By Tim Lister
Why does the use of chemical weapons justify international retribution with military force, in a way that two years of brutal repression with tanks and planes does not? And where in international law is the legal "cover" for such action?
If the Obama administration is planning for limited military strikes against Syria to hold the regime "accountable" - in the words of senior officials - for using chemical weapons, it is probably drafting some answers to those questions.
The president put it like this in his CNN interview last week: "If the U.S. goes in and attacks another country without a U.N. mandate and without clear evidence that can be presented, then there are questions in terms of whether international law supports it, do we have the coalition to make it work?"FULL STORY