I have written extensively (such as this article) about the fact that the Obama administration could and should have ended the civil war by intervening in Syria to enforce their own chemical weapons “red line”. Obama’s failure to deliver on that very reasonable threat has done untold damage to Syria, to its people, but also to America’s ability to project power and promote its interests around the world.
If tyrants like Assad can now deploy chemical weapons against civilians with impunity, any pretense that international law is still in force has to be abandoned. This attack is a war crime, and nobody is queuing up to respond to itDr. Azeem Ibrahim