Speaking during a Security Council emergency meeting convened in the wake of a WMD poison gas attack in northern Syria which killed at least 72 people, US UN Amb. Nikki Haley said evidence indicates the agent is more lethal than Bashar Assad has used before, and offered up pictures of victims.
The Trump administration has pointed its finger at Assad, but Russia has claimed that the chemicals were released when Syrian aircraft bombed a rebel-held factory making chemical weapons.
What we do know for certain is that Assad has used chemical weapons against his enemies in Syria in the past, and that the Islamic State (IS) has used make-shift and captured chemical weapons against Assad and Assad allied forces as well. Both sides in this elongated civil war are guilty of violating international treaties against the use of chemical and biological weapons.
We, in the West (because, evidently, the totalitarian nations of the Middle East and Asia don't have a conscience about it), must make a decision about whether we are willing to allow the use of WMD without a definitive response. Barack Obama's limp-wristed "red line" in Syria only served to embolden both the Russians and the Syrians. Now the Iranians are involved as well.
Pres. Trump's response must be perfect. He needs to speak for a coalition of world leaders who are willing to risk it all to push back against tyrants who would use these weapons of abomination. And the American people - who have because weak-willed where doing the right ting is concerned - must be prepared for the worst case scenario...and we haven't seen anything like this in almost two generations.