France, Germany may participate in a Syria military response

putin  merkelWestern leaders are discussing whether to stage a military response to last week’s alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria.

France and Germany, which refused to support the 2003 Iraq invasion, suggested Monday they may take part. Russia said any such intervention would violate international law.

UNITED STATES

Secretary of State John Kerry says chemical weapons were used in Syria, accuses President Bashar Assad of destroying evidence, and says the U.S. has additional information about the attack and will soon make it public. Kerry calls the attack a “moral obscenity” that should shock the conscience of the world.

President Francois Hollande says time is running out for the Syrian regime and airstrikes are a possibility.

“Everything will come into play this week,” he told Le Parisien newspaper. “There are several options on the table, ranging from strengthening international sanctions to airstrikes to arming the rebels.

Hollande spoke with President Barack Obama on Sunday and told him France, like Britain, would support him in a targeted military intervention, according to the paper.

“It’s still too early to say categorically what will happen,” he was quoted as saying. “The U.N. experts are going to investigate on site. We also have to allow time for the diplomatic process. But not too much. We can’t go without a reaction when confronted with chemical weapons.”

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said “all the options are open. The only option that I can’t imagine would be to do nothing.”

GERMANY

Germany suggests for the first time it may support the use of force if a chemical weapons attack is confirmed.

“The suspected large-scale use of poison gas breaks a taboo even in this Syrian conflict that has been so full of cruelty,” Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said. “It’s a serious breach of the international Chemical Weapons Convention, which categorically bans the use of these weapons. It must be punished, it cannot remain without consequences.”

Germany has “very clear evidence that this was a chemical weapons attack,” Seibert said. He declined to speculate on what kind of response might now be needed in Syria, but repeatedly refused to rule out the use of force.

RUSSIA

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Western nations calling for military action against Syria have no proof the regime is behind the alleged attack.

Lavrov said the countries calling for action have assumed the role of “both investigators and the U.N. Security Council” in probing the incident.

“They cannot produce evidence, but keep on saying that the ‘red line’ has been crossed and they cannot wait any longer,” he said at a Moscow news conference.

Lavrov likened the situation in Syria to the run-up before the 2003 Iraq invasion. He warned against military intervention in Syria, saying “the use of force without a sanction of the U.N. Security Council is a crude violation of international law.”

BRITAIN

Foreign Secretary William Hague says disagreements among the five U.N. Security Council members have prevented any action over Syria from being taken for too long and “complete unity” wasn’t necessary to launch a response.

“We cannot in the 21st century allow the idea that chemical weapons can be used with impunity,” he said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said lawmakers could be recalled to debate any potential action over Syria as soon as this week and that Cameron plans to meet with national security advisers Wednesday. Cameron’s spokesman said London reserves “the ability to take action swiftly if needed.”

Cameron later called Vladimir Putin and told the Russian leader there was little doubt that Syrian forces had been responsible and prevented immediate U.N. access to the site, “suggesting they had something to hide,” the premier’s office said. Both agreed that any use of chemical weapons would merit a serious response from the international community, but Putin said there was no evidence about whether they had been used in Syria and, if so, who was responsible.

TURKEY

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says his country would take part in an international coalition against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime if the U.N. failed to come up with sanctions to punish Syria for the alleged use of chemical weapons.

Turkey was once a close Syrian ally, but turned into one of Assad’s harshest critics and is a key supporter of Syrian rebels. Turkey has repeatedly struck back at Syrian territory in response to shelling, mortar rounds or fire from across the border since shells from Syria struck a Turkish village in October, killing five people.

UNITED NATIONS

Speaking to reporters in Seoul, South Korea, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says “if proven, any use of chemical weapons by anyone under any circumstances is a serious violation of international law and an outrageous crime. We cannot allow impunity in what appears to be a grave crime against humanity.”

In New York, U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said: “Despite the passage of a number of days, the secretary-general is confident that the team will be able to obtain and analyze evidence relevant for its investigation of the Aug. 21 incident.”

EUROPEAN UNION

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says a decision about military intervention in Syria hasn’t been made yet and the support of the U.N. Security Council for any such action remains “extremely important.”

Ashton told reporters in Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, the world “needs to find a political solution” for Syria’s bloodshed. She said it is difficult for the 28-member EU to reach a joint conclusion, but the bloc is considering “various options.”

Ashton said she has stressed the need to end the violence in “recent conversations with China and Russia.” She also said it is important that U.N. weapons inspectors are allowed to examine the evidence of a possible chemical weapons attack “as quickly as possible to reach a conclusion.”

ISRAEL

President Shimon Peres calls on the U.N. to appoint the Arab League to set up a temporary government in Syria to stop the bloodshed.

Peres’ comments marked the highest-profile Israeli call for international intervention in neighboring Syria. Israel has been careful to stay on the sidelines of Syria’s civil war, which has killed more than 100,000. But international demands have been growing for action amid the chemical weapons attack allegations.

Peres said “foreigners will not understand what is going on in Syria” so the U.N. should task the Arab League with setting up a government.

ABC/AP

Photo: German Chancellor Angela Merkel ( L) may support the use of force if a chemical weapons attack is confirmed but Russian president Vladimir Putin  ( R) says any such intervention would violate international law.

