The world will be a safer place if the surprising agreement that led
to the promised destruction of Syria’s stockpile of deadly chemical
weapons can pave the way for the banning of such weapons from the entire
Middle East and eventually the world.
The next move is up to Israel and Egypt.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad surprised the world in September when he agreed
to sign the Chemical Weapons Convention barring the use of such weapons
and to permit the supervised destruction of all his chemical weapon
stocks. The move was designed to halt an expected U.S. bombing campaign
against his country after al-Assad used chemical weapons against his own
people in the Syrian civil war.
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