UN Urges US to Wait as Arab League Opposes Attacking Syria

UN: Just Give Us Four Days for Inspection

The first US attacks on Syria could begin in a matter of hours, as UN officials are pleading with the hawkish Obama Administration to at least give them another four days to carry out an investigation into the putative chemical weapons attack.

Investigators are already on the ground and say they can be done within just a few short days, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said it was important to establish the facts before the war was launched.

The US has fought vigorously against the inspections, insisting that they are “too late,” that the official US narrative of what happened in Syria was “undeniable” and the UN needed to withdraw inspectors.

Experts say that the “too late” argument makes no sense, and that evidence of a real chemical weapons attack would last years and be virtually impossible to “cover up.” The US is still expected to start the war before the probe finishes, however, if for no other reason than to avoid the UN throwing a monkey wrench into their ambitions by revealing that the narrative is false.

The Arab League is also complicating matters after the US assumed they were on board, saying that while they endorse the US-rebel narrative they oppose military action against Syria.

The US has been desperately trying to shore up international support for the war, but apart from Britain and France they don’t appear to be getting much formal backing.

Still, that doesn’t seem to be dampening spirits at the White House, where war season is officially here and attacks are imminent. The last conceivable obstacle in their minds is the British parliament, since Prime Minister David Cameron is seeking some legal cover by wanting parliament to endorse his involvement. The US Congress will not be asked.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. 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.