Is it a Mistake to Simply Focus on Chemical Weapons?


A girl stands in front of a building damaged by what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the northern town of Ariha in Idlib Province September 8, 2013. Picture taken September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Houssam Abo Dabak (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX13FKS



The proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons arsenal under international control has sparked debate among supporters of a US intervention.

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This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the full interview.

Rime Allaf is a Syrian commentator and writer.

She tells anchor Marco Werman that the focus on chemical weapons distracts from the ongoing civil war in Syria.