Posted in September 2013

Syria and chemical weapons

Syria has violated international standards by its use of chemical weapons. But the more serious crime is that it targeted civilians. Chemical weapons were banned after WWI because they are difficult to contain. Aim one place and they are liable to blow in another direction. But many weapons produce unintended deaths of civilians because no … Continue reading

Congress and Syria

It is right that Obama turns to Congress for approval of American bombing of Syria. But this only the first step. The next is to get international approval. Barring that, it is difficult to see what good outcome there can be.