A Strike on Syria is a Legacy of the Iraq War
It strikes me that the entire Red Line business, which has now painted the president into a corner over Syria, is a direct result of US policy in the post-9/11 period in which WMD usage became a central (if not the central) justification for US military action. The recent confirmation of US complicity in Iraqi chemical weapons attacks underscores how this was not always the case.
Understand: I am not suggesting that the world ought to take a nonchalant view or the use of chemical weapons and nor I am endorsing the Reagan administration’s actions in the Iran-Iraq War. However, I am concerned that the US and its allies have made WMD of any kind such a moral issue that it creates a synergy in which a deplorable act by the Assad regime will lead to the US and its allies making a very bad situation worse. When it comes to the very serious implications of using US military assets it would be preferable not to create policies that end up being simplistic reactive processes.
Just a thought.