Jessamy Nichols, Africa Correspondent
Last Modified: 01:35 a.m. DST, 28 August 2013
SYRIA – As was posted a few days ago, the situation in Syria has worsened as reports of larger and more deadly chemical weapon attacks emerge. The UN sent in investigators to inspect and report back on the damage and death toll, but they have faced issues as Syrian authorities restrict their access to war sites and have even fired bullets at the UN vehicles.
Because the Syrian government is clearly behaving like a government who has something to hide, global leaders are making more advanced steps towards action and a potential intervention. In the last 48 hours, President Obama has held urgent phone calls and meetings with President Hollande of France, Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Harper of Canada, Prime Minister Rudd of Australia, and the United States National Security Council.
Furthermore, the United States government has taken steps to make it very clear to Syrian leaders that they have gone too far and are warranting an international response. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Syrian Foreign Minister Muallim last week and warned him that without an immediate move towards transparency and access for outsiders, there would be consequences.
However, before the United States makes any serious strikes or actions, our nation’s leaders must consult Congress and deliberate how best to handle the complicated situation. In the mean time, they have moved Navy destroyers and equipment closer to Syria in case an order is made. Based on this move and the feeling of increasing tension, some are saying that the US could strike as early as this Thursday. However, the choice of response by the international community will be based on information and intelligence that comes in within the next few days, hours and even minutes. Syria’s actions are forcing countries and alliances who respect human rights to move towards the brink of military intervention, and this is unlikely to change unless Syria makes drastic changes immediately.
Note: Be sure to check out Senator John Kerry’s speech, where other statements by Senior Officials will be posted daily.
- UK and US finalise plans for military strikes against Syrian regime (theguardian.com)
- Military intervention in Syria: ‘US like any power, especially any dominant power’ – expert (voiceofrussia.com)
- US ‘ready’ to launch Syria strike (bbc.co.uk)
- Cameron and Clegg pave the way for UK role in Syria strike (theguardian.com)
- Iran warns against military intervention in Syria (dnaindia.com)
- U.S. Warships Set for Cruise Missile Strikes on Syria (freebeacon.com)