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article imageOp-Ed: NATO will not sponsor Syria strike

By Ken Hanly     Aug 30, 2013 in Politics
There is little hope of Obama receiving UN sanction for any action against Syria. Now it is clear that he will not even be able to act through NATO.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen the secretary general of NATO told a Danish newspaper that he sees no NATO role in international reaction to the chemical weapons attack in Syria although he also said that the attack demanded an international response. He said that individual countries should decide whether to join in.
The British parliament defeated a motion that would support intervention. David Cameron, the Prime Minister was an avid supporter of the use of force. Now the UK will drop out of any coalition of the willing. Canada had also said that it saw no military role. Germany too indicated that it would not join in military action:
Germany said it is not considering joining military action. Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesperson said: "There has been no request to us for a military commitment, and a German military commitment has never been considered by the government,"
Reacting to the defeat of the motion of support in the UK parliament, Caitlin Hayden spokesperson for the US National Security Council said: :"We have seen the result of the Parliament vote in the UK tonight, As we've said, President Obama's decision-making will be guided by what is in the best interests of the United States. He believes that there are core interests at stake for the United States and that countries who violate international norms regarding chemical weapons need to be held accountable."
France, so far, remains committed to joining the US in a response. President Hollande is not required to obtain approval for action unless the action lasts a certain length of time. Obama, however, is facing increasing pressure to obtain congressional approval for any action. About sixty per cent of American disapprove of intervention and only 9 per cent approve. An NBC poll shows that nearly 80 per cent of Americans think that Obama should seek Congressional approval before he takes action in Syria. The US may still be able to count on the support of several other countries including Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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