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  •  Was not aware Israel was not a signer (2+ / 0-)
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    joe from Lowell, david78209

    I wonder why?

    At any rate, Assad can start by collecting his weapons into central locations. Cantonment ensures they won't be used, and then destroying them can proceed more slowly.

    Everyone involved, including Assad, is motivated to keep these weapons out of the hands of Assad's enemies, some of whom are also nasty customers. That means a few strongly defended sites rather than many less defended ones.

    If Assad can get his weapons onto, say, 3 bases, foreign troops can set themselves up at those bases and secure the weapons.

    Take a lesson from the Beirut barracks and ensure that the foreign troops take adequate steps for their own protection.

    I'm on a mission! Testing the new site rules.

    by blue aardvark on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 01:29:42 PM PDT

    •  Assad could move them to the Russian naval base (1+ / 0-)
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      in Syria.  Someone suggested some of them may be there already, because it's one place in Syria we'd almost surely never bomb.  
      Russia would then have the dicey job of destroying them there, near a civil war, or transporting them someplace safer.  Unfortunately, all three sea routes out of the Mediterranean go through very narrow, populated areas:  The Straits of Gibraltar, the Suez Canal, or the Dardanelles and Bosporus.  The Bosporus is less than a mile wide, and Istanbul with a population of 15 million is right next to it.  The best choice might be to find some part of the Sahara Desert that isn't near a war, and do it there.

      We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

      by david78209 on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 01:51:39 PM PDT

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