Barack Obama, the U.S. president, said yesterday that no decision has been made regardin a military intervention in Syria, but that the objective of a limited action would be to stop any future use of chemical weapons.
“Yes we say it in a clear and firm, but limited, send a warning saying: Stop doing this. This could have a positive impact on our national security in the long term,” Obama said during a television interview.
The U.S. leader said his country’s officials believe the Syrian government is responsible for last weeks attacks in the suburbs of Damascus, which employed nerve gas, thus killing hundreds of people, mostly women and children. They do not believe that the opposition against President Bashar al-Assad has chemical weapons in their possession, much less use them.
Given this possible war scenario, there is a clear position between China and Russia who oppose any kind intervention while the U.S., UK and France are willing to take action.