The US is preparing to enter the Middle East conflict zone once again. This time, it is in Syria, where Washington claims that it has enough proof that the recent chemical attack on innocent civilians which killed nearly 1400 people was carried out by the forces of the Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad.
The US’s aggressive entry into the Middle East is expected to increase world crude prices. Already crude price is rising steadily despite global economic weakening. A Middle East conflict may escalate prices. The Russian President Putin has made intimidating statement against the US and UK on the Syrian issue. Russia as a major energy exporter may get considerable gain out of increased crude prices.
A UN enquiry team has just submitted its report on chemical weapon attack and reported that there is no proof for Assad’s involvement in the attack. Washingtoon on the other hand revealed that it has strong evidence that the attack was carried out by Assad’s forces. President Obama stated that the UN Security Council is incapable to act on the issue. Since the UN enquiry team is also returned, the US is expected to make early strikes on Assad’s forces.
The US’s strong stand on the use of chemical weapons is that once there is no action, other rogue players may also resorted to its use in future. “If we choose to live in the world where a thug and a murderer like Bashar al-Assad can gas thousands of his own people with impunity” it would embolden others, such as Iran, Hezbollah and North Korea” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has observed.