In case you missed it last month — Syria — Yes, that Syria was chosen to be the Chair of the U.N. Security Council conference on global chemical and nuclear disarmament. And, no, this is not fake news though it should be.
Syria has consistently used chemical weapons on its people, including the latest instance (just days before the announcement of their role as Chair) on April 7, 2018, in which 42 people, including many children, were killed in a gas attack in Douma. The U.S. retaliated for that attack in a missile strike April 14.
Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, made the statement,
Having the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad preside over global chemical and nuclear weapons disarmament will be like putting a serial rapist in charge of a women’s shelter. @UNWatch will hold protest events at the UN hall with Syrian victims of Assad’s chemical weapons attacks.
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) April 9, 2018
Under U.N. rules, Hussam Edin Aala, the Syrian ambassador to the 65-nation Conference on Disarmament that begins May 28 and runs until June 24 in Geneva, will help organize the conference’s work and set its agenda. Aala will also represent the body in its relations with states, the U.N. General Assembly and other U.N. entities.
The Conference on Disarmament describes itself as “the single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community,” adding that its mandate includes “practically all multilateral arms-control and disarmament problems.” The forum has negotiated both the Chemical Weapons Convention — an arms-control treaty that prohibits the use, production and stockpiling of chemical weapons — and the Biological Weapons Convention, as well as the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
So, what say you SOFREP? Have we now moved from the sublime to the ridiculous? Sound off in the comments.