A U.S. cruise missile Syria attack in response to Syria’s 4,000 chemical weapons victims is waiting for President Obama’s green light. “Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel indicated that U.S. military forces are positioned in the Mediterranean and ready to act if President Barack Obama orders a strike on Syria amid allegations that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in an attack this week,” reported Bloomberg on Aug. 24, 2013.
After the Aug. 21, 2013, chemical weapons attack on a Damascus suburb that killed 1,300 people, many of them children, President Obama is under increased pressure to intervene in Syria.
According to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the international organization Doctors Without Borders, 3,600 patients are in hospitals with symptoms of poisonous gases. In Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, 322 deaths have been reported -- including 54 children, 82 women, and dozens of rebels.
Many of the poisonous gas victims were attacked while sleeping. “The attackers used rockets to release fatal fumes over the suburb in the early hours of yesterday morning as people slept in their homes.”
Despite the publication of pictures of the dead in mass graves and uploaded YouTube videos, the international community is hesitant to intervene in Syria because the Syrian government, especially President Bashar al-Assad, is denying of having any involvement in the chemical weapons attack.
While China, Russia, and Iran are emphasizing that further evidence is needed, Britain and the United States have called for an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council to discuss military options available to the West.
According to a report coming from Europe, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said that all indications show the Syrian government was behind the "chemical massacre".
"All the information at our disposal converges to indicate that there was a chemical massacre near Damascus and that the Bashar regime is responsible. France has previously stated that any confirmed use of chemical weapons would provide grounds for military intervention.”
According to a U.S. official, the United States has now four destroyers equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles in the Mediterranean Sea: the USS Gravely, the USS Barry, the USS Mahan and the USS Ramage.
Judging from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s statement that “the international community is moving swiftly in getting facts on what did happen and getting the intelligence right and all the other factors that go into a decision will be made swiftly and should be made swiftly,” -- a U.S. cruise missile Syria attack will happen without much notice to the public and will occur “swiftly.”