Carl M. Antrim
To the editor:
Is Washington using a double standard concerning chemical weapons?
It’s reported that Syria currently has 1,000 tons of chemical weapons, while the U.S. has 5,500 tons. The U.S. has been trying to eliminate its chemical weapons stockpile for decades. This job was given to the Army and finally got under way in 1990. This effort will continue at least until 2023, if not longer, and cost at least $35 billion dollars.
The U.S. position is that Syria gives up its chemical weapons, while allowing other neighbors to keep or expand their arsenal. President Obama is the first U.S. president to intervene when chemical weapons were used.
Disposal of Syria’s chemical weapons present many challenges. Not only is this effort being done in the midst of a brutal religious civil war, but new facilities must be built from scratch or brought into the country. This could take decades. It is not easy and will cost Billions.
With all the world’s various activities and the U.S. trying to be “the leader of the world,” what kind of country are we leaving to our children and grandchildren?