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France Calling for Use of Force in Syria

But Russia and Iran have rejected the claims that Assad had deployed chemical weapons, saying the rebels are responsible.
French foreign minister Laurent Fabius with staff.

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius with staff.

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius told BFM-TV today that “if it is proven, France’s position is that there must be a reaction, a reaction that could take the form of a reaction with force.”

He added that “there are possibilities for responding,” but refused to elaborate. He did state that if the UN Security Council could not make a decision, one would have to be taken “in other ways.”

Syrian government officials said the claims of an army chemical weapons attack on its own civilians were “totally false” and the news outlets reporting those claims were “implicated in the shedding of Syrian blood and support terrorism.”

Turkey’s deputy prime minister has said only the Syrian government is in possession of the type of chemical weapons the opposition claims were used in the attack. Turkey’s foreign minister said “all red lines” have been crossed by the Assad regime.

But Iran has rejected the claims that its ally, President Bashar Assad, had deployed chemical weapons, saying the rebels would be responsible, if such an attack had really taken place.

“If the information concerning the use of chemical weapons is accurate, very definitely they were used by terrorist groups… who have shown they will not hold back from committing any crime,” Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said to the IRNA news, referring to the rebels.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague urged international supporters of the Syrian regime to “wake up to … its murderous and barbaric nature” ahead of the UN meeting, Sky News reported.

But Russia, the traditional supporter of the Assad regime, suggested the attack could be a “premeditated provocation” by opposition forces.

Officials from Russia and China are reported to have blocked a stronger press statement supported by Britain, France, the US and others, Sky News reported.

Earlier, Mr Hague said that if verified, the attack “would mark a shocking escalation in the use of chemical weapons in Syria”.

He added: “Those who order the use of chemical weapons, and those who use them, should be in no doubt that we will work in every way we can to hold them to account.”

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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24 Responses to “France Calling for Use of Force in Syria”

  1. Louis Gavin says:

    How long before Israel is blamed for supplying the chemical weapons?

  2. You can't base what has been going on in Syria from countries like Iran, China, Russia, and Turkey. They all have their own agendas. Although I am far from a supporter of Syria, what has been going on there needs to be stopped, Surprisingly, there has been little response from the international community. Nor has the United Nations human rights counsel, the same one that levies every human rights violation they can think of against Israel, has had a call to arms. There is a good chance chemical weapons have been used. I don't know if it was propaganda but yesterday I saw a picture of a small child being given oxygen. If this is what has what has been actually going on, something should be done about it. At the very least a no fly zone should be implemented. It's interesting that Obama will get involved in Egypt to have Mubarak ousted but sits idly by while carnage takes place in Syria. Perhaps something to be thought about is if we could get rid of Assad, we can potentially turn a hostile state into a more reform minded one. This would isolate Iran from having a steadfast ally and be one less threat against Israel. I don't know if this would work but it's something to think about. Iraq, which was never an ally of Iran but was still run by a lunatic who actually had France and Italy build a nuclear facility in return for cheap oil was eventually taken down and now that countries dream of using nuclear weapons against Israel have been dashed. If the world actually wants a more stable middle east as much as they say they do, this could be a way to do it.

  3. Benjamin Fox says:

    What country was the last to defeat France? Sorry, missed the flag on the last tank leaving Paris.

  4. Alan Kardon says:

    You can't defend your own country so why are you giving advice?

  5. France ha, ha, ha, it hurts the bad conscience they have.

  6. LibertyLynx says:

    EmptyCircle Yes. And they took action in Mali on their own. That was something.

  7. EmptyCircle says:

    LibertyLynx France & Britain only big European hawks right now. Germany content with selling arms & reaping political benefits of hawk acts

  8. EmptyCircle says:

    LibertyLynx Pathetic punditry like this is pretty common: http://t.co/zkehKBqxZl Germans happy with Russia & U.S. squabbling over Syria.

  9. LibertyLynx says:

    EmptyCircle How quickly they forget how much defense has been provided to them free of charge. Russia not their friend. Never will be.

  10. EmptyCircle says:

    LibertyLynx It’s my understanding that nobody in Germany particularly likes either Russian or U.S. foreign policies…

  11. EmptyCircle says:

    LibertyLynx … and also ever since Iraq 2003, non-intervention has been a pretty popular and safe stance (domestically speaking).

  12. LibertyLynx says:

    EmptyCircle How convenient for them. It’s not like they ever started any World Wars or anything.

  13. EmptyCircle says:

    LibertyLynx Germans often feel as if that makes them perfectly suitable to lecture OTHERS about those dangers.

  14. EmptyCircle says:

    LibertyLynx “As inheritors of this historical responsibility, we feel it imperative to compare Israel with Nazi Germany”, for instance.

  15. LibertyLynx says:

    EmptyCircle I know. They also forget we have not been “occupying” Germany with our bases. We provided a service to them. Just say TY.

  16. LibertyLynx says:

    EmptyCircle That is just a sick comparison & yes, I hear it often. It relieves them of guilt. But deep down, they know it’s no comparison.

  17. LibertyLynx says:

    EmptyCircle Anti-semitism is alive and well in Germany. It’s very much alive at Der Spiegel. It’s very disturbing.

  18. LibertyLynx says:

    EmptyCircle But I still like Germany. I think Merkel is fair. I think they have a huge financial burden to carry w/in the EU.

  19. LibertyLynx says:

    EmptyCircle And most Germans are reasonable. Like us, they have their fringe trying to gain control via outrage.

  20. EmptyCircle says:

    LibertyLynx Was kinda depressing to see Augstein’s critics get sidelined.

  21. hg0711 says:

    LibertyLynx EmptyCircle damn I luv smart strong women

  22. Scott Martin says:

    You cannot base ANYTHING off of what Britian says.. They claimed those trucks had "chemicals".. Then come to find out those trucks were BUILT IN BRITIAN and carried gas used to inflate balloons. And any half wit can go on YouTube and find the video of a syrian REBEL chopping away at a mans neck with a machete until his head came off.. WHILE HE WAS ALIVE!!.. And you sick pukes BELIEVE THE LIES ABOUT ASSAD.. SHAME ON YOU FOR NOT KNOWING THE MAIDSTREAM MEDIA IS CONTROLLED BY ZIONISTS HELL BENT ON GLOBAL DOMINATION VIA. MONEY.. That's right.. Syria is one of the last countries not to have a central banking system run by the same cabel that runs the 'Federal Reserve' (A private bank).. And 17TRILLION IN DEBT..and they just keep printing money putting future generations in debt to them.. taxing our lives.. TAKING OUR TIME AWAY.. Takes time to make that money now doesn't it.. WAKE THE HELL UP!! SYRIA/ASSAD, ARE THE GOOD GUYS.. THEY WONT BOW TO THEM.. AND WEE NEED TO GET RID OF THEM.. ISRAEL IS AN ABOMINATION.. do your homework!

  23. Scott Martin says:

    The chemicals have Saudi Arabia written on them.. Who controls them though.. same people that control THIS country.. Zionists .. And we are doing so wonderfully well now.. aren't we.

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