Its a good point Earle, but I saw today on CNN that John Kerry and Barack Obama say the US has proof Syria used sarin gas against its citizens. You can read the article here: http://bit.ly/19a0CXf.
War is hell but chemical weapons take it to a whole different level because they kill indiscriminately. Like Hitler's concentration camps, using chemical weapons is an act of pure evil. Assad will pay for what he has done. I'm just sorry its taken the US this long to take action.
However, I do understand the bigger picture in that a US strike against Syria may be interpreted as an act of war by Russia as well, triggering the beginning of a much larger conflict. I'm sure this is the reason why the US has been hesitant to this point, unlike Libya.
Russia is also probably the reason why NATO has not been mentioned as an option. Now that Poland is a member of NATO, any interaction by NATO in Syria or against any other Russian ally, would give Russia reason to invade Poland, as they have at different times throughout history. Most of Poland is flat and therefore difficult to defend. Russia and Germany (Prussia) have occupied Poland at various times in order to create a buffer around their countries and exploit Poland's resources.
But, enough is enough. We, who believe in freedom for all people can not stand by and watch innocent people be murdered by an individual whose only objective is to maintain his ill-gained power at all cost. Russia knows this. They overthrew their own King (Czar) in 1919. The fact that Russia has allowed chemical weapons to be used in Syria only proves that they have not progressed very far since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990.
Its time the West took action to free the Syrian people from this tyrant.