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  •   You make it sound like you're sure Syria has (2+ / 0-)
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    corvo, truong son traveler

    chemical weapons.  If so, that should be taken up with the U.N.

    "I'm an antiwar propagandist as accused by democrats. Not even republicans have called me that."

    by BigAlinWashSt on Tue May 07, 2013 at 03:52:38 PM PDT

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    •  Looks like Syria admitted to having them in 2012, (5+ / 0-)

      but still the issue is so do alot of countries including this country and probably Israel.  We can't just go marching into all the countries that have chem weapons and destroy them.  What makes Syria different?  Because it isn't a  signator to the OPCW? These issues have to be taken up internationally not unilaterally by the U.S. and NATO.

      "I'm an antiwar propagandist as accused by democrats. Not even republicans have called me that."

      by BigAlinWashSt on Tue May 07, 2013 at 04:12:53 PM PDT

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    •  Here's a couple links (1+ / 0-)
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      Wikipedia on Syrian weapons

      Globalsecurity

      OPCW

      The Syrians aren't going to deal with OPCW until Israel fully ratifies the CWC..

      We have destroyed CW from other countries in the past. GA from Germany. Funded a good portion of the Russian demil program.

      •  Usually we carry out such destruction (3+ / 0-)

        under carefully controlled conditions and with the active cooperation of the country with such weapons.

        This is manifestly not the case here.

        Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

        by corvo on Tue May 07, 2013 at 06:09:07 PM PDT

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        •  correction: (1+ / 0-)
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          Not "usually" but rather "in the two examples you cite."  

          Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

          by corvo on Tue May 07, 2013 at 06:11:54 PM PDT

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    •  It has been taken up by the UN (2+ / 0-)
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      from Reuters 5 May

      U.N. human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria's civil war and medical staff indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday.

      The United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria has not yet seen evidence of government forces having used chemical weapons, which are banned under international law, said commission member Carla Del Ponte.

      "This was use on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities," she added, speaking in Italian.

      Orwell - "Political language ... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable"

      by truong son traveler on Tue May 07, 2013 at 10:56:41 PM PDT

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