60 Minutes, 9/15/2013, throws another hat into the ring to discuss the recent events regarding the Syrian Conflict. The world powers have determined that chemical weapons were used in Syria recently. Nobody has put out and definitive proof that is was the Assad Regime who used them or tied the president of Syria to the attacks. We know that the rebel factions have had their hands on some chemical weapons in the past. President Obama has put out an all sides attack by having Secretary of State, John Kerry, go on the offensive to promote action in Syria. It was only after Britain decided to wait that Obama had to back track a little and ask for Congressional approval.
Last week, the President was upstaged once again by the Russians, who said they could get Assad to run over all of his chemical arsenal. What was supposed to be a speech about why we need to punish the Assad Regime turned into a drawn out speech on why chemical weapons are bad for everyone and why we cannot let their use go unpunished. Some say he put out the options widely and pundits say he just looked like a kid who just got his lollypop stolen.
Assad has said in interviews that he did not do this. It really would seem like he would be the last person to want the world to get involved in his civil war and he knows that using them would do this. Obama and Kerry have both said it falls on him, even if he did not have direct knowledge of the attack. I find that funny because Obama has hidden behind that excuse many times in the last 4 years. How can our leaders say Assad is responsible, even if he didn’t know about or order the use of these agents and then claim they are innocent of the same charges for the exact same reason?
What I really find ironic about the recent events surrounding Syria is that these weapons are so much more dangerous than regular bombs. Yes, dying from a chemical agent is horrid and kills innocents as well as fighters. Regular bombs do the same thing. Why is it we sit by the wayside and watch over 100,000 people be killed but when a little over 1,000 are killed by chemical agents, we want to suddenly do something. Innocent casualties are no different if they were killed with chemical agents or regular bombs.
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