The Destruction of Syria’s Chemical Weapons: How’s it going?

The answer:  Surprisingly well it seems.  That’s why we hear little about it.   Problems with the roll out of Obamacare, on the other hand, receive hours of coverage each day by the mainstream media.   I recall the old expression “no news is good news.”  It also seems:  Good news is no news.

The Hague (the Netherlands) Organisation of th...

The Hague (the Netherlands) Organisation of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But back to those chemical weapons.  When they were big news a couple of months ago it was because it looked like the Assad government had used them and perhaps even worse, they seemed in danger of being grabbed by one or more of the extremist groups which make up much of his revolutionary  opposition.

Then if you recall (or if you don’t  check out this refresher post), through an odd series of events, the U. S. and Russia made a deal (with Assad’s acceptance) to destroy all of the chemical weapons and facilities to make them, a proposal whose chances of working seemed very “iffy” at best.

Well, according to several articles I have read, despite the ongoing civil war, considerable progress has been made in dismantling those weapons sites in Syria and the biggest challenge now seems to be finding a nation that is willing to take the deadly chemicals and destroy them.   Albania seemed a good prospect, but demonstrations against the idea changed its government’s mind and no other European nation is willing to take on that role.

At least Norway has offered a ship and several escort vessels to tote that evil stuff somewhere to be destroyed should there be any takers.  Over the last few days there has been talk of bringing the means to destroy the chemicals to Syria itself instead of the other way around, but we’ll have to wait and see.

The point is that despite the huge difficulties, the The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (which has been tasked with the job), has said that ‘the most critical chemicals’ would be removed from Syria by the end of 2013″…..(and the)….”destruction of Syria’s declared chemical weapons facilities would take place between December 15 and March 15 “according to a risk-based criterion.”

This according to a recent article in CNN on line, which you should click if you want more information than given in this thumbnail sketch.

If those chemical weapons wind up destroyed, that will be great news, but not likely to garner as much attention as would the whole plan falling apart and Muslim extremists grabbing a goodly supply of killer chemicals with which to terrorize the region and perhaps the world.

Now that’s  a story our news people could sink their teeth into.

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