A few years ago former President Barack Obama called the use of chemical weapons a "red line" that would prompt US intervention in the Syrian civil war if used. Well people of America, that red line has been crossed again and things aren't looking to good for the notorious Assad regime.
Boris Johnson, the British Foreign Secretary, came out and said "All the evidence suggests this was the Assad regime who did it in the full knowledge that they were using illegal weapons in a barbaric attack on their own people." Britain is not alone in their accusations, countries around the globe are pointing their fingers at the Assad regime, and all are strongly condemning the use of chemical weapons.
While the rest of world is blaming Assad, Russia issued a statement Wednesday that seems to contradict the popular opinion here by saying the same types of chemical weapons that were used in the most recent attack in the town of Khan Shaykhun are the the same type of weapons that rebels had used in the past. Russia and Syria have both already denied any involvement in these recent chemical attacks, so now that begs the question what is President Trump going to do about this mess? The eyes of the world will be on Trump and he has two options. Is he going to get tough on the Assad Regime, or he is going to take a more laid back approach to the situation in Syria?
Obama's literally lost all and any credibility he had in the same scenario, something he never fully recovered from by not staying true to his word, but so far President Trump hasn't directed any "red line" warnings at Bashar al-Assad. It's safe to say the next few weeks are going to be interesting while the world watches this situation fold out and if the use of sarin gas is confirmed by neutral observers on the ground in Syria then you can without a doubt expect a full response from the West and the United Nations over these atrocities, and maybe even the end of this god forsaken war in Syria.
The latter will almost certainly send more signals to Assad that the US has little interest in how he treats his people, but the latter could land the US in a hot war with not just Assad but potentially also Russia. Had Obama intervened in 2013 — and more importantly, had he worked with Congress to prepare the political ground here in the US to do so — Russia might have remained on the sidelines. The only path open to Trump now is to talk tougher and push hard for a UN crackdown, forcing Russia to veto it and isolating them a little more in the diplomatic realm.