Category: Articles

Early Rx to Syria Chemical Attack

I received the below, horrifying mail earlier today, before the news broke on the mainstream media.  It was written by a ranking Syrian-American physician, whom I have gotten to know this past year through the Syrian-American Medical Society (SAMS).  He has been traveling back and forth to Syria during the war to staff trauma clinics across the country, for months at a time.

[Related, see Dr. Jaber Hassan’s interview with WATE here:]


This morning over thousand of civilians that belong to human race mostly children sleeping in their homes were mercilessly attacked by the Syrian regime using the largest chemical attack ever being launched in this century against human race. This occurred this dawn in the several small towns surrounding Damascus while the UN chemical weapon investigators are in Damascus 5 star hotels not even considering visiting these areas. These attacks this AM have killed over 1300 people mostly children. This day, 8/21/2013, is shame on humanity who is collectively responsible for this innocent huge toll of innocent life and the consequent turmoil and vicious cycle of terrorism that is the natural outcome of the sleepy world conscience

A Case for the ‘Responsibility to Rebuild’ (R2R)

I’ve written a paper for the Boston University International Law Journal, entitled: “NATO’s Libya Intervention and the Continued Case for a ‘Responsibility to Rebuild'” (Summer 2013, Vol 31, No. 2, p 365-386)

The abstract is here:

This article evaluates the success of the 2011 NATO campaign in Libya relative to the emergent and fragile doctrine of Responsibility to Protect (“R2P”).  The paper argues that, while the Libya intervention may have met  formal R2P consensus criteria, the overall success of the operation has been undermined by the failure of the international community to complement international military action with robust assistance in critical areas, including disarmament, national reconciliation and employment generation.  Collectively, these constitute a Responsibility to Rebuild (“R2R”).  This article cites developments in Libya and Syria to suggest that, despite the attendant complexities, some version of R2R is essential to continued relevance of R2P.