Chemical Weapons Report a Ticket to Intervention?

Britain Embraces Syria Chemical Weapons Claims as Excuse to Arm Rebels

Yesterday’s report of a chemical weapons strike in Syria included both rebels and government accusing the other side of launch the strike, and international groups doubting that anything happened at all.

Reluctant to let the truth get in the way of a good story, Britain and France have latched onto the claim  however, and are insisting that the unconfirmed report is justification to start throwing weapons at the Syrian rebels en masse.

Of course, Britain and France have been pledging to arm the Syrian rebels for weeks before this news even broke, so it falls into the category of convenient excuse. The question is whether the rest of the EU, which was averse to the idea, will be swayed.

In the US the divide appears to be squarely along war-with-Syria lines, with hawks suggesting the report obliged the US to attack Syria, even though there is still no consensus on what, if anything, actually happened.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.