September 23, 2013
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On Aug. 21, 2013 the Syrian government of Bashar-al Assad was alleged to have used chemical weapons against its own people when it launched rocket and artillery attacks on the strongholds of rebels fighting to topple his regime in the suburbs of Damascus. These attacks resulted in the deaths of more than 1,400 Syrians, including children and women. The video footages told a gory story that was seen around the world. Having crossed the “red line” articulated by President Obama, some Americans saw this as an opportunity for the United States to enter the civil war in Syria.