Thursday, August 22, 2013

Big countries can be crazy

Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, quoted in the Wall Street Journal, on the chemical weapons attacks near Damascus --

All of this really looks like an attempt, at any cost, to create a reason to produce demands for the U.N. Security Council to side with the regime's opponents and undermine the chances of convening the Geneva conference.

Note: the Russian position is not that various things might have happened. It's that the rebels somehow suddenly got the ability to launch chemical weapons over several areas simultaneously and used them against people in areas that they control -- all with the objective of thwarting peace talks that were already in danger of not happening.

That's deep Stalinist sociopathic conspiracy theorizing masquerading as a respectable foreign policy position. The mystery is why it carries so much weight with other countries that should know better.