A distant echo of war drums can be heard coming from Washington, D.C., awaiting an intervention in Syria. There is "little doubt" by the administration that the "red line" was crossed when Bashar al Assad gassed his own people.
However, if we look at this situation logically, a large shadow of doubt is cast. The rebels have everything to gain from launching a chemical attack, while Assad has everything to lose. Assad and his government forces have been making many gains against the rebel fighters, only to cross the Western "red line" days after the United Nations chemical weapons inspectors arrive?
What is most revealing and has been missed by Western media is that the Syrian rebel group linked to al-Qaeda, al Nusra, was caught trying to use sarin gas in a foiled attack in Turkey on May 30. The Turkish newspaper Todays Zaman reported that seven al Nusra suspects were arrested with two kilograms of sarin gas and the bombs to disperse it. Therefore, Assad has every reason not to gas his own people, while the rebels have the means, capability, and motivation, while the war drum beat continues to grow louder from Washington.