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Stand With President Obama On Syria–Using Chemical Weapons Can Not Be Tolerated

August 30, 2013

The world community is needing a leader today.  Thankfully there is President Obama to show the way forward.

Lest others around the world are not able to grasp the facts, let us review them.

Using chemical arms is considered a war crime and banned under international treaties, including the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Geneva Protocol and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

President Obama spoke to the matter on PBS’ NewsHour last evening.

“[I]f, in fact, we can take limited, tailored approaches, not getting drawn into a long conflict — not a repetition of, you know, Iraq, which I know a lot of people are worried about — but if we are saying in a clear and decisive but very limited way, we send a shot across the bow saying, ‘Stop doing this,’ that can have a positive impact on our national security over the long term… and may have a positive impact in the sense that chemical weapons are not used again on innocent civilians.”

It is not easy being president under the best of circumstances.  There are always partisan attacks and roadblocks along the way.  But this past week is one that will demonstrate to future generations what resolve and determination in pursuit of international justice looks like.

Make no mistake that justice is required with this matter of Syria using chemical weapons.  Assad crossed a line that can not be tolerated.  If some around the world show lack of will to push back against his use of chemical weapons then let it be the United States to again prove that we can carry the burden and meet the requirements demanded by history.

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