Friday, November 01, 2013

blog#8: Syria Destroys Chemical Sites, Inspectors Say

Following the chemical attacks of aug 21st the syrian government was ordered to destroy all of its chemical weapons and to destroy all of the sites and factories that had the capacity to create chemical weapons. As of today Syria's ability to create chemical weapons has been destroyed. The remaining weapons are secure and president Bashar al-Assad has been very cooperative with this initiative. The administration still has the daunting task to destroy the 1290 tons of weaponry. However, despite various obstacles that have come up the Syrians have met all of their deadlines so far. The Syrian government has been keen to make the deadlines to give themselves better credibility and as a reliable nation. Critics of the regime say that the attacks of the 21st of august were supposed to bring the US in to kick the president out not to come to an agreement that makes the current president seem like he's a good person and a man of his word. The opposing governments say that they still hold Mr. Assad responsible for the death of the 1400 people but that destroying the weapons was a very important step that first had to be achieve. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says that it is says that its satisfied with the progress the syrians have made to destroy their weapons. the Syrians have said that the weapons were never practical and that their destruction would allow for the attention to shift to Israel and their nuclear weapons. The Syrian Government blames the attacks on the rebels. UN investigations have turned up evidence that the weapons were fired from government bases overlooking Damascus. The United States will not pressure Israel to give up its weapons before reaching an agreement with Iran. Iran seems peaceful but Israel believes that they are trying to set up a nuclear program.

This progress made by Syria by them making all their deadline so far shows that if go about things the right way we can avoid war and terror. Sometimes our fist response to things like Syria using chemical weapons on its people would be to use weapons in return to "punish" them. This is how we reacted, but in the end we made the right decision and now cam use this when dealing with Iran. Maybe this is a step toward global policing. But, with the critics of the regime saying that the attack was supposed to be used to bring down the president down and Mr. Assad still placing blame on the rebels, we wonder if we made much progress in the country. Removing their chemical weapons is a good thing but we should also maybe be concerned with the leadership and the people and how they are doing. The constant tension between the two won't make attacks on each other any different even if we did rid them of their chemical weapons.

Kateland Patino

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