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  •  When has the use of chemicals been met with force (7+ / 0-)

    of any kind, other than by the opposing combatant?   The elephant in the room here is the Iran/Iraq war -- which the politicians are well aware of.   He called the Syrian attack "one of" the worst in the last 100 years which is a ludicrous claim since 100,000 Iranians were victims of Iraq's gas attacks.    

    (I recall the coverage at the time and the outrage was directed towards the Iranians who should have known that their use of "human wave" infantry attacks would make Iraq's use of gas necessary.)

    International law is not law if it is not applied consistently.    This is especially true since the alleged use of gas by the rebels has not been met with the same kind of calls for an instant response.  

    We all know that the west is being cynical here, they all know it, so why do we even bother pretending?   Who do we think we are fooling?

    •  How many more Iran/Iraq War chem attack (1+ / 0-)
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      would you like to see?

      The law is a tool for improving the lives of people. Your desire for consistency would lead to stand idly by while chemical warfare becomes more and more common, just for the sake of consistency?

      It was wrong to stand idly by when Saddam used chemical warfare. We should not compound that error.

      The "alleged" use of gas by the rebels hasn't been met with a response because there isn't the slightest evidence that it ever happened. Facts matter, don't they?

      "We" know no such thing about "the West" being cynical here. Neither John Kerry nor Barack Obama worked in the Reagan administration.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 08:25:46 AM PDT

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