Red Lines In The Sand

A problem when a war rages on for year after year is that it becomes unclear how this war began or who is doing what, when. President Obama made clear there is a “red line in the sand” if evidence emerges the Syrian government has employed chemical weapons of destruction. At this point, President Obama is somewhat unclear if the evidence is conclusive. On the other hand, Iran, which supports the government of President Bashar al-Assad, made clear the use of chemical weapons is a “red line” which can not be crossed. Naturally, from their perspective rebel forces are using chemical weapons of destruction. As Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi commented: “we have always emphasized tha the use of chemical weapons on the part of anyone is our red line.”

I am unclear, what exactly will Iran do if rebels do use chemical weapons. Then again, I am unclear as to what President Obama will do if Assad uses chemical weapons. Perhaps, we can get both sides together and allow each to use one chemical weapon in  order to get this out of their system.

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