In Foreign Policy, Colum Lynch reports on more of the U.N.-Syria slapfest and says that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has warned of “dire consequences” if Syria uses chemical weapons against its own people. Lynch also outlines some of the alternate reality that Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mouallem is living in:
In a speech this afternoon before the U.N. General Assembly, Mouallem made no reference to Syria’s chemical weapons program. Instead, he delivered a combative speech, accusing the United States and its allies of abetting terrorism in Syria and blatantly interfering in the country’s internal affairs. He also claimed that the Syrian refugee crisis has been “fabricated” by armed groups seeking to exploit their plight to raise funds for their cause.
The Syrian diplomat’s speech offered a starkly different account of realities on the ground in Syria than that described by Syrian activists, foreign journalists, the United Nations, and most Arab and Western governments, who have blamed the Syrian armed forces, and government-backed militias, for driving more than 300,000 refugees into neighboring countries, including Iraq, Jordan, and Turkey.