There are several ways that the perpetrators of the chemical weapons attack in Syria could be held accountable. But reality is they aren't likely to face justice anytime soon, if ever.
When United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this week described the Aug. 21 sarin nerve gas attack in Syria as a “war crime,” it was an unambiguous call for prosecution of a universally recognized violation of international law.
“The international community has a responsibility to hold the perpetrators accountable and to ensure that chemical weapons never reemerge as an instrument of warfare,” Mr. Ban said.
But clarity on the politically fraught issue of prosecuting the perpetrators of the deadly chemical weapons attack ended there. Asked at a press conference Monday how that accountability should be delivered, Ban said, “I do not have a clear answer at this time.”
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