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Syria: What should we do?

The use of chemical weapons has changed the world’s view of the Syrian conflict

By Prospect Team   October 2013

This photograph shows the aftermath of the apparent chemical weapons attack that took place in eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus on 21st August. British scientists found traces of sarin gas in samples taken from the scene. Until that day, for two and a half years, western powers had held back from a role in Syria’s war. Images of horror such as these made indifference impossible. They forced politicians to ask whether they should mount military action, although their voters recoil from it—or whether the off-the-cuff offer by John…

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