Obama, the US and proven widespread use of chemical weapons in Syria – what next?

Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria and Region...

Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria and Regional Secretary of the Syrian-led branch of the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party (Photo credit: james_gordon_losangeles)

Here are two excellent articles on this story. Both are MUST READS, in my view.

The first article is published by the Washington Post and entitled Obama, the US and Chemical Weapons in Syria.

The second is a lead article from the Economist entitled Syria: A step too far.

Personally, I think that this is a difficult judgement call for President Obama but agree with the Economist that if there is independent confirmation of widespread use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime, then there is a compelling case for international intervention, especially given Obama’s “red line” speech; the scope, substance and form of any intervention needs the support of the international community.

Let me turn this to an open question:

If there is independent confirmation of widespread deployment of chemical weapons in Syria by the Assad regime, how should President Obama and the international community respond?

Any thoughts?

 

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2 responses

  1. Pingback: Syria, Chemical Weapons and Military Intervention: A Personal View – John Gelmini « Dr Alf's Blog

  2. President Obama and the international community need to behave with extreme caution because until there is solid proof of the use of Sarin gas or other nerve agents by him and his troops, acting precipitously would be a potential trigger for World War 3.

    Gerasimov, the top Russian General, has said publicly on RT (interview on line), that attacking Iran,(Syria is the precursor), would be treated as an act of war.

    We know from the Pentagon’s own original plans which General Wesley Clarke was shown by his former colleagues (see the General speaking on You Tube), that the intention was and still perhaps is, to “take down” regimes in Syria, the Lebanon, Yemen, Somalia, Iran and Libya.

    This, whilst allowing Israel to take more Palestinian land.

    We know too that the French, ourselves and America want to seize mineral wealth in Africa starting with Mali and then, through the use of Africom and our own special forces,o ther countries with minerals that China needs for its economy.

    General Martin Dempsey, America’s top General does not want to invade Syria because he does not believe that whoever came after Assad would have American or Western interests at heart and because with Afghanistan needing to be stabilized America has its hands full until such time as enough XE contractors are in place to replace withdrawing American troops in 2014 and thus bolster the Afghan National Army. His wise counsel should prevail because the consequences of an Al Qaida controlled Syria and a growing Muslim Caliphate and World War 3, are a lot worse than anything Assad might do.

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