Assad is a lucky man

2013-10-28 00:00

“THAT prize should have been given to me,” joked Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, shortly after the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on October 11. The guests who were gathered in his palace in Damascus presumably laughed, out of courtesy to their host, but they all knew that giving up Syria’s chemical weapons hadn’t been Assad’s idea at all.

He’s really doing it, too. Sixty out of a planned hundred OPCW inspectors are already in Syria, and they have made no complaints about a lack of co-operation by Damascus.

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