Assessing chemical weapon fears in Syria
Amb. John Bolton weighs in
- Duration 4:04
- Date Dec 5, 2012
Amb. John Bolton weighs in
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This any situation that the entire international.
-- community is united on.
-- and our concerns are -- increasingly.
Desperate aside the regime.
Might turn to chemical.
-- might lose control of them to want -- many groups that are now operating within Syria.
As part of that absolute unity that we all have on this issue we have sent a an unmistakable message that.
This -- -- -- worldwide and those responsible would be held to account.
Fine and we intend to make that view as clear as we possibly can.
Well that's secretary of state Hillary Clinton earlier today she also added that she is not only worried that President Bush -- -- of Syrian made turned to chemical weapons but his regime.
Actually lose control all of them.
So one of the many groups out there are now operating inside Syria joining us to talk about ambassador John Bolton.
Former ambassador to the United Nations and a Fox News contributor could see it.
How worrisome misses by its very worrisome and I think that not only obviously the risk that aside will use them but his secretary of state Clinton said I think now for the first time.
The risk that terrorists groups among the opposition could get their hands on.
These chemical weapons and -- use them in Syria or take them out of the country for use somewhere else this war's been going on for two years this internal civil war.
We've noted that Syria's chemical weapons capability for.
Twenty years so it's a little bit late in the game to be concerned about it but better late than -- you were telling me during the commercial break.
That there are a lot of chemical weapons out there.
Yeah -- wait we have assessed for some time that serious had a very active chemical weapons program both.
Agent and just the -- itself and there at least press reports one reason.
We and other NATO countries are now so concerned is that it's not just decide is moving.
These weapons around that that he's taken steps actually to mix precursor chemicals and weaponized the agent that he has which is obviously.
That necessary before it can actually use the weapons he never signed the convention banning the use of chemical weapons what does that tell you.
Well I think that was a pretty clear indication they were keeping that option open so while it's technically not illegal under international law for him to have this capability these are very very dangerous products speaking of illegal.
The people who commit crimes against humanity war crimes or held in the dock at the international criminal court -- -- There is talk now that -- -- made try to seek asylum.
Should the US position be no you must be held to account for what you've done war.
Was just get him -- -- here.
Well I don't think the international criminal court is a legitimate organization under any circumstances but in this case I think it poses the hard question whether.
This determination to prosecute somebody.
Doesn't cause more death and destruction.
Then giving somebody like aside immunity getting them out of the country and trying to end this conflict the problem is it's hard to see who can giving that.
Real grant may be the Russians and and that's why there's.
Reporting that they're talking to a side but one reason I think he and other dictators tend to stay at the end is they don't think there is any real immunity and I think that's too bad and the US position should be.
I think if somebody like Russia would would that grant him asylum.
That we ought to accept that and still can't get this conflict over with before 1000 more civilians are killed would be because the greater good.
Well I think the calculus is that if this civil war goes on much longer the death and destruction simply -- and while -- would deserve.
The death penalty many times over.
And doesn't do much to bring back the people who were killed in the continuing conflict -- Ambassador John Bolton as always many thanks thank you --