Here we go again.
The current Washington line is that Syria destroyed all of their chemical weapon stockpiles. Even though that claim has been discredited, now we find out that not only has Syria not destroyed all of their chemical weapons, they have hidden stockpiles and even manufacturing facilities that are still in use.
The red line has been crossed. The deal brokered by Putin and Assad that was so embarrassing for the administration has been shown to be a sham and our country’s response will be what?
“UN’s @SigridKaag said 4 facilities identified that regime failed to declare. Must keep pressure on regime so it doesn’t hide CW capability,” tweeted Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
Other official responses to Syria’s deception have been along the same line. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a press release, “The United States is gravely concerned about the findings in this report, which point to a violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. The Assad regime must know that it will be held to account for such use in the international community.”
If being held to account means that we are helping Assad by bombing rebels, which include ISIS, in his country, with his knowledge, then he is being held to account. This action by Syria is a violation of the armament plan and needs to be addressed with more than mild condemnations and less-than-harsh words.
This, of course, doesn’t include the dual use chemicals, such as chlorine, that have been used by the Assad regime. The Assad regime is not a government we need to be working with. The crimes committed by them will come back to haunt us.
Like our support of Saddam Hussein in the 80’s, our support, or even tolerance, of Assad will not end well. We were outmaneuvered a year ago, and the results of that are in front of our face.
Although our main thrust needs to be against ISIS, and stopping their atrocities, clarity is what is needed in this conflict. The idea that we are working with Assad, just a few years after we were demanding he step down for genocide against his own population, will be seen in the Middle East and around the world as nothing more than propping up a tyrant for our own purposes. It will be seen that way because that is what it is.
Holding the Assad regime responsible for its international agreement, on the other hand, would be a clear signal that we are not interested in the future of the Assad regime and that we are concerned with the rebel’s possible acquisition of chemical weapons. If Assad is not willing to give up these and any other chemical weapon facilities, then destroying them completely is a viable alternative. We already our conducting air strikes against targets in Syria, just add four more.
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