By: Gary J Verdes
On Aug. 20, 2012 President Obama first warned against chemical weapons’ use in Syria, for the first time setting the U.S. Red-Line against such a move.
On Dec. 3, 2012: Obama repeated his warning to Assad “The use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. And if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable.”
On Mar. 19, 2013: Syria claims that rebel fighters used chemical weapons against government forces, when in fact it was Assad who used them against the Syrian people.
On Apr. 18, 2013: Britain and France provided letters to the United Nations claiming possession of evidence that chemical weapons have been utilized multiple times in the time since December by Assad on his own people.
On Apr. 25, 2013: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry each say that evidence exists that chemical weapons have been used.
On Jun. 13, 2013: The Obama Administration finally says that it has confirmed that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians, and “estimates that 100 to 150 people have died from detected chemical weapons attacks.”
Finally on Aug. 24, 2013: Doctors Without Borders says in a press release that associated networks had treated 3,000 victims showing signs of toxicological poisoning and at least three hundred dead.
So the RED-LINE was crossed on Mar. 19, 2013, there has been other chemical weapons attacks on the Syrian people with no response for the US, it’s time that the Obama Administration stopped backing down and does what it said it would do if Assad used chemical weapons on his people, with or without the British Parliament, the UN, the Russian’s, the Congress or whoever else may or may not like it.
It’s time the US got back on MORAL grounds and stood up against Assad and his government, or any other government that would attack their own people or any other nation with any weapon of mass destruction.
Assad MUST PAY, if we don’t stop him now any nation will feel free to use chemical weapons and / or other weapon of mass destruction against its people or other nations, including against the United States. IT MUST STOP HERE & NOW!