The world’s focus is currently on Syria and how the United States will respond to last week’s reports of a massive chemical weapons attack against civilians in the Damascus suburb of Ghoula. Members of the opposition fighting against the Syrian government claim that more than 1,000 men, women, and children perished in the attack, with ghoulish photos circulating the internet of corpses piled together.
A team of United Nations inspectors is currently on the ground to verify whether or not chemical weapons are being used, though their mission is fairly limited in scope and they are already on the receiving end of violence meant to prevent their efforts. As that is ongoing, President Obama has been meeting with his top national security advisors to come to a conclusion on how to move forward in Syria. Just over a year ago, Obama called the use of chemical weapons a violation of a “red-line” that would change U.S. calculations.