Dismantling Syria chemical weapons arsenal would be tough task
Any deal with Syria to hand over its chemical weapons in the middle of a chaotic civil war would be difficult for inspectors to enforce and destroying them would likely take years, US officials and experts caution.
Syria's strongest backer, Russia, proposed on Monday that Damascus save itself from a US military strike over its alleged use of chemical weapons by putting its stockpiles under international control.
The proposal was welcomed by Syria and seized upon by the secretary-general of the United Nations. US President Barack Obama said the offer was a potential breakthrough but had to be handled with skepticism....
Apparently the Russians must have read this article, that suggested that they do something like this to make themselves look good! Syria conflict and the oil market: Worst and best scenarios. The Russians and Syrians seemed to have followed this article to the letter, Giving Russia, Syria, and the U.S. a way to look good, while as the article that SA has put up shows that's it is a meaningless gesture.