It is hoped that polls will end in the Northwestern Province without bloodyclashes among supporters of the UPFA candidates jousting for the chief minister’s post.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has told the international media he iscautiously optimistic that Syria will honour its undertaking to destroy itschemical weapons. US President Barack Obama has agreed to that courseof action for want of a better alternative.The sooner Syrian President Bashar al-Assad complies with Russia’srequest, the better it is for him as well as the hapless Syrians. But, thequestion is why the US, Russia and other world powers breathing down hisneck do not practise what they preach by decommissioning their nukes.The question is who helped Syria build stockpiles of chemical weapons.Saddam Hussein could not tell the world who had assisted him inproducing biological and chemical weapons as revealing such informationwould have been tantamount to hara-kiri for him at a time he was beingtried for crimes against civilians. Gaddafi would have gladly exposed thosewho had betrayed him after helping him procure weapons and perhapsthat was one of the reasons why he was silenced in captivity.President Assad needs to be pressured to mend his ways, but it will be agrave mistake for the western powers to use the Syrian rebels for thatpurpose. For, they are no better than Assad and his military. Western journalists have become targets of the rebels who consider them Americanspies. Paradoxically, these groups are dependent on the US and its allies tosustain their offensives against Assad! All signs are that they with al-Qaeda cadres within their ranks would turn Syria into a dangerous placefor the westerners if they succeed in overthrowing the Assad regime.In Libya, it was after ousting Gaddafi that rebels started killing oneanother. But, jihadists with al-Qaeda links better known as ISIS (IslamicState in Iraq and Syria) have already resorted to internecine violence; theyrecently drove their fellow rebels belonging to the Free Syrian Army from aborder town through sheer violence. This is just the tip of the iceberg andthe situation is expected to take a turn for the worse with the passage of