According to inter­na­tional ter­rorism expert Max Abrahms, the mil­i­tary inter­ven­tion “will be a restrained response by the West.”

It’s in order to pre­serve the inter­na­tional taboo over using WMDs.”

The United Nations envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, said Wednesday that evi­dence of a “sub­stance” that may have killed more than 1,000 people was found. The announce­ment comes as the United States pre­pares a clas­si­fied intel­li­gence report for cer­tain mem­bers on Con­gress, laying out the case against Assad. An unclas­si­fied ver­sion is to be made public.

It is a very strong nor­ma­tive case for inter­ven­tion that is hard to over­look,” said Abrahms, assis­tant pro­fessor of public policy at North­eastern University.

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