We have to accept that Assad and Putin have won the war in Syria already, according to a chemical weapons expert.
A suspected chemical attack in Syria has left at least 70 people dead, and an airstrike has hit an airbase in the country, killing more than 10 people, with Syria and Russia blaming Israel.
Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a chemical weapons expert and former British Army officer, told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "I think we have to accept Assad and Putin have won the war in Syria sadly and I think a lot of Syrians accept that.
"Some of the reason we have seen the deadly nerve agent novichok used on the streets of Salisbury is because we’ve done nothing.
"I’m sure Putin is wondering what all the fuss is about, why are we being fussed about a bit of chemical being used in London when it’s used all the time in Syria and children die all the time.
"I know what non-intervention looks like - half a million dead, a million injured, five million refugees, 11 million internally misplaced people.
"That’s what non-intervention looks like and if we’re prepared to every now and again see 50 or 60 babies dead on our screens then fine we can sit back."
But, he added, “at some stage you have to take a stand. Military action is always absolutely the last resort but we are getting to last resort territory."
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