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September 6, 2013 - 7:53 am

Just released by the White House:

The Leaders and Representatives of Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America made the following statement on the margins of the Group of 20 Nations Leader’s Meeting in Saint Petersburg, Russia:

The international norm against the use of chemical weapons is longstanding and universal.  The use of chemical weapons anywhere diminishes the security of people everywhere.  Left unchallenged, it increases the risk of further use and proliferation of these weapons.

We condemn in the strongest terms the horrific chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21st that claimed the lives of so many men, women, and children.  The evidence clearly points to the Syrian government being responsible for the attack, which is part of a pattern of chemical weapons use by the regime.

We call for a strong international response to this grave violation of the world’s rules and conscience that will send a clear message that this kind of atrocity can never be repeated. Those who perpetrated these crimes must be held accountable.

Signatories have consistently supported a strong UN Security Council Resolution, given the Security Council’s responsibilities to lead the international response, but recognize that the Council remains paralyzed as it has been for two and a half years.  The world cannot wait for endless failed processes that can only lead to increased suffering in Syria and regional instability.  We support efforts undertaken by the United States and other countries to reinforce the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.

We commit to supporting longer term international efforts, including through the United Nations, to address the enduring security challenge posed by Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles.  Signatories have also called for the UN fact finding mission to present its results as soon as possible, and for the Security Council to act accordingly.

We condemn in the strongest terms all human rights violations in Syria on all sides.  More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict, more than 2 million people have become refugees, and approximately 5 million are internally displaced.  Recognizing that Syria’s conflict has no military solution, we reaffirm our commitment to seek a peaceful political settlement through full implementation of the 2012 Geneva Communique.  We are committed to a political solution which will result in a united, inclusive and democratic Syria.

We have contributed generously to the latest United Nations (UN) and ICRC appeals for humanitarian assistance and will continue to provide support to address the growing humanitarian needs in Syria and their impact on regional countries. We welcome the contributions announced at the meeting of donor countries on the margins of the G20.  We call upon all parties to allow humanitarian actors safe and unhindered access to those in need.

European signatories will continue to engage in promoting a common European position.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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"And how many of those other countries are willing to commit troops on the ground? We already know Britain's response. "

But their willing to talk very loudly about how important it is.
51 weeks ago
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This is what it looks like when 10 hippies try to "lead from behind".

"We condemn in the strongest terms...well, not really the strongest, sort of in a stern note and a finger wag, tsk-tsk, kinda way...the use of chemical weapons and we seek to have the UN undertake its fabulous job of "inspections"...and a bunch of "resolutions"...because, heaven knows that worked SOoooo well in Iraq."

Not satisfied with destroying the entire economy on the European continent, foisting a global theft Ponzi scheme utilizing weather and calling it a climate catastrophe...the limp lefties now want to show off their "just muscular enough" Woody Allen physique.

Officious intermeddlers can't leave well enough along...and now can't leave their inevitable disastrous consequences alone.

We are in the very best of hands.

51 weeks ago
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STFO of Syria... They all hate us. Let the other muslim nations deal with the atrocities by the muslims.... LoL
51 weeks ago
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Right, ten countries "support" Commander Zero's efforts. However, there is a fly in that ointment. To wit: " Recognizing that Syria’s conflict has no military solution, we reaffirm our commitment to seek a peaceful political settlement through full implementation of the 2012 Geneva Communique. We are committed to a political solution which will result in a united, inclusive and democratic Syria."

That is not a vote to support Commander Zero's proposed military action.
51 weeks ago
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We call for a strong international response...

Do you, now?
51 weeks ago
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And how many of those other countries are willing to commit troops on the ground? We already know Britain's response.
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