Why West's military action is necessary in Syria

Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia speaks during the United Nations Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security and the situation in the Middle East

Haley said that the president would not be rushed into a decision.

President Assad launched a bloody offensive on Eastern Ghouta along with Russian military assistance. Naturally, the president has done so in his own inimitable way. At a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the Pentagon's 2019 budget request, Mattis said that because the USA had no one at the site of the suspected chemical attack in Syria last Saturday, the US has no hard evidence of what happened. Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and "smart!", he threatened.

She said "the United States estimates that (President Bashar) Assad has used chemical weapons in the Syrian war at least 50 times".

President Trump rightfully blamed his predecessor, President Obama, for his failed policy towards Syria.

Trump says that last Saturday, Syrian President Bashar Assad deployed chemical weapons in what was a "significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very awful regime".

That's according to a source familiar with the president's plans, who was not authorized to speak publicly.

It's a nightmare scenario for Syria: The United States launches strikes on Syrian targets, killing Russians, and Moscow is forced to defend itself or retaliate.

President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that missiles "will be coming". "I think this was actually a big moment", opined CNN's Fareed Zakaria at the time.

Not only has there not yet been any verifiable evidence of Russian involvement in the Salisbury incident, arguably more to the point there is no rational reason as to why Russia would do so - especially given the fact that it is due to host the World Cup imminently, and is even less likely than usual to risk its global reputation for no obvious benefit.

"If the president learns he can please the cable news pundits - whom he watches compulsively - by lobbing a few missiles, the world will become a more risky place".

The President also insisted that the U.S. would not remain engaged in Syria forever under any circumstances.

"They agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged, and on the need to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime". That much is clear. Yet if Trump wants to put the same kind of maximum pressure on Damascus that he has on Pyongyang, then the troops need to stay-not because they are going to join the fight against Assad, but because they play a critical role in shaping the balance of power in Syria. Long-term occupation of a country where Russian forces are already on the ground seems implausible, never mind it would be a repeat of Iraq.

In exchange for a measure of autonomy and a cut of the profits, the Kurds would let Assad would reclaim his oil.

Anything is possible when the missiles start flying, but the USA and Russian Federation have a system for avoiding this scenario - it's known as the deconfliction hotline.

On Friday campaigners from the Stop the War Coalition will hand in a letter signed by MPs, trade unionists, celebrities and academics to Downing Street urging Mrs May to not take military action in Syria. So, what else is there? That, however, is not Trump's way.

According to the statement, May described the attack as a "shocking and barbaric act which killed up to 75 people, including children, in the most appalling and inhumane way". "Mueller is most conflicted of all".

Following a sarin attack on Syrian civilians in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017, Trump ordered strikes on the Shayrat air base in Homs.

Speaking to reporters in Moscow, Lavrov reiterated a strong warning to the West against military action in Syria, saying any such "adventures" in Syria would increase flows of refugees into Europe. "This Easter, may the light of the risen Christ illumine the consciences of all political and military leaders, so that a swift end may be brought to the carnage in course", the pontiff said.