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Human spirit revives with world affairs
12:00pm Friday 4th October 2013 in News
ONLY three weeks ago, we stared the possibility of international conflict in the face.
On one side, we had the UK, USA and France, all gearing up for armed intervention over the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
On the other was Russia and Iran, both supporting Bashar Assad’s murderous regime, each for their own reasons. In the middle, as always, were the millions of innocents, who remain trapped in a vicious civil war. Into this cauldron, the UK considered dropping bombs, until a vote in the House of Commons forced, I believe, a sea-change in world affairs. The US Congress suddenly demanded its own vote, a popular move in a country tired of war.
Then Russia’s President Putin exploited a hint by US Secretary of State John Kerry that attacks could be averted if Syria gave up its chemical arsenal. As the world held its breath, Assad agreed.
And, this week, incredibly, chemical weapons’ experts have begun disassembling Syria’s 1,000-tonnes of toxic gas.
Simultaneously, and for the first time in decades, Iran’s new President is actively pursuing talks with the US.
Rohani wants crippling international sanctions lifted, while Obama seeks to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons’ programme.
The former’s stated desire for ‘a new start in new circumstances’ might yet change the world.
Even more surprising, senior officials from North Korea, one of the most repressive regimes in the world, were in London this week meeting diplomats for ‘unofficial talks’.
All this was unthinkable a few weeks ago, but we must not be complacent. Syria remains in the grip of a bloody struggle, while Iran and North Korea may yet prove intractable.
However, don’t underestimate the power of the human spirit. History shows that, in the end, it does prevail
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