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Wed Aug 28, 2013, 03:34 PM

Should Syria not be punished for using chemical weapons because Russia and China don't care.... [View all]

...if they did?

Let's put aside for the moment the "proof" that Assad did or did not, for I believe that the deal UN inspectors have with Assad prohibits them from determining fault.

Can we agree that Russia and China could not care less whether Syria is at fault? And that they would reject military or other punitive action, regardless, even if the UN inspectors were allowed to say, "we've determined Assad did this"?

Should the economic and political interests of two countries be allowed to prevent the rest of the world's powers from acting on international laws that criminalize the use of chemical weapons?

If you believe that Russia and China have the right to block all punitive action, are you at all concerned about the precedent this would set regarding use of chemical weapons?

I'd like to have a honest discussion on this topic. Just to summarize my position, I believe the use of chemical weapons has to be punished, period. I'm still waiting to hear the evidence collected by the West that leads them to believe Assad did. I do not hold much hope of the UN being able to determine fault, for the reasons listed above.

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