According to Adam Entous reporting for the Wall Street Journal, the next target for the Syrian government to employ chemical weapons may be the ancient city of Aleppo. As reported many times previously, the time to have developed action plans to prevent, contain, and to control chemical weapons use by the Bashar al-Assad regime has past.
Syria is yet another lesson for the world to learn from with regard to weapons of mass destruction in the hands of dictatorships and rogue regimes that have no standard or respect for humanity. For them, it is all about power and keeping it.
When rogue regimes are on the edge of losing it, they will use all available means to stay in control. Therefore, the question is at what point in the lifecycle of rogue regimes is intervention necessary and justified?
At present, based upon the Syrian example, it takes two uses of chemical weapons by a regime against citizens before the free world does what?
List of actions taken to address weapons of mass destruction use against people: (See annotated list for more details)
1. Take a long time to confirm the attacks and use of weapons of mass destruction.
2. Take a long time to attempt to convince a coalition of free nations to support intervention.
3. Give incredible credence to outlier nations that lean toward protecting rogue nations (apparently like them).
4. Take a long time to jawboning by the executive branch to convince Congress and citizens about the right course of action.
5. Publicize for a long time about the difficulties and dangers of intervention by military leaders to calibrate expectations.
6. Publicize that the military leaders and planners have a way to intervene with robot warfare with minimal danger to U.S. warfighters.
7. Whisper that in the long run, post having established a no-fly zone that there will be troops boots on the ground because that is the only way to safely (albeit with great danger) contain and dispose of weapons of mass destruction.
8. Whisper once again what everyone knows and that intervention of this sort consumes scarce revenues and that it will be a costly mission.
“U.S. Fears Aleppo Is Next for Chemical Weapons Strike Concern for Syria's Largest City Reason for Quick U.S. Response
By ADAM ENTOUS WASHINGTON— Obama administration officials believe that they must respond quickly to the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons, or else the regime will deploy them again in Syria's largest city, now a key stronghold of the opposition. "Aleppo would probably be one of the likely targets," said a senior administration official.”