Sunday, October 23, 2016


White House National Security Council Statement this weekend --

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the Asad (sic) regime's defiance of the longstanding global norm against chemical weapons use and Syria's abrogation of its responsibilities under the Chemical Weapons Convention, which it joined in 2013. The Syrian regime has violated the Chemical Weapons Convention and UN Security Council Resolution 2118 by using industrial chlorine as a weapon against its own people.

White House statement in November 2013 soon after Syria joined the Chemical Weapons Convention -- which under the Lavrov-Kerry Pact, was presented as the solution to the Ghouta attack in August of that year:

October 31 marked a major milestone in our determined effort to get rid of Syria’s chemical weapons program. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced it is now confident that no additional chemical agents or munitions can be produced in Syria... In the end, Syria will be held accountable for the safe and swift elimination of its chemical weapons program and for full compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 2118, OPCW Executive Council decisions, and the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Also, it's forgotten now in a haze of chlorine, but OPCW won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013.

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