US president Obama has been meeting with presidents from the Baltic region in the White House to discuss a response to the chemical attack which is alleged to have killed around 1,500 people in Damascus. He said he was considering limited narrow measures, and that as a world leader, the US was obliged to ensure that governments would be held to account if they used prohibited weapons. The US, he said,cannot accept a world in which women and children are gassed.
President Obama said: “The world has an obligation to make sure that we maintain the norm against the use of chemical weapons. I have not made a final decision about various actions that might be taken to help enforce that norm. But, as I’ve already said, I have had my military and our team look at a wide range of options. In no event are we considering any kind of military action that would involve boots on the ground, that would involve a long-term campaign.”