Children up and down the land of Syria are tonight celebrating the news that the government's chemical weapon stockpile has been safely destroyed.
Said one young plucky lad, "This is splendid news. Who would have thought East and West would have been able to cooperate in such a way that this awful threat of nerve gas has been removed and now our untimely deaths will come from a plethora of much more pleasant alternatives like being buried alive in a building destroyed by a rocket attack or, one of my favourites, being poisoned from contaminated drinking water."
Another kid we spoke to was equally upbeat. "I was worried about how in heaven's name I would be able to run away from the sarin gas," he explained, "because I have quite a bad dose of polio that has left me partially paralysed. But now, that threat has gone and I only have to worry about passing on this disease to my brothers and sisters who look after me."
A young mother and her 6 year old daughter who we came across searching for bread in the remains of a bombed out shop were altogether positive about the reduced threat of a chemical attack. "When we see those planes come over, we have no fear of gas any more, thanks to the brave Mr Putin and Mr Obama. We wave to the planes. All they can do now is machine gun us, or perhaps drop magnesium bombs on our house, which as you can imagine we relish and something we already look forward to telling our grandchildren about one day."
"Mr Putin and Obama have done great work here - Syria is such a safer place now. I am thinking of opening a travel agency and welcoming the tourists," she continued.
"If Mr Putin would like to come and stay with my family we would make him so at home I am certain he would never leave."