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    churchylafemme, Johnny Q
    "So I don't know how this is now a great case against any intervention.  "
    If Assad did not order the attack, then the entire alleged motivation for an intervention by the US, namely to deter Assad from using chemical weapons, falls apart.

    So the question about what to do now comes down to this.  Should we seek the peaceful solution advanced by Putin and which would remove any possible future of chemical weapons?

    Or should we just launch air strikes to punish Assad for not behaving exactly as we demand he should?

    •  Not obvious at all. (1+ / 0-)
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      cotterperson

      The threat of a military assault is causing Assad to give up his chemical weapons program.   He ultimately is in control of his chemical weapons, thus if he gave word or somebody went rogue and used them - the military threat is causing Assad to act.  If there was no threat because "it wasn't Assad who gave the order but some underling, and we trust Assad will make sure that doesn't happen again" you can bet that wouldn't have been any impetus for Assad to look to the solution where he gives up chemical weapons to Russia for safeguard.  

      When you have WMD's, part of the huge responsibility is to make damn sure you secure and control 100% of it at all times and have safeguards in place to make sure nobody can go rogue with any of it.  

      If Assad doesn't have that kind of ultimate control over his CW's it means he doesn't have the right to have them.  So either he gives them up to show he understands this, or he faces a military strike to let him know we're serious and he'll think twice about using them again (or having his military capable of using them again).  

      “I will be far more aggressive in my reporting from now. I am going to publish many more documents. I have many more documents on England’s spy system. I think they will be sorry for what they did.” -G.Greenwald

      by Jacoby Jonze on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 08:01:35 AM PDT

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