Friday, November 01, 2013

Blog 8: Syria Destroys Chemical Sites, Inspectors Say

Summary:  Thursday, a day earlier than planned, weapons inspectors finished destroying 39 of Syria's 41 chemical weapons facilities.  Officials say this is a monumental step in destroying the entire chemical weapons arsenal possessed by Syria's government.  Syrian president Assad has ben relatively cooperative through the entire Russian-United States agreement to end the chemical weapons program, amidst a civil war that has killed more than 100,000 people.  The two facilities that haven't been destroyed are in a site that surrounded by fighting, and too dangerous to get to.

Analysis:  Supporters and opposition to the Syrian government are still skeptical that destroying the chemical weapons are the correct course of action to end the civil war.  There is still other means of oppression the government is using against its people, including denying humanitarian efforts to help the citizens affected by the war.  Others are also concerned about the chemical weapons possessed by Israel, Iran, and other parts of the Middle East.  Rebels are still skeptical of Assad's willingness to give up his chemical weapons so easily, as it secures his position as president at least until 2014.

Eva Holland
Friday, November 1

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