. Assad is seeking to drag out the process, betting that time is on his side as memories fade of the attack that is said to have killed more than 1,400 people and prompted a military standoff with the United States.
Now, pretend you are the NY Times reporter or editor responsible for this piece of writing. Pretend that you don’t know the fate of Moammar Khadaffi or Saddam Hussein. Pretend to be that stupid.
Hard to do, isn’t it?
Ok, back to Bashar al Assad. Pretend that you read this, knowing full well the fate of both men, and despite that, you decide to comply. You can’t get there, can you? It is easier to pretend to be five years old again, having a fancy tea party with you mom and your older sister. Or, maybe you can pretend to be Superman, or The Little Mermaid.
While you’re at it, pretend that this will happen:
The agreement calls for the destruction of chemical agent mixing equipment by November and, perhaps most ambitious, for Syria to completely rid itself of chemical weapons and production facilities in less than a year, a timetable that would set a speed record and one that many experts doubt could be completed even with Syria’s full cooperation.
Oh, look, a nod to reality! And only eleven paragraphs into the story:
Mr. Assad, however, also knows that Mr. Hussein and Colonel Qaddafi were both deposed and ultimately executed years after giving up their weapons.
“The history does not exactly create an incentive,” the senior administration official said.
Here’s a question, O-bots. Who was it that said: “You’re either with us or against us.” George W. Bush, correct. After which, Khaddafi gave up his weapons. But the promises of the United States are only as good as the President’s word. And once Obama became President, he had him killed, effectively. So, why in the world would Assad give up his weapons?
This is Aggie speaking, and I have no use whatsoever for Assad, but the truth is that he is protected by both the Russians and the Iranians, and he is married to a very pretty British woman, with whom he has at least one kid. Britain will not get involved. This administration and our State Department are a bunch of dolts.