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Barack Obama shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo cred: Reuters

Barack Obama shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo cred: Reuters

Tonight, President Obama will address the nation to lay out his plan for addressing the crisis in Syria. Until recently, the President was expected to make a case for U.S. military intervention, which is embroiled in a violent civil war. But after an off-the-cuff remark by Secretary of State John Kerry insinuating that a military strike could be averted if Syria handed over its stockpile of chemical weapons to the U.N., a diplomatic solution is now in the works.

Russia, Syria’s biggest ally, backed Secretary Kerry’s proposed solution and has gotten the Syrian government on board. Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halki agreed to turn over his country’s chemical weapons to international inspectors “to spare Syrian blood.” Although a diplomatic solution seems possible, the Obama Administration isn’t celebrating just yet.

President Obama has said that the purpose of U.S. intervention in Syria was not to influence the outcome of the civil war or topple the Assad government, but rather enforce international law that bans the use of chemical weapons by governments, and also sends a message to Iran that these types of attacks will not be tolerated. While a diplomatic solution seems to be coming together, many, like Senator John McCain, are still pushing the President to intervene in the Syrian conflict, which has killed nearly 100,000 people.

While the Obama Administration insists the proposed solution only came about because of the threat of bombings by the U.S. and France, some are calling this compromise a win for the Assad regime.

According to reports, Assad’s military bombed rebel-held districts in Damascus on Tuesday for the first time since the chemical weapon attack on August 21.

Reuters reports:

Assad’s warplanes bombed rebellious districts inside the Damascus city limits on Tuesday for the first time since the August 21 poison gas attacks. Rebels said the strikes demonstrated that the government had concluded the West had lost its nerve.

“By sending the planes back, the regime is sending the message that it no longer feels international pressure,” activist Wasim al-Ahmad said from Mouadamiya, one of the districts of the capital hit by the chemical attack.

The war has already killed more than 100,000 people and driven millions from their homes. It threatens to spread violence across the Middle East, with countries endorsing the sectarian divisions that brought civil war to Lebanon and Iraq.

The Russian proposal “is a cheap trick to buy time for the regime to kill more and more people,” said Sami, a member of the local opposition coordinating committee in the Damascus suburb of Erbin, also hit by last month’s chemical attack.

The proposed compromise would allow Syria to avoid attacks the U.S. and France if they hand over their vast chemical weapons stash to U.N. inspectors. However, if they agree to the terms, but fail to meet them, the U.S. and its allies would reserve the right to use military force. China, who has continuously vetoed any effort to take action in Syria, has also agreed to support to the deal.

During President Obama’s address to the nation tonight he is expected to outline the diplomatic proposal and how his administration plans to proceed.

Will you be tuning in to hear President Obama to speak on Syria? What do you think of the proposed solution? 

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  • The Comment

    We have no right to strike Syria. That is a sovereign country that has a right to protect itself for the Talaban. How you gonna’ have a war on the Talaban but use threats against a country who is fighting the Talaban??? How does that work?

    Plus. Russia is showing out: It was Russia who the told Lazy Ameircan FBI about those soon to be Boston bombers–TWICE.

    like Yo!!!! Them boys you naturalized as American citizens are over here kickin’ it hard with these KNOWN terrorist. You better come get ’em.

    Twice..they had to call Americans. TWICE!!!!!!!

    So… Mr. Obama I love you. But you need to put some balls on the FBI and CIA. Tell them play time if over. Stop messing with prostitutes around the world, start protecting our boarders and stop letting everybody and they mama come over here draining our resources. Start checking fools like America did when they were trying to keep my ancestors from moving up in the world.

  • Lola

    There won’t be any winner in the Syrian civil war as both camps are as bad as each other. It’s a lose-lose situation for the Syrian population and for any foreign country getting involved in this mess. Assad is a ruthless dictator, just like his daddy before him. The rebels camp is polluted with islamists who are just as ruthless as Assad. Poor Syrian civilian population.

    As cruel as it might sound, I think Arab countries need to sort out their own mess. The change must come from inside.

    • Huey

      You forgot the part about the American government acting as rogue regime ready to bomb whoever challenges their interests. That’s just as much a part of the equation also. If you’re going to demonize anyone might as well make an honest go of it.

  • StrangerDangers

    I always thought diplomacy was supposed to be plan A. It’s a sad day when dialogue is an afterthought or the option of last resort.

    • Huey

      What’s even more unfortunate is that the American public, namely African-Americans have become so on-board which this thinking and willingness to bomb other countries so long as the “mad bomber” is Obama. I mean the whole notion of “due process” which means proving that the actual allegations are true by an international body (UN) has fallen by the wayside. Consider the fact that NO ONE was EVER tried and found guilty of 911 yet our history books will assert that Osama Bin Laden was the culprit. No evaluating of the evidence, no testimony, no first or second-hand accounts. Just make the $hit up however suits US interests. This biased assertion will be taught as fact.

      Black folks have lost our damn minds behind Obomba acting like he’s the second coming.

    • The Comment

      …..but he is the Second coming

  • Huey

    Has anyone noticed that political articles of much relevance generate very little discussion while articles about the like of Lil Wang (aka Lil Wayne) and such generate much discussion? Unfortunate observation. We pay more attention to the most nonsensical of things. Just one man’s opinion.

    • The Comment

      Yes! and it is very frustrating. @Huey I take it you are over 30 or just very political. I’m just a housewife with very strong armchair revolutionary opinions.

      But I like the look and feel of Clutch. I could go to Slate or even Foreign Policy.com.

      Another good site that is taking off is Black Girl Nerd. She has very good article with great facts.

      Anyways…….you see he backed off his original stance of military strikes.

      I’d rather him send armed forces to Africa to kick out the Chinese and Europeans from stealing Africa’s wealth.