Here’s hoping this isn’t as inevitable as it’s beginning to seem:
Chinese state media have accused US President Barack Obama of planning to use Syria’s chemical weapons as an excuse for intervening militarily.
The state news agency, Xinhua, was responding to a warning from Mr Obama that Syria would be crossing a “red line” if it tried to use such weapons.
“Once again, Western powers are digging deep for excuses to intervene militarily,” it said.
China and Russia have blocked attempts to impose UN sanctions on Syria.