The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has accepted a Russian invitation to visit the Syrian town of Douma, where an alleged chemical attack took place at the weekend and is expected to do so within a few days.
The OPCW is the same organisation that visited the UK last month to take samples of the toxin used in Salisbury and is expected to report imminently on its findings.
The UK and France have agreed to ‘respond’ with the US to the Douma incident ‘to uphold the global ban on the use of chemical weapons’, but have not made clear what such a ‘response’ might entail.
It must not entail military action until at least the OPCW has reported on the results of its visit – and should not even then. But few expect the US to observe such niceties when President Trump is eager for distractions from the investigation into his and his team’s alleged collaboration with the Russians.
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