This is when I do not envy an politician - no matter what side of the political spectrum they might be on. The situation in Syria with its government using chemical weapons upon its own people is terrible. These people who are openly rebelling against the government. This chemical attack puts the civil war into a new and more terrifying perspective.
Our politicians try to remain neutral while this state tries to sort out its internal strife. Many do not like the Assad government regime, but they do not know if the rebels have extremist Islamic fractions among their number. There is a cautious view here, because one bad regime could be replaced with another, as far as many outside nations are concerned.
However, too many innocent Syrians - women and children are getting killed in the vicious campaign and now there is evidence that the government as upped the stakes to a new terrifying level. Chemical weapons are being used against the rebels. Some nations are trying to play this down, but I think most are in agreement.
The free world needs to help the civilians but is also worried they might be arming potential Jihadists who will continue an Islamic war against Western powers after the civil war in Syria is ended. They could be opening a new Pandora's box. Hence the need to tread carefully while innocence pays the horrific price. The US and other nations are now finally and, I think reluctantly, beginning to realise that they need to arm the rebels so that they may be able to defend themselves.
The choice is slipping away from all nations that watch. They could be damned if the help and damned if they don't.