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  •  Syria is a signatory to the 1925 Geneva Protocols (1+ / 0-)
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    As for examining their waste water to find the chemical weapons plants, the US can do that (and presumably has done that, over the past few decades) without Syria's permission or knowledge. So it's a safe bet that the US knows the precise location of every nerve gas plant in Syria.

    •  Is bombing a remedy under the Geneva Protocols? (0+ / 0-)

      My understanding is that the Protocols do not justify some other country taking military action just because one of the signatories uses a prohibited substance. I'm not sure if the Protocol has an "or else" clause, but would assume it's through the UN.

      That's probably a good thing, given the number of times the US and its allies have used napalm, Agent Orange, white phosphorus, depleted uranium, and (allies including Saddam when he was our guy) mustard gas and sarin.

      •  the Protocols do not set the punishment for (2+ / 0-)
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        violations.  That is up to "international authorities" (i.e., the UN) to set.

        Yes, the use of military force is one of the options that can be used against violators.

        That's probably a good thing, given the number of times the US and its allies have used napalm, Agent Orange, white phosphorus, depleted uranium, and (allies including Saddam when he was our guy) mustard gas and sarin.
        It is questionable whether napalm, agent orange and white phosphorus are "chemical weapons" as defined by the 1925 Protocols and the Chemical Weapons Convention--that has been the subject of much argument. It depends a lot on the exact circumstances under which they are used. (The US did admit that some of its use of phosphorus in Iraq was illegal under the Conventions.) Depleted uranium is NOT a chemical weapon as defined by the treaties. As for Iraq's use of nerve gas, it was blatantly illegal, and it was the US which blocked any punishment for that.

        The fact that the US has indeed screamed to "enforce international law" against countries it does not like, while blocking the enforcement of those same international laws against countries it DOES like (including itself), is my primary reason why the US should NOT be allowed to become the world's self-appointed police force, and should NOT be allowed to unilaterally enforce any international law without prior authorization from the UN or NATO.

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