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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Monday, August 26, 2013

Obama morally obliged to step in

By using internationally outlawed chemical weapons, Syria has transgressed a moral boundary, making it necessary for the global community with the US at its head to intervene, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza writes: "One year ago Obama talked of a red line that would be crossed in such a case. If he remains passive now it will show that what the US president says doesn't need to be taken too seriously. This could have negative repercussions not only in Syria but also across the globe. If the international community fails to react now, it will infringe on a taboo and violate a principle that has been in effect since the First World War. Namely that there may be no recourse to chemical weapons. Obama, the leader of the world's biggest superpower and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is responsible for moral standards being upheld in war - whether he likes it or not."

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