Following Cameron's parliamentary defeat Thursday images are online Friday purporting to depict students in Syria with injuries similar to those caused by napalm. We are in danger of becoming a cracked record but who launched the attack and what about America's track record with such weapons?
There are many images online of victims of napalm by US forces in Vietnam. The victims included women, children and other civilians. The fact that those attacks were in the 60's means nothing. Given the right circumstances they would use such weapons again.
The latest attack on students in Syria was launched via a plane. Who was resonsible is not known. The assumption is that it was the Assad regimes forces but it could be a range of people. US special forces spring to mind along with any number of rebels, some receiving a wide-range of support from the west.
Whilst all decent people empathise with victims in Syria we should not, like Paddy Ashdown Lib Dem, feel ashamed. Perhaps if we had waded into Syria, like iraq, resulting in tthe death of tens of thousands of civilians we should have felt ashamed.
Sky News reports: "Video said to be from the town of Urum al Kubra, close to Aleppo, shows a man reported to be a school teacher, who says the students were attacked as they tried to escape from an attack nearby. "The plane hit a residential area in Urum al Kubra," he explains. "We tried to get out quickly so we don't get hurt, but it seems someone's fate caught up with them today. "A gathering of students formed, which is normal as the students needed to leave under these circumstances, and the plane hit us.""
With reports ranging from 7 dead, 50 injured and a napalm like substance there is no hard evidence available nor confirmation of what the susbtance was.
One crucial fact has to be who launched the attack, if it was real?
David Cameron still wants robust action on Syria but unless he is prepared to ignore the nation and parliament diplomatic measures will be the only way.
The US may not be worried about the UK's late withdrawal from possible military strikes against Syria but it needs coalition forces, in some ways to pat them on the back. Obama will not want to be seen as a warmonger out on a limb.
That said there are reports Friday that US President Obama may yet choose to "go it alone". Again he is said to be considering what will be best for America.
America's Chuck Hagel for the military looked flummoxed Friday after Camerons's defeat. Many countries close to Syria have refused air space for any possible US military action against Syria. Hollande, for France, will stand by the USA and support America in any action aganist Syria. It is worth noting that France would not support Bush in the Iraq war.
Perhaps that is why they are still prepared to follow the US into battle. They have not suffered such huge military losses, high costs and had blood on their hands, like the UK and USA in Iraq. They have not seen first hand that Iraq is not a better place after war ended.
There are reports that members of the Syrian regime who found chemical weapons in rebel tunnels are also injured. Those reports will be dismissed as spin but it is hard to know who is spinning out of control and who speaks even an ounce of truth.
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