Kerry: Syria peace prospects ride on weapons talks

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 13, 2013 2:18 p.m.

    Did Asaad, or Syria sign any kind of CWC agreement?

    Unfortunately, we cannot trust what our leaders say.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Sept. 13, 2013 10:11 a.m.

    Instead of whining about all the reasons "we can't, JWB should at least agree that eliminating chemical weapons is something the world knows how to do, and IS doing in many countries, including the U.S.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 13, 2013 8:57 a.m.

    The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) is pretty explicit about the procedures for a State Party, such as Syria is now. Asaad is sort of like Ghadafi, joining when they are under extreme pressure to do so. If the rebels take control, it will be interesting to see if the binding contract of the CWC will still be in effect. If Asaad isn't honest on all of his chemical weapons and assets relating to the chemical agent, then those rebels may still have access to those weapons of chemical agents.

    The process to destroy those 1000s of tons of weapons at 2.5 pounds each can take years to do considering if they use a portable or a fixed site. The portable is not as safe to use considering the amount of agent and weapons types but the fixed site can take years to build, if done right. Then you have to have qualified people do the destruction process with all the personal protective equipment and environmental considerations.

    The transporting of that large of a cache is a problem also, especially from multiple and remote sites to the destruction facility, whether portable or fixed.

    The UN political machine is bureaucratic, also.