*Update: Aug. 29, 2:40 p.m.
As the war drums continue to beat in the White House, both allies and foes are stepping back.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov, has been warning Putin daily about the risk of an escalating confrontation. A deputy prime minister in Russia said the West dealt with the Islamic world like “a monkey with a grenade.” Referring to both former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. And from the point of views of many around the world and here in the US, it’s hard to disagree.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin hasn’t said anything regarding the statement made by his Foreign Minister yesterday, hopefully it’s a sign that Putin is rethinking his threat of an escalation.
In Great Britain today, Prime Minister David Cameron called an emergency meeting of Parliament where he made his case for a military response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons and had hoped to have a vote for an approval of military actions. But there was no vote today, they will wait until the U.N. inspectors in Syria finish their investigation on the use of chemical weapons which will end on Saturday, August 30.
As of this writing there is a closed door meeting taking place in the U.N. with the Security Council as the U.S and the U.K. make a case for war. Any vote by the Security Council which is also waiting to hear the final report from the U.N. inspectors, will most certainly receive a vote of no from both Russia and China, as both nations are against any military intervention.
President Obama now seems ready to wait until the U.N. inspectors have finished as he too has receiveed push back from those in the Democratic Party and from the Republican Party. Each for different reasons. President Obama will be briefing members of congress this evening at 6 pm. EST.
The Republicans and many Democrats want the President to first receive approval from Congress. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) sent President Obama a letter asking him to respond to 14 questions within the letter. Read the entire letter here.
“The speaker made clear that before any action is taken, there must be meaningful consultation with members of Congress, as well as clearly defined objectives and a broader strategy to achieve stability,” Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said in a statement.
Iran announced that any attack on Syria would lead to an attack on Israel by Iran, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas on the Gaza strip. In the meantime Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, his family and some of his commanders, fled to Iran yesterday.
Israel has call up its reserves and are mobilizing for a potential attack. The Israeli citizens are receiving their gas masks.
For the moment cooler heads seem to be prevailing, President Obama said today that he has received several new options, let’s hope that one of those options includes no military response.
Update: Aug. 29, 2:40 p.m.
Breaking: British Parliament votes against military action in Syria.
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