January 2, 2013

The Menace of Syria's Chemical Weapons

Jamie Fly, Wall Street Journal

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After standing on the sidelines for 21 months while Syrian dictator Bashar Assad slaughtered tens of thousands of his own people, President Obama recently warned that Assad will cross a "red line" if he uses his chemical arsenal. "If you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons," he said, "there will be consequences, and you will be held accountable."

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TAGGED: chemical weapons, WMD, Syria


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