If it looks as if President Barack Obama has gone down the road of an “engineered catastrophe,” there is another option:
Already in place are the means and mechanism for dealing with Syria’s leadership as it pertains to chemical weapons. The vehicle was established at the Chemical Weapons Convention, was drafted in 1992 and ratified and was signed in 1997 by 189 United Nations member countries. The agreement, sponsored by the U.N., prohibits the use and production of chemical weapons for military situations and assures total compliance. It also provides for the elimination and destruction of all chemical weapons that could be used for military purposes. As of January, 78 percent of the declared stockpile had been destroyed, much of which was accomplished with funding from the United States — approximately $20 billion to date.
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