Source: Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany, April 4
Assad is confident that no one will touch him now that the United States has officially dropped his removal from its Middle East strategy. The ruling clique in Syria promptly interpreted this freshly announced change of course under US President Donald Trump as a carte blanche to annihilate the remaining population on Syrian soil. Assad and his regime needn’t fear international pressure. With this constellation it’s no wonder peace is not an option for Assad.
Source: La Stampa, Italy, April 4
The incident is as unexpected as it is absurd. Unexpected because once the agreement [of 2014] came into force it hadn’t ever been violated and there should have been no more nerve gases in this part of the Middle East. Absurd because it is incomprehensible why the Assad regime would commit such a heinous, spectacular and illegal crime now that the war, whose outcome seemed uncertain for years, seems to be slowly but inexorably drawing to an end in Damascus’s favour…. And do we really believe the Syrian armed forces could take the decision to carry out a bomb attack of this kind without first informing their Russian ally, who was the driving force and the guarantor of the agreement that banned chemical weapons in Syria? That is definitely inconceivable.