U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Syria's alleged use of a chemical weapon against its own people a "moral obscenity." They are the strongest words against Syria to date from the White House.
UN inspectors are still searching the area of the apparent attack for evidence. Activists said up to 1,000 people were killed.
The U.S. and its allies are discussing possible options for a response which could include military action. It is not an easy decision for the U.S. to retaliate, and a response could have a negative impact on an already fragile relationship with the Middle East.
abc27 spoke to Jeffrey Robbins, a scholar at Lebanon Valley College who is keeping a close eye on the situation in Syria.
Robbins said that if it is proven that the Syrian government is responsible for the chemical weapons attack, it is a direct violation of international law, and something will have to be done about it.
However, Robbins said UN action is not likely because of Russian support for Syria. Therefore Robbins said the U.S. will likely take up the responsibility. If that happens, Robbins said it will only create more anti-American sentiment among Islamic nations.
"There are no easy solutions, and there's probably no good solutions," Robbins said. "This is not gonna be resolved peacefully. The question is whether America has the moral and military leverage to really make a difference."
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