U.N.: Chemical weapons use must be punished
August 26th, 2013
01:35 AM ET

U.N.: Chemical weapons use must be punished

The use chemical weapons is a crime against humanity and must be punished, United Nations chief Ban Ki-Moon told journalists Monday in Seoul, South Korea.

Washington may be preparing to take on the role of the punisher, if reports the Syrian government used poison gas against civilians are verified.

U.N. inspectors on the ground in Syria may be close to doing that.

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  1. saywhat

    How Russia would respond is an unknown despite their warning to US. An attack on Syria undoubtedly would complicate an already extremely volatile environment in the region with us trying to keep on to some kind of a toe hold. Hardly a vantage point for the US which was a major influence and partner in the region a decade back.

    August 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    @Hope
    its hardly that transparent. Situation on the ground makes assessments agenda driven.
    I can't see any good coming out of an attack on Syria given the region's current status .If anything its going to help Alqaeda.Just as NATO war in Libya.

    August 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hope

    Optimism... How sweet it is!

    August 26, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hope

    Luv ya, too... But I disagree.

    It'll be okay.

    August 26, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Lets hope so.
    We just sold $645 million of cluster bombs to S.Arabia despite an international ban on these inhuman weapons.
    Israel has been using White Phosphorous in attacks on civilian population in occupied territories. And depleted uranium was used in artillery shells during Iraqi invasion.
    So what exactly are the lofty 'ideals' involved here?

    August 26, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    If all this doesn't disturb any thinking American who loves his country, then whatever is dished out to us and where we are headed we deserve it.

    August 26, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hope

    Please... where are you getting your info?

    Post a link.

    Thanks

    August 26, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hope

    Waiting... or are we supposed to take your word?

    August 26, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    My dear blogger this is common knowledge, nothing hidden. Read John Reed's article in Foreign Policy (FP) for sale of munitions to S.Arabia.

    Jo

    August 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    in April of 2013 according to Israeli newspaper Maa'riv, IDF announced that it is going to discontinue use of White Phosphorous against Palestinian population and on use of depleted uranium in artillery shells and its effects on babies born in Iraq , which is not exactly breaking news you can research it anywhere.

    August 26, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Please post the link from April ... or repost your info. You lost me. How does the U.S. fit into this? Common knowledge for the uncommon.

      August 26, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    And@Hope i never want anyone to take my word on issues we discuss, i do my research and am usually quoting sources as those who care to read my comments would know.

    August 26, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    No@Hope chemical weapons were used against Iranians during the waning days of Iraq-Iran war.

    August 26, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    I do try to read up on issues my friend. Maariv,Haaret'z, Independent, guardian,Washington Post, N.Y times, Huffington Post, Common dreams, Counter Punch, antiwar.com, Veterans Today, Veterans News Now are some of the sources i defer to besides regular news outlets.

    August 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    Have a good one folks.

    August 26, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    Had to come back
    @Hope read Maariv headlines on April 25. You can also read an article by the Ida Landau the Jewish academic in Ben-Gurion university published in +972 .
    I can keep quoting sources but its up to you to research if you are serious about an issue.
    As for US role. Isn't the attack on Syria supposedly planned in retaliation for the use of chemical weapons? Well where were we when chemical weapons were being used by other countries and where were our ideals when we used depleted uranium ourselves or sold cluster bombs to S.Arabia?
    I beg leave now.

    August 26, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
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