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Canada's Toxic Relationship With Chemical Weapons

Somewhere in the Lester B. Pearson Building, Canada's foreign affairs headquarters, must be a meeting room with the inscription "The World Should Do as We Say, Not As We Do" or perhaps "Hypocrites 'R Us." With the Obama administration beating the war drums, Canadian officials are demanding a response to the Syrian regime's alleged use of chemical weapons. The Conservatives signed Canada onto a White House statement claiming: "The international norm against the use of chemical weapons is longstanding and universal." While one may wish this were the case, it's not. In fact, Canada has repeatedly been complicit with the use of chemical weapons.

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Syria has accepted Russia's proposal to place the war-torn country's chemical weapons under international control for dismantling, a move dismissed by Syria's main opposition bloc and t...
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The Cost of Non-Intervention in Syria

If there is no outside intervention in Syria, the prospect of a stable Syria coming out of this conflict seems increasingly remote. What may well be the eventual outcome is a fractured country with different Sunni, Alawite, Christian, and Shiite forces creating their own safe havens within the country's borders. We have seen this before, and it rarely ends well.
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Is An Attack On Syria Legal?

The legal case for the U.S. to strike against Syria in retaliation for its alleged use of chemical weapons against its citizens is straightforward to some international law observers. Simply put, any...
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Even Cowboys Get The Blues

WASHINGTON - The ghosts of Iraq are looming over both the White House and the American public this week as U.S. President Barack Obama decides whether to launch attacks on Syria after it purportedly g...
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DRUMS OF WAR

The United States and its European allies appear to be laying the groundwork for military action in Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons by the embattled regime of President Bashar al-Assad....
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Syria In 'Dangerous New Phase'

TORONTO - The crisis in Syria has entered a "dangerous new phase," Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird warned Monday, as Washington announced it had "undeniable" evidence of a chemical weapons attack....
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5 New Issues In Syrian Conflict

Syrian rebels have long accused the government they are fighting of using chemical weapons, and this week the claims intensified, as pictures of lifeless children, purported victims of another deadly...
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The Truth About Poison Gas In Syria

The footage of purported victims of recent chemical weapons attacks in Syria shows a distressing number of children's corpses... but then both Saddam Hussein and Hezbollah have been accused of stockpiling such corpses in the past to reserve for media events. The Syrian National Front might be no different.
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Now, Baird Wants UN's Help

OTTAWA - There is no reason to doubt reports of chemical weapons being used in Syria, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Friday.But there still needs to be a formal inquiry, he said in an interv...
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Chemical Weapons A 'Game Changer'

U.S. President Barack Obama issued a cautious warning Friday that Syria's reported use of chemical weapons could be a "game changer" that could provoke international intervention in the country's ongo...
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Baird's 'Grave' Concern

Foreign Minister John Baird said today Canada has grave concerns that Syria might be ready to use chemical weapons on its own people or its neighbours, or that the weapons could fall into the hands of...