Regions / Syria
Too many states, large and small, see themselves as having a vested interest in Syria's outcome.
Syria has become the weak leg of its tripod with Iran and Hezbollah.
The United States is in no position to take leadership in response to any use of such weaponry by Syria
President Obama called their use a "game changer."
Establishing a pro-Western government in Damascus and inflicting damage on Iran is an illusion.
The Syrian government and the opposition trade accusations about using chemical weapons and propagandizing the attacks.
Unless a tactical shift in the balance of power occurs, it is unlikely that either the regime or the rebels will gain control of Syria's entire territory.
Saudi Arabia is a dubious choice to team with to promote democracy in Syria.
While the official narrative of the Obama administration is sceptical of arming militant groups in Syria, divisions within the administration leave the door open for any number of policies toward the country.
There is no evidence that Israel's attack on Syria was designed to, as claimed, prevent the transfer of anti-aircraft missiles to Hezbollah.