Wide-scale media reports Thursday claim that Syria is keeping its word as far as the destruction of chemical weapons equipment goes.
Whether it was the threat of military strikes by the west, which looked set to push the world to the brink of war, or pressure from its few remaining allies is not clear. Whatever the reason it has to be good news.
The deadline for the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons production and filling facilities was Friday.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has supplied supporting documents. 21 out of 23 sites have been inspected. It is difficult to imagine that the last two could hold a wealth of WMD. However the job will not be complete until all facilities are checked.
Syria has until the middle of 2014 to destroy all of its chemical weapons, which could be a huge stockpile.
Opinion: Will it make the world a safer place?
Many countries have weapons of mass destruction. You could argue that the US does in the form of drones and uses them on a frequent basis. Yes, they may not kill hundreds of thousands but they could in certain scenarios.
As it is they "take out" -- kill -- people who may be suspected "terrorists". As they do so they also kill women, children and law-abiding citizens in foreign lands.
Whatever happened to justice? Capture and trial?
Terrorists break all the rules but they are criminals. If we begin to do the same we open to door to more violence as revenge attacks.
The west still has vast nuclear arsenals and a range of lethal weapons.
America is quick to point the finger at Iran but what about Israel?
In 1993 Israel signed up to the chemical weapons treaty but that has yet to be ratified. The Chemical Weapons Convention, outlaws the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons.
Weeks ago, when Syria agreed to destroy its WMD Israeli politicians debated their stance at home. According to Haaretz "ministers decided to continue with the existing policy".
So Israel will continue to sit on the fence and, as long as powerful western nations support that country, it will do nothing.
Yet more western hypocrisy?
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