  • The real lebanese

    Wonder if something will actually happen this time. In the past it has been all talk

  • The real lebanese

    Wonder if something will actually happen this time. In the past it has been all talk

  • dateam

    IRAN IS BACKING ASSAD.GULF STATES ARE AGAINST ASSAD.ASSAD IS AGAINST MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD. MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AND USA ARE AGAINST GENERAL SISI. BUT GULF STATES ARE PRO SISI. WHICH MEANS THEY ARE AGAINST MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD!
    IRAN IS PRO-HAMAS,BUT HAMAS IS BACKING MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD.
    OBAMA IS BACKING MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD,YET HAMAS IS AGAINST USA!
    GULF STATES ARE PRO-USA.BUT TURKEY IS WITH GULF STATES AGAINST ASSAD, YET TURKEY IS PRO MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AGAINST GENERAL SISI. AND SISI IS BACKED BY GULF STATES!
    Welcome to the middle east. If we can figure that out then wel try and figure out the rest?????????????

    • wargame1

      MUSLIMBROHERHOOD IS PRO IRAN

      here is a video evidence. Please Watch he youtube video link bellow

      /watch?v=rb_nFBsZgPs

      /watch?v=FeaeSnMhhYQ

      • dateam

        True,yet mb spoke out against them re syria….the french fought alqaeda in mali yet support the same groups in syria….the list goes on and on and on

        • Reasonableman

          The way i see it is simple all these countries have been playing both sides there agenda “there version of religion” but try to push through by making “political” gains by using “favouritism” to win the masses, while their fronts are “democracy”. Its a conflict of interest. Why they use “democracy” or “english law” as a front im not too sure but i know for sure it has something to do with $$$$$$$$ or otherwise world war 3.

          • dateam

            its always about the money.

          • 5thDrawer

            Yes … but nothing in life is free. You have to work to survive. Too simple.
            The free spirit does it gladly in the knowledge it allows a glass of scotch in a comfortable chair with a book in the evening, after the work.
            Democracy, based in that evolution of English Common Law, finally allowed that.
            Why you and Mr. Reasonable would choose something else is beyond me. ;-)

    • 5thDrawer

      You See, Dateam … it’s why they need to agree on a democratic system, in which all agree to abide by the largest vote instead of the largest gun …. and after a maximum of four years have a chance to correct the mistakes they made the first time.
      The odds on getting that into the heads of constantly war-damaged brains are fairly remote – especially since another whole generation of the ‘never-to-be-cured’ has just been created.
      An ENTIRE orphan country, in fact.
      For ALL the children who survive and go to school in future, the FIRST lesson should be:
      ‘You have been brain-damaged by war. You can never be cured. But we can teach you how to live a good and productive life, with some happy moments, as soon as you accept this first part of your schooling.’
      The most recent ‘hit’ on the world’s conscience …..
      1400 killed by gassing … an invisible killer … 3000 still living through rather nasty symptoms … and some will never be free of the damage.
      Just as most will never forget what they lived through in a bombing in Tripoli or Beirut.
      The difference is that that damage is visible.

  • dateam

    IRAN IS BACKING ASSAD.GULF STATES ARE AGAINST ASSAD.ASSAD IS AGAINST MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD. MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AND USA ARE AGAINST GENERAL SISI. BUT GULF STATES ARE PRO SISI. WHICH MEANS THEY ARE AGAINST MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD!
    IRAN IS PRO-HAMAS,BUT HAMAS IS BACKING MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD.
    OBAMA IS BACKING MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD,YET HAMAS IS AGAINST USA!
    GULF STATES ARE PRO-USA.BUT TURKEY IS WITH GULF STATES AGAINST ASSAD, YET TURKEY IS PRO MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AGAINST GENERAL SISI. AND SISI IS BACKED BY GULF STATES!
    Welcome to the middle east. If we can figure that out then wel try and figure out the rest?????????????

    • wargame1

      MUSLIMBROHERHOOD IS PRO IRAN

      here is a video evidence. Please Watch he youtube video link bellow

      /watch?v=rb_nFBsZgPs

      /watch?v=FeaeSnMhhYQ

      • dateam

        True,yet mb spoke out against them re syria….the french fought alqaeda in mali yet support the same groups in syria….the list goes on and on and on

        • Reasonableman

          The way i see it is simple all these countries have been playing both sides there agenda “there version of religion” but try to push through by making “political” gains by using “favouritism” to win the masses, while their fronts are “democracy”. Its a conflict of interest. Why they use “democracy” or “english law” as a front im not too sure but i know for sure it has something to do with $$$$$$$$ or otherwise world war 3.

          • dateam

            its always about the money.

          • 5thDrawer

            Yes … but nothing in life is free. You have to work to survive. Too simple.
            The free spirit does it gladly in the knowledge it allows a glass of scotch in a comfortable chair with a book in the evening, after the work.
            Democracy, based in that evolution of English Common Law, finally allowed that.
            Why you and Mr. Reasonable would choose something else is beyond me. ;-)

    • 5thDrawer

      You See, Dateam … it’s why they need to agree on a democratic system, in which all agree to abide by the largest vote instead of the largest gun …. and after a maximum of four years have a chance to correct the mistakes they made the first time.
      The odds on getting that into the heads of constantly war-damaged brains are fairly remote – especially since another whole generation of the ‘never-to-be-cured’ has just been created.
      An ENTIRE orphan country, in fact.
      For ALL the children who survive and go to school in future, the FIRST lesson should be:
      ‘You have been brain-damaged by war. You can never be cured. But we can teach you how to live a good and productive life, with some happy moments, as soon as you accept this first part of your schooling.’
      The most recent ‘hit’ on the world’s conscience …..
      1400 killed by gassing … an invisible killer … 3000 still living through rather nasty symptoms … and some will never be free of the damage.