Aug 29, 2013
By Jane Brown
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says U.N. inspectors investigating the alleged chemical attack in Syria will be leaving the country on Saturday. Ban is once again asking for western nations to give the inspection team time to complete its investigation.
U.S. President Barack Obama says the U.S. has concluded that the regime of Bashar al-Assad perpetrated the attack, which killed at least 100 Syrians on August 21st. Obama’s motivation in launching a possible military attack is to protect his own citizens. “There is a prospect, or at least a possibility, in which chemical weapons, that can have devastating effects, could be directed at us,” Obama explained, “and we want to make sure that that doesn’t happen.”
There is no firm indication yet that Canada would support any U.S. led military action against Syria. Canada’s support of U-S-led military action against Syria may end up being only symbolic. A NATO source spoke to The Canadian Press on condition of anonymity, and said talks among U-S allies are focused on a quick air campaign which would involve mostly Tomahawk missiles. The source also said the extent of Canadian military assistance could be dispatching H-M-C-S Toronto closer to the area to help protect American ships. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird acknowledged Canada’s involvement could be limited. “Obviously we’ve had discussions with our American, British, French allies amongst others … We’ll let decisions be made before we know whether we even have the capacity to be able to contribute militarily.”