of breeding your national terrorists...
SPIEGEL: What was the effect of US President Barack Obama not having done anything after poison gas was deployed in Syria; after the red line had clearly been crossed twice? Is America's unwillingness, or inability, to intervene a dangerous portent?
Brahimi: I think that Obama -- and the Russians -- decided that, rather than take punishing action, they would solve the problem at its roots, and they may have done that. From their point of view, and from Israel's, that is the better solution. But many Syrians on both sides are rather unhappy that the government is giving up the only strategic weapons they have; a weapon that was acquired at enormous cost to the people of Syria.
SPIEGEL: What do you think will ultimately become of Syria?
Brahimi: It will be become another Somalia. It will not be divided, as many have predicted. It's going to be a failed state, with warlords all over the place.
SPIEGEL: What can the international community do, Europe in particular? What should Germany do?
Brahimi: The people in your governments know how dangerous this crisis is and how important it is to support a political solution.
SPIEGEL: Are you referring to the 320 Germans that have thus far joined ISIS?
Brahimi: And to the 500 or 600 French, the 500 or 600 British, and so on and so forth. There are several thousand non-Syrians. My goodness! These are your nationals that are training in Syria and that are part of ISIS, which believes that you have got to build an Islamic state all over the world, starting with Berlin. That's a threat to you, isn't it?...
Lakdar Brahimi, an Algerian national, was the United Nations special envoy to Syria from 2012 until this May, when he stepped down. Brahimi has been working for the UN and the Arab League for decades and was the UN's special representative to Afghanistan and, later, Iraq. He is involved in several global peace initiatives and is a governing board member at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. He was foreign minister of Algeria in the early 1990s.
Gus note: Most of the "rebels" (fudanmentalist Jihadists) in Syria are Al Qaeda Sunnis (Wahhabi) funded by the Saudis.