August 21, 2012 | Quote

Syria Crisis: Obama Warns on Chemical Weapons

In his latest blog post, exiled Syrian activist Ammar Abdulhamid takes issue with President Obama's “coldly articulated red line regarding the use of chemical weapons” which he says “might just translate into a green light for more frenzied killing sprees by Assad and his militias”.

In his recent White House press briefing, President Obama said that he had not “ordered military engagement” in Syria, but noted that he might change his “calculus” should “we see a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around, or being utilised,” by the Assad regime, as this development, for him, as he pointed out, would constitute a “red line.”

By framing things this way at a time when Assad's MiGs, helicopter gunships, missiles and heavy artillery are pounding residential neighbourhoods and civilian installations, including schools and hospitals, in villages, towns and cities all across Syria claiming hundreds of lives every day, President Obama's red line will most likely be taken by Assad as green light for sticking to his bloody tactics to the bitter end. After all, he was just told by the most powerful man in the world that he has no plans to stop him.

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Syria