Remember the pretext for the Iraq war? Weapons of mass destruction, regime attacking their own people, the axis of evil, human rights atrocities, war crimes. Of course you remember and that's why the talk we're hearing regarding Syria over the last few days sounds so familiar.
“We cannot stand by and permit the systematic use of weapons like chemical weapons on civilian populations”No of course you can't condone that Mr Obama! You must also have been outraged when the US military used devastating chemical weapons during its barbaric siege of Fallujah in Iraq! The line was crossed when they used white phosphorus shells and an advanced form of napalm because they are both banned by international conventions and THAT was a war crime yes? men, women and children burnt alive.
“It’s limited evidence, but there’s growing evidence that we have seen too of the use of chemical weapons, probably by the regime.”Aah now David Cameron is chipping in is he? "limited evidence", "probably by the regime", not really convincing me there Dave, sorry mate but no I won't be happy if you spend my taxes on intervening in Syria because there seems to be no evidence whatsoever.
|note that Assad does have big support from the Syrian people|
just like Gaddafi did in Libya
But why is there an interest in Syria? They're not a major producer of oil or gas, they're not a politically verbal or economic threat in the same way as Gaddafi and Libya, so whats going on? Well look at it like this- Syria might not be a major power in the Middle East, but a Syrian uprising may determine the shape of the future regional 'energy map'. The biggest losers in a successful war for regime change would be Iran, who recently signed a major pipeline deal with Syria and Iraq that is ultimately aimed at bringing Iranian gas to the Mediterranean Sea, and Russia, which has sought to expand its own influence in energy development in the region. Washington bitterly opposed this pipeline deal.