Pressure Mounts on Syria To Allow UN Inspectors To Examine Site of Possible Chemical Attack

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Russia, one of the Assad regime’s closest allies, has urged Syria to allow United Nations inspectors to investigate the site of a recent massacre where opposition activists claim chemical weapons were used. Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon has said that if it is confirmed that chemical weapons were used that the massacre would constitute a war crime, and President Obama has said that the possible chemical attack is a "big event of grave concern."

The French foreign minister has already threatened the use of force if the use of chemical weapons is confirmed while British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that the use of chemical weapons is "not something that a humane or civilised world can ignore". Hague preempted any official confirmation of the use of chemical weapons in Syria and said that the British government believes that the Assad regime was behind a chemical attack in Syria.

Hague has said that if inspectors are not allowed to the site “then we will need to be ready to go back to the Security Council to get a stronger mandate and for the world to speak together more forcefully about this so that there can be access.” He also added that the British government has not ruled out any options regarding its response to the situation Syria.

In the U.S. Obama continues to face criticism over his tepid response to the apparent use of chemical weapons in Syria. Almost exactly a year ago Obama said that the use of chemical weapons would constitute a “red line.” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who believes that military intervention in Syria could be done “easily,” has slammed Obama for his response to the massacre in Syria, saying that American credibility in the Middle East “has never been lower.”

Obama is coming under pressure to do something in Syria and many countries, including one of Syria’s supposed strongest allies, have called for U.N. inspectors to examine the site of the recent alleged chemical attack. If U.N. inspectors do confirm the use of chemical weapons there is a chance that public opinion in the U.S. towards intervention in Syria will change.

Even interventionists like Sen. McCain have said that any U.S. military intervention in Syria would not include boots on the ground. While there are other military options available it is worth remembering that when Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey outlined these options to Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) he warned of the risk of further involvement in the region.

That Russia is backing an inspection of the site of the recent possible chemical attack is the latest sign that the recent massacre could mark a shift in how the international community deals with the civil war in Syria. However, even if U.N. inspectors do confirm the recent use of chemical weapons in Syria the civil war remains complex and an unwelcome setting for intervention.

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  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon has said that if it is confirmed that chemical weapons were used that the massacre would constitute a war crime, and President Obama has said that the possible chemical attack is a "big event of grave concern."

    A decision must be made soon before Obama runs out of adjectives and metaphors to describe the situation and his doctrine for US response.

  • Almanian!||

    Red. Line.

    RED. LINE

    RED! LINE!

    What part of RED LINE is unclear to you, Serious?

    NO MOAR WORDZ NEEDED. RED. LINE!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I admit it will be interesting to see what course the world takes on this if the United States isn't leading the charge.

  • anon||

    if the United States isn't leading the charge.

    Hah! War boners are already prepped and ready to go.

  • Lady Bertrum||

    Obviously, the French will step in. (eyeroll)

  • Almanian!||

    "We surrender!

    No, wait...."

  • Mike M.||

    "The nonexistent Iraqi weapons of mass destruction are now being used on the Syrian people."

    -The "International Community"

  • Lady Bertrum||

    Mike M. - Yes. I'm wondering about this. Where did those chems come from? Are interested in this? (crickets)

  • DJF||

    The Syrians made the chemical weapons , its not that hard. Or they got them from the Soviet Union years ago.

    Syria is one of the few counties not to have signed the Chemical Weapons Convention which outlaws chemical weapons.

  • Mike M.||

    Or they don't have any at all, and these reports are propaganda designed to dupe the idiots, I mean the west, into helping out the terrorists.

  • Bill Dalasio||

    "...the civil war remains complex and an unwelcome setting for intervention."

    Not really. On one hand you have a complete dick. On the other, you have a bunch of utter douches. Neither the dick nor the douches are at all favorable to our interests.

    Not all THAT complex.

  • anon||

    That won't stop us from interfering anyways, though.

  • Bill Dalasio||

    Yeah. Stupid, ain't it?

  • Bill Dalasio||

    I'll make a prediction The international community is going to insist we do something. They'll tell us we're vicious uncaring bastards for not saving the day. This will last until about ten minutes after the U.S. intervenes. After which the international community will damn us as an militaristic, imperialistic, threat to women and small children.

