Vladimir Putin has warned the US about strikes against Syria. Earlier in the week, Putin challenged Obama to show his proof that Assad ordered the attack, which is customary in these cases. Obama has not done that. Russia argues that a chemical attack would benefit the rebels and not the Syrian regime. Russia has previously pointed out that action without the UN Security Support, would be an illegal war.
Several quotes given by Putin to the press in Vladivostok, outlines his position on the Syrian situation.
“Syrian government troops are on the offensive and have surrounded the opposition in several regions.”
“In these conditions, to give a trump card to those who are calling for a military intervention is utter nonsense.”
“So I’m convinced that is nothing more than a provocation by those who want to drag other countries into the Syrian conflict.”
“If there is evidence it should be shown. If it is not shown, then there isn’t any.”
The summary put out by the Obama administration included claims that the attack killed 1,429 people and among those killed, were 426 children. That contradicts “Doctors Without Borders”, who operate the hospitals in Syria where the victims were treated. DWB reported a total of 355 deaths from the attack. The rebels made up mostly of Al Qaeda fighters have said over 1,400 were killed, but that number is not verified.
On the day of the incident, Red Statements, a conservative blog, cast doubt on the fact that Syria was a work of Assad, although it didn’t rule out the possibility. The article cites several facts, which indicate that the rebels, not the Syrian government would have an incentive to launch the attack. The article is based on speculation and offers no hard facts.
In the congress, support for an attack against Syria and the group opposed, both have bipartisan support, while most polls show that American citizens oppose an attack. This issue seems to be a greased football for both sides. There are also questions on the veracity of the White House announcement, based on previously untrue statements on the IRS and Benghazi scandals.
Meanwhile, the British Parliament voted against military action for the first time since 1782, during the American Revolution. Putin said that he was surprised by the vote, while in France, popular opinion is heavily against intervention. This would appear to make it more likely that the US would have to act alone. However, the French president could authorize an attack without the approval of their Parliament.