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Chemical Weapons Convention

Nobel Peace Prize to OPCW Rebukes U.S. Unilateralism

Stephen Zunes | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Stephen Zunes

The fact that the OPCW exists made it possible for the international community to prevent a U.S. attack on Syria, which had seemed inevitable just weeks ago and the likely disastrous consequences that would have followed.

Poison Values

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Poison gas is not only a "moral obscenity" -- one the United States stockpiled for decades after its use was banned in warfare -- but a metaphor for human recklessness and wasted science.

Obama's Principled "Red Line" on Syria (Which, By the Way, Worked)

Carla Seaquist | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

No good deed goes unpunished, as the French say. Case in point: President Obama's drawing and holding a "red line" against Syrian president Bashar al...

U.S. Record on Chemical Weapons Weakens Standing in Challenging Syria

Stephen Zunes | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

U.S. policy regarding chemical weapons has been so inconsistent and politicized that the United States is in no position to take leadership in a military response to any use of such weaponry by Syria.

Punishing Assad

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
Richard W. Kropf

Can we rightly punish Assad for doing what his country never agreed not to do? Finger-pointing or worse, missile-pointing on our part at the bad guys of the world for breaking treaties that they never agreed to is rather useless, or even hypocritical.

The Problem of Syria -- and a Solution

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Lawrence Wittner

If the Syrian government has used chemical weapons to massacre large numbers of people that is a real problem -- not only a dastardly act, but a clear violation of international law. But will the U.S. lobbing cruise missiles into Syria provide a solution to the problem?

Why Syria Must Not Be Allowed to Cross That Notorious 'Red Line'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 06.30.2013 | World
Dorian de Wind

If it is proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that the Syrian government is using chemical weapons on its people, the world -- and that includes the United States -- cannot and must not sit on its hands.

Army's Botched Deadlines Could Force Arms Depots To Blow Up Chemical Weapons

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

(Scroll Down For Video) RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) -- Under the gun to destroy the U.S. chemical weapons stockpile - and now all but certain to miss their d...