War Over? Use of chemical weapons on Syrian people?

President Obama concentrated on the domestic agenda in his Inauguration Speech and declared the War in Afghanistan to be almost over, but reports from Syria remind us of the foreign policy challenges.

For some time worrying reports about the Syrian regime’s treatment of its people have emerged in the news but foreign powers have been unwilling to intervene. This week news emerged which suggested that Syrian authorities could in fact be resorting to some form of chemical suppression and has raised concerns significantly. The White House has since attempted to play down the leaked report, but the report’s emergence nonetheless must stir detailed investigation. Of course given the lengthy nature of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan the West is disinclined to engage in another potentially long and costly military engagement, but such reports of chemical suppression in Syria will raise questions for the USA?

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