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De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Friday, January 24, 2014

Obama's fatal mistake in Syria

The fact that little can be expected of the Syria peace talks is also due to the US's restrained approach, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant complains: "About a year ago Assad was on the defensive. That was reason enough for him to make repeated use of chemical weapons. Afterwards, he used his chemical weapons as bartering chips to prevent a US military strike. And now his troops can attack his opponents without fear of a Western intervention. The opposition that believed in Obama's 'red line' for chemical weapons is demoralised and divided. ... The inaction has only prolonged the war. Arming the rebels or giving them support from the air could have prompted Assad to take negotiations seriously. With more than a hundred thousand dead and millions driven out of the country, peace in Syria can only be found in its graves."

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