THERE will be no vote in Congress on air-strikes, for the time being. America will wait and see whether Russia’s proposal that Bashar Assad’s regime put away its chemical weapons and, in exchange, be spared a shower of Tomahawk missiles, is credible. That was the message of a short address given by the president on September 10th.
The one-on-one with the nation had been previewed as Barack Obama’s chance to win over a sceptical public. It carried some of the force of this original purpose. Mr Obama made a persuasive case that both America’s self-interest and its values pointed in the direction of using military force.
If we fail to act, the Assad regime will see no reason to stop using chemical weapons. As the ban against these weapons erodes, other tyrants will have no reason to think twice about acquiring poison gas and using them. Over time, our troops would again face the prospect of chemical warfare on the battlefield, and it could be easier for terrorist organisations to obtain these weapons and to use them to attack civilians...
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