  • Lady Bertrum||

    +1. Damned if we do; damned if we don't.

  • Bill Dalasio||

    Pretty much. The only logical response would be damned, but at least holding on to our blood and treasure.

  • Goldwin Smith||

    How many anti-US people also condemn the US for its interwar "Isolationism"?

  • NeonCat||

    Oh, Syria, why can't you stick to humane ways of murdering people like bullets, high explosives, thermobaric weapons, famine…

  • Hugh Akston||

    Drones bruh. No fuss, no muss. You don't even have to wipe the blood off afterward.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Though, oddly, high-explosive bullets for small arms are somehow 'inhumane'.

  • Almanian!||

    Let's not forget the horrible-beyond-description triangle-shaped bayonet, banned - I believe - in the 1700's.

    Making way for more humane ways of death such as being turned into mist by a minigun.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Triangular blades were banned after WWI I believe. I cannot find my copy of the Geneva Convention to verify tho.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who believes that military intervention in Syria could be done “easily,” has slammed Obama for his response to the massacre in Syria, saying that American credibility in the Middle East “has never been lower.”

    Yeppers. And it's definitely because we're not killing enough people over there.

  • anon||

    Yeppers. And it's definitely because we're not killing enough people over there.

    And somehow people actually believe this shit.

  • Almanian!||

    But - "never LOWER", Hugh! And it's allllll about our "credibility in the Middle East", right?

    So - gotta act.

    /idiot

  • Invisible Finger||

    American credibility in the Middle East “has never been lower.”

    Doesn't mean it can't get even lower. And I think driving it lower is a worthy goal.

    So what's the best way to drive our credibility lower? Send troops and drones over there or completely turn our backs on the whole place?

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    So if the esteemed Senator thinks intervention is a good idea, why not introduce a bill on it?

    Oh, right. because we don't use that old piece of paper when it comes to kinetic military actions any more.

  • Almanian!||

    WAR POWERZ, YO

  • Mainer2||

    Imagine a General honoring his oath to uphold the constitution, asking the Commander in Chief to produce a Congressional declaration of war before he will commit troops to battle.

  • anon||

    Now imagine him being fired immediately.

  • Bardas Phocas||

    Great! Another PHONY scandal to distract us from what is really important: new puppy at the whitehouse, hispanics killing black children, rush limbagh being a meany, the Dear Leader providing us with high quality health care, republicans being mean and stupid, rodeo clowns being mean and disrespectful, libertarians taking over the country, Ted Cruz being a filthy canadian.

  • Mike M.||

    Don't forget about the cost of college tuition in upstate New York.

  • Invisible Finger||

    We keep this shit up and we'll run out of idiots to volunteer for the military.

    Step two will be conscripting anyone delinquent on student loans.

  • Swiss Servator - past LTC(ret)||

    So only idiots volunteer to join?

  • Nazdrakke||

    Well my dad, who was an Army lifer, called me an idiot for signing up for tanks rather than joining the Air Farce..

  • Swiss Servator - past LTC(ret)||

    Well, if you were interested in comfort over other factors, he was right :)

  • Invisible Finger||

    No, just a critical mass to enable wasteful, counter-productive military interventions around the globe.

  • Swiss Servator - past LTC(ret)||

    Ummm, OK.

    *steps slowly back toward door*

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    At this point? yes, sir.

    I've been in this man's Army for 13 years, and I am getting out, because we're never. ever. going to stop deploying on fruitless missions to help these shitholes.

  • Nazdrakke||

    NOT. OUR. FUCKING. PROBLEM.

  • Almanian!||

    +1 "What Nazdrakke said"

  • Swiss Servator - past LTC(ret)||

    That seems to be a very good 4 word reply. I shall adopt it.

  • DJF||

    Since the area is under rebel control why aren't they asking the rebels to allow inspectors? The government has no control over the area.

  • NeonCat||

    OK, we send in forces to put the area back under government control, let the inspectors inspect, then use our forces to kill the government and turn the area back over to the rebels.

  • Mainer2||

    Well that would involve a lot of killin' so yeah, good plan.

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