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Most readers know this is true. Chemical weapons, according to the Syrian war manual, are reserved not so much for their enemies but for their fellow Syrians.
(For some background on how the Israeli side treats its Syrian enemies, see David Hornik's essay on the PJ Media website.)
We now know [see "In Syria, U.N. inspectors find ‘clear and convincing’ evidence of chemical attack", Washington Post] that the inspection report presented to the U.N. Security Council on Monday does not explicitly ascribe blame for the mass killing of Syrians by Syrians in a chemical warfare attack. But the evidence in the report, in particular the trajectory of the lethal rockets that delivered the chemical poison, points specifically to one of the two barbaric sides - the Syrian government - as bearing responsibility.
Smoking guns belong to Hollywood. In the real world, disputed facts are rarely resolved more clearly than what has been uncovered in Syria. Syria's political leaders who denied ever having had chemical weapons grabbed the opportunity last week to do an inventory of them and agreed for what they said they never possessed to be destroyed. We're entitled to draw conclusions.
Each of the international organizations listed below counts the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Abbas as a member according to Wikipedia (in alphabetical order)
Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa, Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, Arab League, Arab Monetary Fund, Council of Arab Economic Unity, Customs Cooperation Council, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, Food and Agricultural Organization, Group of 24, Group of 77, International Atomic Energy Agency, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Civil Aviation Organization, International Chamber of Commerce, International Development Association, Islamic Development Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development, International Finance Corporation, International Labour Organization, International Monetary Fund, International Maritime Organization, INTELSAT, INTERPOL, International Olympic Committee, International Organization for Standardization, International Telecommunication Union, League of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Non-Aligned Movement, Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, UN, UN Commission on Human Rights, UN Conference on Trade and Development, UN Industrial Development Organization, UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, Universal Postal Union, World Federation of Trade Unions, World Health Organization, World Meteorological Organization, World Tourism Organization.Ordinary people like us, non-political figures, are wondering how many of them have taken, are now taking, or are planning to take, any steps of any sort whatsoever to express in a practical way the revulsion that a chemical massacre as an act of ultimate hostility arouses in the ranks of rational humanity.