Russia is standing firm against the proposed military operations against Syria, claiming the evidence is not convincing while urging the United States to declassify all of the evidence.
On Sunday, the Secretary of State, John Kerry, stated there was more evidence. The new evidence includes blood and hair samples and indicates that Sarin was utilized in the attacks. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov indicated that Russia would continue to use its veto against American led intervention in Syria stating that the evidence provided was not definitive nor enough to justify strikes against Syria.
Lavrov stated that “If there truly is top secret information available, the veil should be lifted. This is a question of war and peace. To continue this game of secrecy is simply inappropriate.” France, in agreement with the position maintained by President Obama, believes that the attacks could not have been made by anyone else but the Syrian government. Putin has called these claims “nonsense”.
Russia, as a key ally to Syria, his heading the opposition to the proposed military strikes by the United States and her allies. The, already strained, relationship between the United States and Russia is coming under intense scrutiny as the two international powers vie for prominence over this issue. The Nato Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has stated that he feels convinced that the chemical attack took place and that the Syrian government was responsible for the attack. “A firm international response” is necessary to deter the future use of any such weapons. Neglecting to do so would set a dangerous precedent and set the stage for future incidents of this nature.
The Secretary General also stated that he did not see a further role for Nato if any such action was to occur. The expected military response would be a “very short, measured, targeted operation”.
The reputation and standing of the United States will be severely damaged if they opt out of a strike against Syria. The surprise loss of British support on this issue has already dampened the spirits of the pro-intervention lobbyists. President Obama believes that a strike would degrade the capacity of the Assad regime with regards to the use of chemical weapons as well as deter such actions from occurring again. Obama believes that a strike against Syria could be contained and is in the interest of the national security of the United States and her allies, regardless of whether it is sanctioned by the United Nations.
In what the Obama supporters on this issue consider to be a step forward, the Arab League has urged for international action against the Assad regime. The call for action fell just short of an endorsement for military action against Syria.
Written By: Mitchell Luthi