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Syrian Civil War

Mission accomplished [Editorial]

Mission accomplished [Editorial]

The announcement this week that scientists from Aberdeen Proving Ground have successfully completed the destruction of Syria's most dangerous chemical weapons has left the whole world breathing a little easier. If nothing else it ensures these cruel instruments of mass destruction will never be used against the U.S. or its allies — or against the Syrian people, who have been the main victims of the country's four-year civil war, which already has claimed more than 100,000 lives.

Make no mistake: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad didn't turn over his country's chemical weapons to international inspectors last year out of any humanitarian impulse. He did so under threat of...