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Ayed: Would establishing that Syria has used chemical weapons be enough trigger international intervention?

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26 April, 2013
By: Nahlah Ayed
London correspondent for CBC News The National

Would the the deaths of 70,000 people be enough? People have strong opinions about red lines, especially where Syria is concerned, but only those with the power to make such decisions can answer such questions. Obama said use of chemical weapons would constitute a red line that would trigger action. The question, now that there is mounting evidence chemical weapons were likely used in Syria, is whether Obama will act – when it’s clear he’s loathe to.

The question is undoubtedly weighing on Obama’s mind as we speak. The pressure must be enormous. His decision will have an irreversible impact on the region for years to come.

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