Chemical weapons have been used in Syria’s civil war. Whether the Syrian rebels used them or the Syrian regime, that chemical weapons have been deployed in the conflict is a fact. At issue then is “what to do about it?”
Worrisome is the possibility that the cache of chemical weapons may be out of the control of Syria’s political leadership including president Bashar Al-Assad. If the weapons become dispersed, regional security would be threatened in Middle East and North Africa amidst rising sectarian and partisan tensions being coopted by Islamic extremists in Egypt, Syria and Iraq.
The first order of business of the international community, therefore, is to secure and dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons without intervening in the civil war. Then, Syria’s civil war without the chemical weapons would only be of humanitarian concern, as any other civil war, without weapons of mass destruction to contend with.
President Obama must be commended for seeking the approval of the United States Congress, as the Constitution says, for the use of force in Syria.
The eradication of chemical weapons in Syria is a necessary war. Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad must voluntarily give up chemical weapons and fight the civil war.