Chemical Weapons Convention
They should make clear to those contemplating their use that the international community can track them down and prosecute them.
For global problems like climate change, fragile states and refugees, we need new strategies of connection.
According to Human Rights Watch, the attacks were part of the overall military strategy to retake the city.
The fact that the OPCW exists made it possible for the international community to prevent a U.S. attack on Syria, which had seemed inevitable just weeks ago and the likely disastrous consequences that would have followed.
Poison gas is not only a "moral obscenity" -- one the United States stockpiled for decades after its use was banned in warfare -- but a metaphor for human recklessness and wasted science.
No good deed goes unpunished, as the French say. Case in point: President Obama's drawing and holding a "red line" against
U.S. policy regarding chemical weapons has been so inconsistent and politicized that the United States is in no position to take leadership in a military response to any use of such weaponry by Syria.
Can we rightly punish Assad for doing what his country never agreed not to do? Finger-pointing or worse, missile-pointing on our part at the bad guys of the world for breaking treaties that they never agreed to is rather useless, or even hypocritical.
If the Syrian government has used chemical weapons to massacre large numbers of people that is a real problem -- not only a dastardly act, but a clear violation of international law. But will the U.S. lobbing cruise missiles into Syria provide a solution to the problem?
If it is proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that the Syrian government is using chemical weapons on its people, the world -- and that includes the United States -- cannot and must not sit on its hands.