United States is firm in the position of attacking Syria and France approves the action, England gave up that position by decision of its parliament, while Russia, China and Iran, oppose external military actions against the government in Damascus and the situation keeps the global expectation of what might be a conflict of major proportions.
U.S. says Bashar al-Assad’s government attacked with chemical weapons on civilians in the suburbs of Damascus, but has asked the UN to confirm through laboratory tests, while the Obama administration has sought Congressional authorization for his air attack that does not include ground troops intervention. According to Obama, the strategy is not to create a new Iraq, but defend Syrian civilians.
Two years ago al-Assad, who in 2000 succeeded his father Hafez, who ruled for 30 years, began a crackdown on activists demanding economic prosperity and political and civil liberties. This led to a popular uprising that began a civil war that has already claimed the lives of 100 thousand people and the exodus of millions to neighboring countries.
The National Coalition Syria in opposition to the al-Assad regime, accused of using chemical weapons and calls external help, but while diplomatic discussions have arisen about the possibility that Western forces begin military action against Syria, the regime of Bashar al-Assad has warned they are prepared to face air strikes.