CHEN WEIHUA

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - WASH­ING­TON JOUR­NAL

po­lit­i­cal in­sti­tu­tion, Congress, whose ap­proval rat­ing hov­ers be­tween 10 and 15 per­cent.

But many have ques­tioned the le­gal­ity of con­duct­ing mil­i­tary strikes with­out the au­tho­riza­tion of Congress, which is now in its sum­mer re­cess.

In­ter­na­tional politi­cians, such as Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergei Lavrov, have warned that if the US goes ahead with airstrikes, it would be in gross vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional law.

Amid the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s plan to re­lease so­called ev­i­dence of Syria’s use of chem­i­cal weapons, which may hap­pen as early as Thurs­day, many are re­minded of the now-fa­mil­iar scene back in 2003 when then-US Sec­re­tary of State Colin Pow­ell made his case — us­ing false in­tel­li­gence — at the United Na­tions that Iraq pos­sessed weapons of mass de­struc­tion.

Hans Blix, then chief UN arms in­spec­tor for Iraq, told the me­dia on Mon­day that the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion echoes the sit­u­a­tion with Iraq dur­ing Ge­orge W. Bush’s pres­i­dency. Con­tact the writer at chen­wei­hua@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

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