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Truthdig writers Sonali Kolhatkar and Max Blumenthal disagree with each other regarding key elements in the recent reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in Douma. This is Blumenthal's take on the issue.
The U.S., the U.K. and France launched the attack even though they had no solid evidence that the Assad regime had used chemical warfare. The allies' action was little more than a propaganda exercise.
Inspectors' lack of access to Douma has left unanswered questions about the April 7 attack that prompted a military response by the U.S. and two allies.
The leaders of Russia, Iran and the Hezbollah group in Lebanon say the Western attack has damaged prospects for a political settlement to the country's seven-year conflict.
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley indicates that the sanctions will be aimed at sending a message to Russia for enabling the government of Bashar Assad.
The president holds individual conversations with French and British leaders. The White House says the three nations agreed the assault on Syria was "successful and necessary to deter" the future use of chemical weapons.
The U.S., U.K. and France acted in the awareness that Russian and Syrian forces may already have tried to clean up important evidence in Douma, where dozens died in last weekend's attack.