Question About Syria
The Russians are saying that their satellite imaging clearly shows two rockets being launched from territory presently held by the Syrian rebels and they are asserting that those rockets carried the chemical weapons that have caused all the death, destruction, and uproar over the use of chemical weapons by the regime.
Just for the sake of discussion, let’s assume that the Russian evidence is incontrovertible and that the Syrian rebels did, indeed, use chemical weapons, presumably in an attempt at drawing the West into the Syrian civil war.
Here’s my question. What should the president do?
I think given what we know right now we should wait to make any decision about the use of force in Syria until the UN inspectors have issued a report. Even assuming that the intelligence in the hands of the U. S. contradicts what the Russians are saying we still don’t know whether military chemical weapons were used against Syrian civilians. Based on the information that I’ve read and heard it seems far more likely that CS and/or CN, anti-riot agents not subject to the ban, were used than, say, sarin.