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The United States and other Western countries are considering military action against Syria in response to last week’s apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians outside Damascus. That could happen even without a United Nations Security Council resolution to authorize it. Would that be legal? To better understand what international law has to say about whether intervention is allowable, Melissa Block talks to John Bellinger, former legal adviser at the State Department in the George W. Bush administration. He’s now with the Council on Foreign Relations and a partner at the law firm, Arnold Porter LLP.