AND THE REALITY CHECK
The aforementioned attack on Syria may persuade President Bashar al-Assad to be more cautious, but will not deter him and his allies from pressing “a full-throttle military campaign” to counter the rebels, write Tom Perry and Laila Bassam, both Reuters correspondents in the Middle East.
“Assad now knows there is a red line with regard to the use of chemical weapons. But I think he also probably just sees it as a slap on the wrist,” David Lesch, professor of Middle East history at Trinity University, told the news service. “Assad has to recalibrate but not fundamentally change his military approach that they’ve been engaging in since the Russian intervention. I really believe they are not feeling too bad today, if this is the extent of what the U.S. is going to do.”