December 6, 2012

Syria's Chemical Weapons Nightmare

Dina Esfandiary, The Diplomat

AP Photo

The last several days have seen a dramatic rise in tension over the possibility that Syria’s embattled President Bashar Al-Assad might resort to using chemical weapons as the tide of the country’s civil war turns increasingly against him. But before we get carried away, it is important to note that the situation is far from clear.


Given the latest developments in Syria, fear that Assad will resort to these weapons is not unreasonable. Pressure must be mounting for Syria’s ruler, as the rebels advance and his army proves increasingly unable to push them back. Logic dictates that if Assad truly fears for his survival, then the use of his most potent weapon may not be so far-fetched.


But on the other hand, we should measure our alarm. A reckless...

Read Full Article ››



December 4, 2012
Why Draw the Line at Chemical Weapons?
Max Boot, Contentions
  I am not objecting to the tough stance the administration is taking on chemical weapons use by the Syrian regime. I just wish its outrage–combined with the willingness to act–extended to all the other horrifying and... more ››
December 5, 2012
Is Russia About to Ditch Syria? Does It Matter?
Mark Adomanis, Forbes
I can’t tell you how many articles I’ve read which basically say “overthrow Assad now and then we’ll worry about the rest later.” The Russians are perfectly right to point out that such a... more ››
December 4, 2012
Syrians Had Better Die the Right Way
Dominic Tierney, The Atlantic
The United States announced that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government would be a "red line," potentially triggering intervention. The White House fears that "an increasingly beleaguered regime" may be plotting... more ››
December 4, 2012
What Is the U.S. Doing About Syria?
Boston Herald
The festering wound that is now Syria’s Assad regime has become a danger not simply to the people of Syria but to the entire region. And the U.S. is doing what exactly about it? more ››