Experts Aren’t Entirely Convinced That Syria Crossed Obama’s ‘Red Line’
Following an assassination attempt on the Syrian prime minister, Wael Nader Al-Halqi, and allegations of the Assad regime using chemical weapons against its own people, the issue of military intervention in Syria is back on the political agenda. But is it something the Syrian people actually want?
Chuck Hagel has suggested that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, which Barack Obama said would be "a red line" with grave consequences. So will the West intervene in Syria? We look at the cost of an intervention, the support Bashar al-Assad has, the opposition to intervention by Russia and China, and the failures of interventions in other parts of the Middle East.
President Obama faces mounting pressure from lawmakers to help put an end to Syria's civil war. This while Damascus has developed a top-secret air-defense system. Washington Institute's Andrew Tabler has analysis. (Photo: AP)
As the war continues, Syrian officials are trying to convince Western countries that they should not support rebel forces because, the officials contend, many are extremists allied with Al Qaeda.
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