It would appear that Kerry’s ultimatum might have been a little faux pas, which Washington now has the audacity to tell us should be understood “rhetorically” and referred to something that was unlikely to happen. Of course, the attack on Syria, however, was intended within a week.
Nevertheless, we now have Obama, possibly reluctantly, having to welcome the Russian proposal for Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control as a “possible breakthrough” and a “potentially positive development”. Once again, historical parallels come to mind with Adolf Hitler when he was deprived of his war at Munich in October 1938. Hitler was to have his war a year later and there is enough evidence to suggest that there are further parallels to come.