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The Economist - United Kingdom | Saturday, August 24, 2013

US's credibility at stake

A year ago US President Barack Obama warned that the US would intervene in Syria if chemical weapons were used there. He must keep his word, the liberal business magazine The Economist demands: "America's credibility depends on intervening. Mr Obama made no response to a previous claim of chemical-weapons use. It seems likely that Mr Assad was testing the water to see if he could get away with a bigger one. If he is allowed to, nobody will take American threats seriously, at least while Mr Obama is president. Why should Iran or North Korea, for instance, listen to him hector them about their nuclear weapons programmes? ... This paper believes that America is generally a force for good in the world. If Mr Obama does not keep his promises, it will no longer be much of a force at all."

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