David Adams: Even after chemical attack the world continues to turn a blind eye to Syria
FOR the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria to launch a chemical attack on innocent civilians while UN inspectors were visiting the country was either an act of supreme confidence or of blind stupidity.
Or perhaps the cold calculation was that no one would believe the regime could be so brazen. Although the last proposition would suggest that al-Assad and his cohorts give a damn about what anyone else thinks, and this self-evidently isn’t the case.
Far from being cowed by Obama’s threat of military action, members of the Syrian government have been publicly sneering at the US president’s decision to consult Congress before acting, rightly interpreting this as a lack of resolve.