By Art Holliday
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) -
Saint Louis University law professor Isaak Dore calls the Syrian Civil war, which has left 100,000 dead and two million displaced, "a humanitarian catastrophe by any standard."
"Under the doctrine of human intervention," he said, "I think there's reason for the international community to mobilize action regardless of whether chemical weapons were used."
Dore is a globally-recognized scholar on international law. He's closely watching developments in Syria, Russia and the U.S. Before coming to the SLU School of Law in 1982, Dore served in the United Nations as a human rights officer and a special consultant to the U-N Division of Human Rights.
He says the debate on Capitol Hill about U.S. military action against Syria might eventually result in the international coalition that so far is lacking. On Wednesday, Russian president Vladimir Putin said that Russia might support a U.N resolution on military strikes if it is proven that Syria used poison gas on its own people.
"President Putin of Russia suggested that if there was definitive proof that the Assad regime had used chemical weapons they might not oppose the use of some form of action by the Security Council," he said. "It is possible that the United States might wait for its own congressional approval to come through and hope that the United Nations inspectors will provide the kind of proof that might satisfy Russia.
"Therefore the United States might feel that building an international coalition through the United Nations might have greater legitimacy."