The conflict in Syria has faded slightly from our spotlight media in recent months and has been pushed completely from our minds understandably due to threats much closer to home but nonetheless the conflict rages on. This conflict was pushed to a new level when it was suspected that government troops used some type of chemical weapon against the rebel forces in the month of April. The use of chemical weapons of any kind brings great concern to the region as well as to the US and NATO for their allies in the region and also to the UN who would like to prevent anymore humanitarian tragedies.
Israeli General Itai Brun announced this week that he highly suspected the use of chemical weapons, most likely the nerve gas Sarin, due to the physical symptoms the victims suffered before death. These statements have yet to be verified by the Israeli or US governments. (Aljazeera) If these claims turn out to be true then that definitely turns up the pressure on the international community to intervene. The international community has held back even in the face of claims of large massacres and resorted to supplying only non-lethal aid leaving them in a moral gray area on how to prevent human rights violations. President Obama has declared that the use of chemical weapons would be a red line for the United States and that it would lead to further US action in the conflict. (NY Times) He was diplomatically very vague in describing what these actions could consist of.
As of today the United States has officially announced their suspicion of the use of chemical weapons by the government on Syrian rebels. President Obama stated that if found out to be accurate it would be a game changer in the US’s approach to the conflict in Syria.
- "US Urges NATO to Consider Role in Syria." Aljazeera.com. N.p., 23 Apr. 2013. Web. 24 Apr. 2013.
- Rudoren, David E. Sanger And Jodi. "Syria Has Used Chemical Weapons, Israel Says." The New York Times. The New York Times, 24 Apr. 2013. Web. 24 Apr. 2013.