On Saturday, the international aid group Doctors without Borders said more than 3,000 people were hospitalized in Syria Wednesday with what it called “neuro-toxic” symptoms. About 355 of them died. Now both sides in the conflict are accusing each other of using chemical weapons to wage war.
Well aware of the power of video in the conflict, Syrian state TV broadcasted images Saturday of what the government claimed are chemical agents — discovered by their soldiers in tunnels used by rebel forces in Damascus.
PS: If we believe the rebels and intervene then it turns into boots on the ground within six months. We tried just airstrikes in Libya; gee, that worked out well, didn’t it?
PPS: If we believe the government and do not intervene then we have broadcast to the entire region that it’s open season on reform movements.
PPPS: If we wash our hands of the entire thing then get used to seeing scenes of gas attacks on your monitor screens; pretty soon they’ll be occurring on the average of once a week or so. All over the planet.
PPPPS: I had a better suggestion (“Have Barack Obama live up to George Bush’s natsec standards.”). That didn’t happen, and I don’t have a great Plan B. I was lucky to have a great Plan A.