Don't Fall for the Chemical Weapons Convention Justification

Larison, Daniel

Date Written:  16/04/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX22220

A look at the interventionalist arguments in support of Western air and missile attacks in Syria, and the false claim that the attack was justified under international law because it was a response to the use of banned chemical weapons.



Put simply, member states can't ignore the U.N. Charter's prohibition against using force against other states in the name of enforcing other international norms. Syria's violations of its international obligations do not give other states license to disregard their own by launching military attacks against them. The U.S. and its allies don't have any legal support for what they have done, and they make a mockery of their professed concern for international order when they wantonly undermine one of the core protections of the UN Charter.
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