Questions Raised by Syria's Chemical Weapons Attack

Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime sparked global condemnation after a chemical weapons attack killed scores of civilians, including children, in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun.

This subsequently led to United States president Barack Obama ditching his own plans to take action, which President Trump yesterday described as "a great opportunity missed" to tackle Assad. "My attitude towards Syria and Assad has changed very much".

Syria's government officially joined the Chemical Weapons Convention and turned over its chemical arsenal in 2013, as part of a deal to avert USA military action.

Mr Trump said the attack crossed "many, many lines" and can not be tolerated.

"It should never have been made", he said, blaming the Obama administration for "one of the worst deals" he had ever witnessed. He also said such a committee should start from Damascus and not from Turkey. Dr Tennari said numerous injured died immediately, majority choking on gas, while others died on their way to the hospital where some survived and were treated.

Trump did maintain that Obama's failure to respond to his red line threat "was a blank threat (that) set us back a long ways, not only in Syria but in many other parts of the world". Syria, in his words, strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons by any party, regardless of the circumstances.

But asked this morning whether Britain would consider backing U.S. military action against Assad in Syria, Mrs May shied away from addressing the subject of intervention. Russian President Vladimir Putin, for his part is firing big guns both to defeat a United Nations condemnation of the Syrian ruler, by claiming the bomb hit a rebel toxic weapons store, and trying to head off an American military strike to punish him.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian Federation would take its case blaming the rebels for the poisoning to the United Nations. But early on Wednesday, Russia, a major ally of the Syrian government, alleged a Syrian airstrike hit a rebel arsenal, releasing the toxic agents.

"The horrific events of yesterday demonstrate unfortunately that war crimes are going on in Syria (and that) global humanitarian law is being violated frequently", Mr Guterres said as he went into a Syria aid conference in Brussels.

Russia's stance is little short of collusion, and for all the frustration that will be felt in the United Nations at present, it is imperative that more pressure is brought on Moscow as well as the Chinese to ensure Assad makes good on his promise to give up his chemical weapons stockpile.

"What is your plan to stop these horrific senseless attacks?"

He also said the attack in Syria is another testament to the failure of the global community to adequately address the conflict.

Yesterday, disturbing photos and videos (warning: they're graphic) started coming out of the town of Khan Sheikoun in rebel-held IdlibProvince: children in spasms, foaming at their mouths, gasping for breath, and lying motionless as parents cry over them and rescue teams attempt to wash chemical agents from their bodies.

  • Leroy Wright