WASHINGTON — The United Nations, as expected, revealed to the international community that the Syrian government led by Bashar al-Assad used sarin gas on Syrian rebels.
Reuters reported that France, the U.S. and Great Britain said that this proved the Syrian government forces used chemical weapons and should be punished.
But, it comes too little, too late as U.S. President Barack Obama backed down in the face of Russian threats and American opposition at home. Syria’s Assad declared “victory” after the events unfolded. Some are questioning whether Obama is a tough leader or a foreign policy failure as Russia continues to press America to back up their statements.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said:
“This is the most significant confirmed use of chemical weapons against civilians since Saddam Hussein used them in Halabja (Iraq) in 1988…the international community has pledged to prevent any such horror from recurring, yet it has happened again.”
The U.N. did not confirm who launched the attack, as their samples were taken from an attack on the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Ghouta.