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Syria Teaches a Lesson about Cheating on Arms Control – Editorial (Washington Post via Daily Alert)

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Apr. 13, 2017

Syria Teaches a Lesson about Cheating on Arms Control – Editorial (Washington Post)

  • Bashar al-Assad’s regime relinquished a large stockpile of chemical weapons under pressure but concealed some, or made new stocks, to eventually kill again, possibly with the connivance of Russia and Iran.
  • The arms-control agreement Damascus signed did not protect the civilians who were murdered. Ever since the removal operation, suspicions had been growing that Assad possessed an undeclared cache of chemical weapons.
  • In recent years, there has been far too much complacency about the dangers of non-nuclear weapons of mass destruction. Chemical and biological substances that cause great harm can be easily concealed.
  • Arms-control agreements work when they are verifiable, with intrusive inspections. But they can be subverted.
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