The allegation that Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad used Sarin nerve gas against opposition forces has led some Western politicians to renew calls for military intervention.
At least 70,000 people have already died in this conflict as Assad uses brutal repression to crush the revolt against his dictatorship.
He has already shown he is willing to use airstrikes and heavy artillery against heavily populated civilian areas.
The evidence that Sarin has been used is contested even among US intelligence agencies themselves. These would only say that with “varying degrees of confidence” they think Assad may have used chemical weapons on a “small scale”.
Barack Obama has said that the use of chemical weapons would be a “red line” which if crossed would trigger a military response.
But despite the gung ho headlines the West is reluctant to launch a full military intervention. Obama is worried about the risks of the US getting embroiled in another war in the Middle East.
Any decision won’t be based on the suffering of ordinary Syrians. The only motive is what serves the interests of US imperialism.
The West backs dictatorships in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia while claiming to support the revolt in Syria.
Western intervention would be a disaster for the ordinary Syrians who are fighting for freedom and democracy.