The Syrian government has been accused of using chemical weapons again, this time chlorine gas, in an attack on a village called Kfar Zeita. The Financial Times has the story:
Jennifer Psaki, state department spokeswoman, said the US was looking into evidence that chlorine was used in the village of Kfar Zeita this month.“We are examining allegations that the government was responsible,” she said. “Obviously there needs to be an investigation of what’s happened here.”US officials had earlier played down reports from Syrian opposition activists that helicopters had dropped chlorine gas on the village.
Reports that Assad’s forces continue to use chemical weapons have been popping up for weeks, as Adam Garfinkle noted earlier this month. Every new piece of evidence is a rebuke to President Obama, who has utterly failed to enforce his “red line.”If the U.S. inquiry finds that Assad did give the go-ahead on these chemical attacks, it will be proof of his total disregard for Obama’s ultimatum, not to mention of the sham of Russian-led arms control. The Administration has been trying to ignore the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but that is becoming harder and harder to do.