West Poised for Syrian Intervention as Child Refugees Hit 1 Million

U.S. joins the U.K., France, Germany and Turkey in pushing for a military response in wake of poison gas allegations but Russia still voices opposition

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A Syrian refugee girl walks at a temporary refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese town of Marj near the border with Syria, Lebanon, Aug. 28, 2013.

The number of child refugees fleeing the escalating Syria conflict has reached one million, with a further two million internally displaced, the U.N. has claimed as Western powers appear ready to intervene in the two-year-old civil war.

Horrific images of scores of linen-wrapped bodies reported to be victims of chemical weapons as well as graphic testimony from witnesses and aid groups has prompted the U.S. to join the U.K., France, Germany and Turkey in pushing for a military response. The British government is preparing to recall Parliament with Prime Minister David Cameron cutting short a vacation in a bid to convince lawmakers to agree to armed engagement.

Citizens of Syrian neighbor Israel are hurrying to equip themselves with gas masks to protect against Syria’s touted 1,000-ton stockpile of nerve agents.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Monday that it was “undeniable” that chemical weapons had been used by embattled President Bashar Assad.

“Make no mistake,” said Kerry. “President Obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world’s most heinous weapon against the world’s most vulnerable people.”

However, Russian President Vladimir Putin is maintaining his opposition to intervention and reportedly told Cameron by phone that there was “no evidence” to support claims that Assad had deployed chemical weapons.

European markets opened lower Tuesday, marketwatch.com said, owing to fears of a deterioration in the Syrian conflict, while AP reported the price of oil rising to more than $106 a barrel over similar concerns.

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[Guardian]
[Daily Telegraph]

6 comments
sridhar.sid
sridhar.sid

The sheer hypocrisy of the West/US is obvious. An excuse for a regime change has been on the agenda, primarily to remove potential threats to Israel. Now, the entire drama about the Chemical attack seems so well choreographed that there a few takers. Remember the American Arab girl who acted for the TV cameras and the US marched into Kuwait? Remember the false presentation at the UN  about Saddam's WMD? The real facts are that the West believes that a regime change will serve many purposes: Saudis/Gulf States/Turkey will get a Sunni Government, Israel will not have to worry about a Shia axis between Assad and the Hizbollah and Iran will be easier to tame. This will help the West to dominate the Middle East again!But, just lobbing a few missiles into Damascus will not produce results hence we should brace for a long campaign

smehgol
smehgol

Syria killed a few hundred with chemical weapons. Israel, our "inseparable ally," ghettoized over a million and killed a hundred times more than Syria, many with chemicals (white phosphorous) and other internationally illegal weapons. Israel, not Syria, is the scourge of the Mid-East.

SassanK.Darian
SassanK.Darian

@smehgollol nice try with the lies. In the last two years along, more than 4X Syrians have been killed than the total throughout the existence of Israel. And this includes the deaths of Palestinian terrorists that Israel has had to deal with. Nice try ignoramus.