UN, France say Assad Regime Used Chemical Weapons

From Reuters:

“United Nations investigators said on Tuesday they had “reasonable grounds” to believe that limited amounts of chemical weapons had been used in Syria, while France said the nerve agent sarin had been deployed on several occasions.

In their latest report, human rights investigators said they had received allegations that Syrian government forces and rebels had used the banned weapons, but most testimony related to their use by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.”

The Obama Administration has been dragging its feet on Syria’s use of chemical weapons for quite a while now. Publicly, they say that want to be absolutely sure that the weapons were used before taking any punitive action against the Assad regime. But you got to think that the US leaning towards agreeing with the assessment by France and the U.N.

Of course, it’s totally understandable that the US is hesitant to take military action based off of intelligence about WMDs. The last time didn’t really work out so well, and what resulted was a case of “once bitten twice shy.” So maybe it’s for the best that we don’t shoot first and ask questions later.

But if in the coming months an international consensus agrees that Assad has in fact gassed his own people, then all bets are off.

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