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  •  Huh? (0+ / 0-)

    How can he give up weapons if they aren't under his control? Wouldn't the person under whose control his chemical weapons are under have to give them up? If they're under his military commenders' control, and not his own, then he can't give them up.

    Assad has been back into a corner by international outrage and Russia knows it. Thankfully, some people threatened to put some force behind it to force their hand.

    •  Because Assad is still in charge of the military (0+ / 0-)

      I assume that it was a limited act of disobedience that led to the use of chemical weapons, but one that could be repeated. I personally feel that this scenario makes a lot more sense than Assad choosing to do the one thing that would bring the world into the fight on the side of the rebels. Overall Assad is probably in charge of the military and could enact a directive to collect and dispose of the chemical weapons. If doing so would save his hide he can probably find loyalists who could make it happen.

      But the international inspectors would have to be cognizant of the fact that elements in the Syrian military might work against this directive and try to hide some of the weapons to keep them from being removed. Or Assad himself could do so. Certainly this information from Germany should be looked at as part of the whole equation.

      There's a difference between a responsible gun owner and one that's been lucky so far.

      by BeerNotWar on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 12:40:17 PM PDT

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