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Obama threats again US-decided action against international law and the UN-Charta, which only allows the use of violence, if the security council decides it. The New York Times reported he was considering arming the rebels. Targeted missile strikes and a no-fly zone are also possible options, according to the Associated Press.If we rush to judgment without hard evidence we will find ourselves in a position where we cannot mobilise the international community for what we have to do. It is important that we do this in a prudent way. Joshua Landis, director of the Centre for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma: “In order to clear up Syria’s chemical weapons, the United States needs to put boots on the ground, has to go in and take away all of these chemical weapons, and that means destroying the Syrian military, and dispatching what remains of the Syrian state. ”

May 1, 2013

Barack Obama has made his clearest threat yet of international action against Syria, if the US can confidently establish that Bashar al-Assad’s government was responsible for the recent alleged use of chemical weapons in the country. However, speaking at the White House after days of ambiguous rhetoric from Washington, the president said that he did not yet believe there was sufficient evidence to trace the use of chemical weapons back to President Assad’s government. Obama told reporters:

What we now have is evidence that chemical weapons have been used inside Syria. What we don’t know is who used them. We don’t have a chain of custody. Without evidence of what happened, how can I make a decision what to do? I have got to make sure I have got the facts.

If we rush to judgment without hard evidence we will find ourselves in a position where we cannot mobilise the international community for what we have to do. It is important that we do this in a prudent way.

But he also hinted that any use of chemical weapons would be a “game-changer”. The New York Times reported he was considering arming the rebels. Targeted missile strikes and a no-fly zone are also possible options, according to the Associated Press.

On yesterday’s The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4, Joshua Landis, director of the Centre for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, said he felt Assad was likely to end up using chemical weapons “because he’s going to run out of money and other arms, and they’re going to be the only thing available. And if he doesn’t use them, if he fails, the rebels are going to take them, and they will use them. These chemical weapons are sitting down there like a ticking time bomb. What will the international community do? Is there a plan for dealing with this issue? There isn’t a plan today because nobody wants to get sucked into the swamp that is Syria.”

Landis explained the difficulties for the US in pondering what action to take against Assad:

In order to clear up Syria’s chemical weapons, the United States needs to put boots on the ground, has to go in and take away all of these chemical weapons, and that means destroying the Syrian military, and dispatching what remains of the Syrian state. Obama is not going to do that.

Now the only other alternative then is going to the international community and begging them to do it. The trouble is Russia and China have already made it clear that they do not want that. So what do you do?

He added that the US did not want to “empower” the most potent rebel groups – the Islamists such as Jabhat al-Nusra.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2013/may/01/syria-crisis-let-un-search-for-chemical-weapons-says-opposition-live-updates

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