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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Tom Z. Collina
As the Obama administration presses the United Nations this week to rid Syria of its chemical weapons, it faces the stark reality that the United States has failed to meet a 2012 deadline to destroy its remaining arsenal and has never pressured its closest Middle East ally, Israel, to sign the treaty banning such weapons.
That Syria is suddenly moving toward becoming a signatory to the weapons ban and will be "giving up its chemical weapons is all the more reason for Israel to ratify," said Tom Z. Collina, director of research at the Washington-based Arms Control Association.
Mr. Collina, at the Arms Control Association, says the timeline is ambitious, but could be met if international operatives move quickly to collect and then ship Syria's weapons to a third nation.