Warmonger-cum-lately John Kerry says that, if President Assad refuses to comply with the chemical weapons deal, Chapter VII of the UN Charter allows cruise missile strikes to penalize his regime. In fact, it says nothing of the sort.
Article 41 of Chapter VII allows for sanctions, including economic and transport measures or the severing of diplomatic relations.
If the Security Council decides those measures are not strong enough then Article 42 states “it may take such action by air, sea, or land forces as may be necessary to maintain or restore international peace and security.
“Such action may include demonstrations, blockade, and other operations by air, sea, or land forces of members of the United Nations.”
Punitive military attacks are not authorized.