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  •  Er, what if you are fighting a civil war? (0+ / 0-)

    You don't have to make your point by exaggerating an evil act.   Civil wars (and insurgencies) take place where the people are.    Initial reports of the attack claimed that it was preparation for the Syrian army to reclaim territory in East Ghouta, citing as evidence a buildup of tanks and thousands of troops.    This was used as evidence for why Assad would have used gas.

    Now we have changed it to "because he is a madman who felt like it" because that sells war better (obviously a madman might decide to attack anywhere, as opposed to a desperate military relying upon evil tactics to accomplish a rational goal.)

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