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Jeff Danziger | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Playing 'Decider' on Syria

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The big problem -- not just for Obama, but for America -- is that there simply aren't a whole lot of good options in Syria. So I thought it'd be worthwhile to go through them, in the spirit of Bush's "decider room."

Syria and Chemical Weapons

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 06.29.2013 | World
Joe Peyronnin

Here we go again. Syria's apparent use of a small amount of chemical weapons against its own people has many Republicans and conservatives calling for President Barack Obama to intervene. Yeah, easy, right? Just like Iraq.

Game Changers in Syria?

Jon Wolfsthal | Posted 06.28.2013 | World
Jon Wolfsthal

If we are to have any hope of riding the world of weapons of mass destruction, then clearly making good on our commitments to respond strongly to their use is a critical obligation.

Pattern Seen In Alleged Chemical Weapons Use In Syria

AP | RYAN LUCAS | Posted 04.29.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- The instances in which chemical weapons are alleged to have been used in Syria were purportedly small in scale: nothing along the lines of S...

White House Holds Back After Alarming Syria Reports

AP | Posted 06.23.2013 | World

WASHINGTON — The White House says the U.S. hasn't yet come to the conclusion that Syrian President Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons even t...

Reports: Britain, France Inform UN They Believe Chemical Weapons Used In Syria

Posted 04.18.2013 | World

Britain and France have reportedly informed the United Nations that they believe there is evidence that chemical weapons have been used in the conflic...

Chemical Weapons in Syria Will Be Worse Than We Can Know

Jeremy Courtney | Posted 05.29.2013 | World
Jeremy Courtney

The long-tail effects of chemical weapons continue to plague Iraq today, burdening a decimated health care system, and providing horrifying visual fodder for extremists who would incite hatred against the West.

Opposition Accuses Syrian Forces Of Firing Chemical Weapons At Rebels

Reuters | Posted 05.24.2013 | World

AMMAN, March 25 (Reuters) - Syrian opposition campaigners said on Monday Syrian forces fired what they said were chemical weapons from multiple roc...

Arab Dictator Gasses Own People -- Now and Then

Barry Lando | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
Barry Lando

How could any U.S. administration stand by as an Arab dictator gassed his own people? The fact is they did: President Reagan not only turned his back on such ruthless attacks, though they were substantiated by grisly video evidence, but continued to aid the tyrant who was ordering the savagery.

Syrian Opposition Demands Probe Of Chemical Weapons Attack

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 05.20.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Syria's government and rebels on Wednesday both demanded an international investigation into an alleged chemical weapons attack, as the...

Syria Accuses Rebels Of Firing Chemical Weapon

AP | ALBERT AJI and BEN HUBBARD | Posted 05.19.2013 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria's government and rebels traded accusations Tuesday of a chemical attack on a northern village for the first time in the ...

Chemicals in Syria, Russia's Time to Act

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 03.30.2013 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

The U.S. surely, as well as NATO at large, cannot be indifferent to the issue of chemical weapons in Syria, and there is another country whose interest is definitely to prevent the use of chemicals. This is Russia.

Sarin Over Aleppo

Jonathan R. Hunt | Posted 03.13.2013 | World
Jonathan R. Hunt

Revelations that the Russian Foreign Minister and Hillary Clinton agreed that Washington would refrain from intervening in Syria if Russia secured Bashar Assad's chemical weapons demonstrated how compromise unavoidably attends American efforts to spread humanitarian ideals globally.

Gun Control and Arms Control

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 03.01.2013 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Preventing or restraining armed aggression needs to be tackled not only by arms control and disarmament, but by just and effective governance on the local, national, and international levels.

Syrian Rebels Fear Chemical Weapons

AP | KARIN LAUB | Posted 02.18.2013 | World

MAARET MISREEN, Syria — The new Syrian rebel chief said he's been moving between safe houses since taking up command, even changing quarters twi...

How to Avoid a Failed Post-Assad Syria

Joel Rubin | Posted 02.16.2013 | World
Joel Rubin

While there are no good options for how to deal with this situation, there still are options that we must explore that will both put an end to this conflict while securing our interests.

Should the U.S. Secure Syria's Chemical Weapons?

Jesse Aizenstat | Posted 02.13.2013 | World
Jesse Aizenstat

Given the historical nature of when states tend to use chemical weapons, it would seem unlikely President Assad would use them now. But problems still exist.

Scolding Syria

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 02.05.2013 | World
Joseph Blady, M.D.

If our government wants to draw an arbitrary, rather hypocritical line in the sand at Assad's use of chemical weapons, fine. If we're going to bring the world back to its senses, we have to start somewhere. But I would apply two caveats.

Reports: Syria Prepares Chemical Weapons For Possible Use

Posted 12.06.2012 | World

Syria's military has loaded chemical weapons into aerial bombs and is awaiting authorization for their use from President Bashar al-Assad, NBC News an...

The Road of Damascus: Shared Heritage Imperiled by a Savage Civil War

Paul Gunther | Posted 02.04.2013 | World
Paul Gunther

Syria endures as one of the world's greatest cultural crossroads. Its architectural and archeological record lends dignity and pride of place to its citizens. The question today is, can this precious national patrimony survive another year or even a few more months?

The Trouble with Syria

Joshua Gleis | Posted 10.09.2012 | World
Joshua Gleis

For many people around the world, Syria's civil war might not appear to have particular significance for them. Yet the troubles in Syria could quickly escalate, causing very real consequences felt worldwide.

Assad Regime's Final WMD Gambit Plays to Israel, U.S. Fears

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 09.24.2012 | World
Firas Al-Atraqchi

Last week when rebels infiltrated the capital, surprising both the military and the residents living there, many analysts predicted that the Assad regime's downfall was imminent.

Israel: Syria's Chemical Weapons 'Under Full Control' Of The Regime

Reuters | Posted 09.23.2012 | World

JERUSALEM, July 24 (Reuters) - The Syrian government is still in full control of its chemical weapons stockpiles, a senior Israeli d...

Late Libyan Leader Had Undeclared Stockpile Of Chemical Weapons

AP | By MIKE CORDER | Posted 01.20.2012 | World

AMSTERDAM -- International inspectors have confirmed that late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi had an undeclared stockpile of chemical weapons, the or...