US President Barack Obama has given a staunch warning to the Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad, saying the US would respond if his forces were found to be using weapons of mass destruction:
“It’s obviously horrific,” he said. “As it is when mortars are being fired on civilians and people are being indiscriminately killed.”
“To use potential weapons of mass destruction on civilian populations crosses another line with respect to international norms and international law, and that is going to be a game changer.”
A day earlier the White House said it believed Assad’s forces had used chemical weapons on a small scale.
British Prime Minister David Cameron mirrored the words of his American counterpart.
He also said the use of chemical weapons is a red line, though learning important lessons from the past he expressed the need to gather more evidence before getting fired up over WMDs:
“Do I think that putting boots on the ground in Syria, as we did in Iraq or Afghanistan, is the right thing to do? No I don’t, and I don’t think we should do it.”
“Should we be working with our allies, the French, Americans, others in the Gulf, to do everything we can to support the responsible part of the opposition? Yes we should.”