Citizens for Global Solutions Supports the International Rule of Law and Cautions Against Unauthorized Use of Force
Citizens for Global Solutions supports the Obama Administration's push to have Syrian chemical weapons placed under the jurisdiction of the United Nations. We also caution against a unilateral, unauthorized military action to punish Syrian President Assad and his regime for the apparent use of chemical weapons. While the use of chemical and other weapons of mass destruction is abhorrent and offends our collective conscience, we believe the United States must work within the U.N. charter in order to protect the Syrian people and advance international peace and security through the international rule of law.
The goals of U.S. and international action regarding Syria should be to:
- Protect the Syrian people by ending this humanitarian crisis that has already cost over 100,000 lives and spawned over 2 million refugees;
- Create space for a political settlement of the conflict;
- Hold accountable individuals who authorized and implemented the use of chemical weapons and other war crimes and crimes against humanity; and
- Strengthen the international system's capacity to respond to similar crises in the future.
The unauthorized, unilateral use of force against Syrian chemical weapons facilities will not help to achieve these goals.
Mr. Obama has said the threat of military action is, in part, "about our resolve to stand up to others who flout fundamental international rules." This is a noble aim. But we cannot demonstrate this resolve if, by engaging in unilateral military action for non-defensive purposes, we ourselves flout one of international law's most fundamental rules.
The President, supported by Congress, should immediately: