As evidence suggests the Assad regime has used chemical weapons against Syrian civilians, Western leaders are standing shoulder-to-shoulder to insist he slaughter his people using conventional weaponry.
As the uprising unfolded in Syria, the only countries ever to have used a nuclear weapon in warfare insisted that the use of chemical weapons by Assad would be a "red line" - the crossing of which would be unacceptable.
Foreign Secretary William Hague said "I have spoken to the people of Syria. They have no choice, but if they did, they would choose to be sliced to ribbons by shrapnel, shot by snipers or indiscriminately bombed from an unmanned drone.
"Put simply, chemical weapons are evil. They can liquefy your organs from the inside out, disrupt the nervous system, even cause your eyeballs to burst in your sockets. Are these really the weapons we want used on our grandchildren in years to come?"
But not everyone has been convinced by the evidence. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov added that he found it "inconceivable" Assad would resort to the use of chemical weapons. "This would be completely unnecessary" he said. "We've sent Assad literally thousands of guns, tanks, planes, bombs and bullets; all of which should happily decimate his people with a minimum of international fuss. But of course, if he has used them all already we are happy to send more".
One man with more experience in this area than most is Middle East Peace Envoy and former Prime Minister, Tony Blair. When asked if he believed the events in the Middle East constituted War Crimes which the world could not simply ignore, Blair said "War Crimes? I don't know anything at all about War Crimes.
"Now what did we say my fee was for this interview?"