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US, Russia Agree On Resolution On Syrian Chemical Weapons
Today, the UN Security Council will vote on a resolution to establish an international investigation unit to identify individuals responsible for carrying out multiple chemical weapons attacks in Syria, which should lay the groundwork to hold them accountable for their crimes in the future, reports The New York Times.

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Analyst: Iran Is Not Nazi Germany
While politicians and critics of the Iran nuclear deal often compare the threat of Iran to the threat posed to the world by Nazi Germany, Peter Beinart takes issue, writing that, unlike Hitler, Iran’s actions so far have not matched their anti-Semitic rhetoric.

“And while Iran’s rhetoric can sound genocidal, not only toward Israel but toward the United States, Iran’s behavior has not come close. [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, [GOP Senator] Cruz, and [former Arkansas Governor] Huckabee all compare Iran’s rhetoric about Jews to Hitler’s. But once Hitler took power, observers did not have to rely on what he said. They could look at what he did,” Beinart notes.

In fact, he says the genocidal threat comes from ISIS, not Iran.

“The irony is that there’s a force near Israel’s borders that actually is genocidal, not merely in word, but in deed. It’s called ISIS. The United Nations is currently investigating credible reports that during its 2014 rampage through Iraq, ISIS fighters launched a systematic campaign to wipe out that country’s Yazidi minority. In the Iraqi city of Mosul, ISIS marked Christian houses with the letter “N,” which stands for an early Arabic word for Christian, and told the inhabitants to leave, pay a special tax, or die. Were ISIS governing 10,000 to 25,000 Jews, it’s unimaginable that they would still be around, operating kosher butcheries and Jewish schools, after 36 years,” he adds.

Dealing With Rogue States: The Bush And Obama Approaches
Yoon Young-kwan, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, is Professor of International Relations at Seoul National University compares the Bush administration’s focus on regime change with Barack Obama’s focus on diplomacy.

 

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