Syria: To attack or not to attack

Mina Adel, Wednesday 4 Sep 2013

International response to Syria remains undecided as G20 summit approaches

Sarin
US officials said that the Syrian military has loaded precursor chemicals for the deadly nerve gas sarin into aerial bombs but there is no confirmation that the bombs are being loaded onto planes (Photo: AFP)

The International community remains at loggerheads regarding the formulation of a response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated his objection to any unilateral action by the West.

Putin said Moscow "does not exclude" potential support for a UN resolution that will likely approve the launching of a military strike against Bashar Al-Asaad's regime, if it is proven that the latter has utilised chemical weapons against its people, according to AP.

British PM David Cameron has warned that future chemical weapons attacks could be launched by the Syrian regime against its people, emphasising that Syria may be turned into an "armageddon."

Cameron, who has said he will honour the decision by the House of Commons that Britian will not intervene militarily in Syria, emphasised that he supports such a move on a personal level, AFP reported.

Despite this, Cameron added that Britain will not engage in any armed intervention against Damascus, unless it is conducted legally through a formal UN resolution.

American President Barack Obama further stated his position regarding the Syrian turmoil through a Congressional meeting on Tuesday night.

Obama clearly urged Congress to conduct necessary hearings and vote on taking military action. He said, "I've made a decision that America should act. However, I also believe that we will be much more effective, we will be stronger, if we take action together as one nation," according to the White House Blog.    

Obama emphasised that the anticipated strike against the Syrian regime will not involve boots on the ground.

It will be "a limited, proportional step that will send a clear message...to other countries that may be interested in testing some of these international norms,"  that safeguard human rights, Obama said..

The US President continued to suggest the inevitability of a missile strike on Syria through a speech he gave on Wednesday afternoon in Stockholm during one of his European visits, before he headed to Petersburg, Russia to participate in the G20 summit next week, where several heads of state will meet.

The French parliament is currently debating possibilities of military action in Syria. A consensus has not yet been reached.

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