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Destroying Syria's chemical weapons won't be easy, but it's possible
Destroying Syria's chemical weapons won't be easy, but it's possible

Globally, chemical weapons demilitarization has been difficult, slow and costly, but with technologies that have been developed over the past two decades, the safe destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile is feasible. While the diplomats work out the principles for sequestering and eliminating Syrian chemical warfare materiel, our government and others should be developing a strategy for safe, secure demilitarization. That work must begin now, not only because it will take time, but also because it is likely to raise issues that the diplomats will need to resolve. In the eras before and after World War II, major powers disposed of their chemical weapons by burying them and...

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