Drums of war

Print edition : October 04, 2013

In the gardens of the United States Embassy in Paris on September 8, from left, Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki and Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, during Kerry's diplomatic offensive in Europe on September 8 to win support for military strikes in Syria. Photo: Demarthon/AFP

A video grab taken on September 8 and provided by "CBS This Morning", of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responding to a question in an interview in Damascus. Photo: AP

A protest against the U.S. intervention in Syria, on September 7 in Chicago. Photo: SCOTT OLSON/AFP

Free Syrian Army fighters at their headquarters in the old city of Aleppo on September 9. Photo: REUTERS

U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey arrive for a closed-door intelligence briefing with members of the House of Representatives on the situation in Syria, at Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C.. on September 9. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Barack Obama and his Secretary of State are trying to drum up support from allies and a reluctant American public for a war against Syria.
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