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De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Thursday, August 22, 2013

Use of toxic gas faces Obama with a dilemma

The possibility that nerve gas was used in Syria forces Obama to act, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant writes: "If it takes too long for the UN Security Council to reach a decision, Obama won't be able to keep using it as a pretext not to act. Already in the past, senators like John McCain have accused him of passivity. ... If it now becomes clear that Assad has once again transgressed the red line [set by Obama himself], then it will be difficult for Obama to avoid making good on his threat to use force. His own credibility, that of America's deterrence policy and of the American superpower are at stake. ... Obama knows that many Americans like himself don't want a military intervention in Syria. But he also knows that they don't want an America that's ignored internationally and that anyone can toy with as they please."

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