The media — and presumably the world — are treating the headline “US, Russia agree to framework on Syria chemical weapons” as good news.
I’m not so sure it is.
Matter of fact, it seems to me that the global political clock is lining up on much the same hour and minute hands now as it did in the summer of 1914 when Austria-Hungary delivered its “ultimatum” to Serbia.
Granted, the Russians are slight less “all-in” on behalf of Syria than they were with respect to Serbia, and seem to be playing a more soothing diplomatic role this time around, but it’s still a situation which involves “great powers” rattling their sabers at each other while issuing ultimata to smaller countries. That’s a dangerous situation for everyone involved and for bystanders as well.
US Secretary of State John Kerry seems to be following the Austro-Hungarian pattern of escalating demands and provocations until he finds something, anything the Assad regime won’t do to “keep the peace.”
The difference for America, of course, is that two oceans aren’t sufficient to protect us from the results of all-out war suddenly exploding from the fallout of this seemingly minor affair. Russia may not be as powerful as the old Soviet Union was, but it’s quite possibly not as pliable, either.