In August 2012, towards the end of his first term in office, president Obama drew a ‘red line in the sand’ indicating that, if Assad used chemical weapons, it would warrant U.S. military action.
In August 2013, a year later, Syrian military attacked rebel-controlled areas of the Damascus suburbs with chemical weapons.
When asked for authorization by then-president Obama, Congress and the American people proved strongly opposed to the use of force and no military action was taken.
Fast forward four years to the present: This past Tuesday another chemical attack against civilians, many of them children, occurred. Activists said the Syrian regime was responsible for the attack while president Assad denied using chemical weapons.
Voices in the street asked your friends and neighbors in 2013 whether the use of chemical weapons would warrant military intervention. As you listen to their opinions you may ask yourself whether things have changed since 2013.