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Claudia -- -- joins us now she's been covering rogue regimes including -- -- -- for decades now she's a journalist in residence of the foundation for defense of democracy and -- -- nice to have you that was a good question that we -- ended there on.
About these weapons of mass destruction if they are used in we have proof of that do you think it will change anything as far as our policy when it comes to Syria.
And it would -- pressure that I think would -- enormous international outrage.
At the same time there's already reason for enormous international outrage.
And chemical weapons in the hands in Syria are a source of huge concern.
Whether the outside regime is using them or not.
What -- we do about that.
Really good question.
Because there is that this plane no risk free answer no risk free solution.
This is a reminder of why it's a very bad idea to let things develop to the -- where you have.
A regime like Syria in bed with a regime like that of Iran.
Building up arsenals of weapons of mass destruction.
We could start by ruling out two things that will not fix this the first one is simply standing back and hoping it solves itself.
It's very unlikely to the second is going to the United Nations and thinking that relying on the UN.
We've been named after six years where they -- still making nuclear weapon they're still pursuing nuclear weapons.
We've been debating it necessary at the UN and you may recall there was supposed to be an investigation -- to Syria's assassination.
Of the former prime minister of Lebanon.
Seven years ago.
That's still -- its way through UN process from.
City W waning hour it could be waiting a while you know it's interesting it -- -- -- of that article that you Rhode.
For the Wall Street Journal last week where you were talking about Iran and how Iran's oil tankers are getting around sanctions because they're disguising themselves.
And they're able to continue on their business and it seems like.
Where the point you're making is that everyone's buying some time -- buying more time each day.
As these negotiations are ongoing with the UN the Syrians are buying time no one is really stepped in your day after day we have.
At what seems like very similar reports.
-- so so what stops the clock and they keep buying a time you know what stocks that.
What stops the clock is a real active decisiveness and will -- several hacks.
In the west probably almost certainly necessarily led by the United States which is -- still the world's superpower if we choose to wield that power.
And buying time benefits that bad guys in this case it's to the benefit of Iran it's a chance for -- -- to regroup and Syria.
-- sets the stage for much worse things ahead North Korea is watching the precedents here.
Yeah this is all terribly important.
-- I give you an example of a decisive act that has spared us great grief at the moment in 2007.
When Syria was collaborating with North Korea I'm building a secret nuclear reactor inside Syria.
The Israeli Air Force went to an active they took out that reactor and thanks to which was ready to go life thanks for that.
We are not now contending as well with the plutonium factory on the Euphrates River in Syria but that was a risky thing to do.
And it was something that was not going to get applause from the world community the Israelis did it.
We need to thank them for as we now need to look to Washington and ask.
What is the administration there prepared to do that will now.
Choose best among be risky alternatives.
And actually do something to head off the real danger that Syrian chemical weapons.
Possibly even biological weapons will end up in hands where they can be used to strike not only Israel but the United States.
Uses something -- think about -- man here Claudia how different as well the situation would have been.
If the Israelis and again they don't confirm that I didn't take that action and Syria cloudy we will look for having you back thank you so much for the time thing.
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