On Monday, the United States Government announced it was imposing sanctions on 271 employees of the Syrian Government’s┬áScientific Studies and Research Center in the wake of the Sarin attack on civilians. This is the Syrian government agency that produces chemical weapons, and the sanctions blacklist the individuals from travel and financial transactions. The sanctions are meant as both a punishment to those involved in the chemical attack, and as a deterrent to any future attacks.

The U.S. Government is taking a stick approach to deter the Syrian government from carrying out future chemical attacks. While this will likely affect those sanctioned, it is unlikely to deter Assad. It does show that the United States is taking a stand against the Syrian government’s actions, however, it criticized as an action that should have come before the military action that was taken.