North Korea, the death of Margaret Thatcher and the Boston bombings have kept media sources busy and people occupied for a few weeks. During this time either eyes were taken off the ball that is Syria or it was put on hold for a later date. Now Syria is back at the centre of media reports with claims that the Assad regime has overstepped the mark and used chemical weapons. Yes that old chestnut.
The U.S. voiced concerns Thursday, and Friday the U.K. has joined in. Unverified footage on youtube is cited.
The west was always going to escalate the Syrian civil war up a notch but had to pull back when North Korea threatened world peace. Unless Bashar al-Assad steps down as leader of Syria, which he wont, conflict is inevitable.
Over months western leaders tried to sell Syria to the public due to its growing humanitarian disaster. There is no doubt that the people are suffering, many dying and even more displaced. The reason for their suffering is debatable. Whether it is the fault of the rebels, the regime or outside forces ordinary people take the brunt of the war.
The rebels, now often called the legitimate force of Syria, are swelled by fighters from countires such as Libya and the U.K. Yes it is known that around 100 rebel fighters hail from Britain. Will they make good citizens if and when they return to Britain?
In our latest report on the Boston bombings we said "In Russia President Putin is using the Boston bombings to encourage a closer working relationship between Moscow and Washington. He could not resist a "low blow" though. Sky News reports "Putin criticised the West for refusing to declare Chechen militants terrorists and offering them political assistance in the past. He said: "I always felt indignation when our Western partners and Western media were referring to terrorists who conducted brutal and bloody crimes on the territory of Russia as rebels."" As we said in that report, yes we can see where he is coming from.
The BBC reports:
There is "limited but growing" evidence that Syrian government troops have used chemical weapons, UK Prime Minister David Cameron says. "It is extremely serious, this is a war crime," Mr Cameron told the BBC.
It is now a case of watch this space. Will vague news of chemical weapons result in the next step, military intervention? In many ways it is bound to happen. That said, remember Iraq and vague accusations of weapons of mass destruction, that in the end did not exist.
U.K. P.M. David Cameron will be wary of going down the same path as Tony Blair. He foolishly thought intervention in Iraq would lead to political success, as in Thatcher and the Falklands. In the end it did not. The U.S. have committed to the east and the pacific region which could leave Europe to act in Syria. Either way, is conflict necessary or the only solution? I guess it is if you want Assad gone at any price and have your own agenda.