Richard Engel: Lack of Action Now From the U.S. Will Embolden Assad (Video)

'Assad will think he survived and will go on the attack once again'

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"We spoke to rebels. They say if nothing is done, or something so minor is done that it has no affect, that a couple cruise missile strikes against empty buildings and the war continues, pretty much unchanged from this moment forward, that Bashar al Assad will think he survived it, got away with it, and free to do this kind of attack again.

Going back to what we said initially, this is the first or appears to be the first more or less confirmed case of chemical weapons being used against civilians on a massive scale in decades and if he gets away with it, that would certainly be harmful for American opinion or the opinion of Americans in Syria and potentially globally as well"