The Syrians have been harboring chemical weapons, for some time, according to some accounts. While this is internationally condemned, there is no enforcement agent available to attend to the violation. That is the dilemma facing the Congress.
France says they will approach the United Nations with a resolution to, I presume, rectify and bring solution to the horror. But, why does France need to bring this action? Should not the UN initiate action against Syria?
The world needs to evaluate the value of the United Nations, as well as other organizations such as NATO, and the Arab League, and others.
If the United Nations is only a formal forum, the world needs to expect little from the UN. After all, we have ad hoc forums for all kinds of reasons.