Obama, Canada PM agree Syria chemical weapon use merits firm response

OTTAWA Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:28pm EDT

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OTTAWA (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Tuesday agreed that the use of chemical weapons in Syria merited a firm, effective and timely response from the international community, a spokesman for Harper said.

The two leaders talked amid mounting signs that Washington and its allies are edging toward a limited use of force against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's loyalists in the wake of a poison gas attack last week that killed hundreds of civilians.

"Both leaders agreed that significant use of chemical weapons merits a firm response from the international community in an effective and timely manner," Harper spokesman Andrew MacDougall said in a statement.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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It’s odd that the world sees chemical weapons as the “red line”. Kill 100,000 people with conventional weapons, and that’s fine. Kill 10 people with chemical weapons, and YOU’VE GONE TOO FAR.

Not that I’m advocating US military action; I’m just pointing out the absurdity of what is deemed “acceptable”.

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