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April 27, 2013 11:00 am

Obama: Syrian Chemical Weapons Use a ‘Game Changer’

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Chemical weapons collected after Libya's National Transitional Council declared full liberation of the country. Similar weapons are believed to be inside Syria. Photo: Giovanni Diffidenti.

Ynet – President Barack Obama said on Friday that the deployment of chemical weapons by the Syrian government was a “game changer” while noting that intelligence assessments proving that such weapons had been used were still preliminary.

“Horrific as it is when mortars are being fired on civilians and people are being indiscriminately killed, to use potential weapons of mass destruction on civilian populations crosses another line with respect to international norms and international law,” Obama told reporters at the White House.

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  • Yoel Nitzarim

    President Barack Obama and David Cameron should not wait any longer to stop the probable flow of weapons of mass destruction in Syria from reaching the hands of terrorist organizations, such as Jabhat a-Nusra and Hezbollah. Once any of the terror organizations actually has the means to murder the masses of civilians in Syria, Israel, Lebanon, and Jordan, the entire region will be a tinderbox; and the impassivity of the Obama and Cameron administrations will be directly and unequivocally responsible for the dire consequences. The prophetic words of Rev. Martin Niemoller should never be permitted to issue from any victim anywhere when action may be utilized to thwart massive destruction. There are, indeed, victims of this Syrian civil war: tens of thousands of them, including, and especially, large numbers of children and women! As my mentor Elie Wiesel has asserted so often, “Indifference is never the answer to the suffering of others and their loss of human rights.”