| Nov 18, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Desperately yearning for the carnage of the Lebanese civil war to end, my mother once told a neighbor, "I don't know whether to prepare dinner for my children or myself for a funeral."
It was 1975, I was 10 years old, and my neighborhood in Beirut had...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 2:00 AM
A team of scientists at Aberdeen Proving Ground may play a critical role in helping the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which recently won the Nobel Peace Prize, disarm Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons.
In a squat brick...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 1:25 PM
Officials at the World Health Organization warned this week that a recent outbreak of polio among children in Syria potentially could threaten the entire region unless urgent steps are taken to halt its spread. The United Nations reported that the two-...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 10:53 AM
It took chemical weapons to make the deaths of Syrian civilians matter to the rest of the world. Prior to the sarin gas attack near Damascus in August, more than 100,000 had died in the civil war, including many innocent civilians. After the chemical...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 10:56 AM
United Nations inspectors aren't saying who launched the chemical weapons attack that killed 1,400 people in Syria in August, but it would be difficult for anyone — including President Bashar Assad's apologists in Moscow — to maintain the...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 12:26 PM
While the slaughter goes on in the Syrian civil war, a remarkable war of words has broken out over the threatened use of American force there, led by of all people Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Moscow's strongman of the post-Cold War era, or at least...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 4:00 PM
Dr. Adam Kushner agreed to go to Syria last month to help in any way he was needed. And when the Baltimore surgeon got there, the work was waiting for him.
In the hours before he arrived at a small hospital in the northern province of Aleppo, a nearby...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 11:15 AM
The Obama administration has decided to strike at the Assad regime in Syria because of its alleged use of chemical weapons in a civil war that has already killed about 100,000 people and sent millions of refugees into Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq ("...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 10:36 AM
Vladimir Putin may be the world's most hypocritical leader.
The debate over the Syrian chemical weapons attack has brought this into sharp focus. The Russian president has repeatedly called the idea that the Syrian government carried out the attack...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 9:45 AM
The conflict in Syria is a horrific human tragedy: 100,000 dead, 2 million refugees and now, chemical warfare. I can sympathize with the impulse to "do something" about it ("Where is the outrage?" Sept. 4).
However, this intervention, no matter how...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 3:00 AM
One can only applaud the restarting of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which controls the West Bank. Yet, given the other problems the United States currently faces in the Middle East — crises in Egypt, Syria and Iraq, to...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 4:30 AM
President Barack Obama's recent decision to provide weapons to the Syrian rebels is just another of the administration's huge mistakes that will have dire consequences for both the United States as well as Israel ("Backers of Syrian rebels agree to send...