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Letter: U.S. should not attack Syria

We should not use military force in Syria.
The U.S. should not act like a hired gun and be solely responsible for inflicting a punishment on the Syrian regime for the use of chemical weapons. The world agreed to the convention on the prohibition of the development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and on their destruction with a ceremony in Paris on Jan. 13, 1993. This convention was subsequently deposited with the United Nations Secretary-General in New York.
The convention also encourages international cooperation between states' parties in the peaceful uses of chemistry, and provides for assistance and protection to states' parties that are threatened or attacked by chemical weapons.
Iraq used chemical weapons in Iran during the war in the 1980s, and Iraq also used mustard gas and nerve agents against Kurdish residents of Halabja, in Northern Iraq in 1988. The horrific pictures of Halabja victims shocked the world at the time of the negotiations in Geneva on the chemical weapons convention.
Article XII deals with measures to ensure compliance, including sanctions against a state party that fails to uphold its treaty obligations. Apart from imposing measures of redress or penalties, or restrictions on rights and privileges, the conference shall bring cases of particular gravity to the attention of the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council.
The U.S. should only participate in any action against Syria with the consent of the U.N. As President Barack Obama has recently stated, the world created a "red line" not him.
Harvey Rabinowitz
Taneytown

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