August 29, 2013
Is Iran the Real Target?
The chemical warfare perpetrated on innocent civilians in Syria by the Assad regime has produced at least two obvious effects. First, the attacks have instigated horrified outrage on the part of all civilized nations. There is something different about chemical weapons, even though rifles and missiles kill people just as surely as gassing does. There is something about watching soldiers, children, and infants gasping and struggling for air that reaches the most hardened hearts -- a special horror well captured in Wilfred Owen's WWI poem, "Dulce et Decorum Est." That unique horror is why all civilized nations have banned the use of chemical weapons. Second, and more importantly, the attacks have proved Syria has in fact used chemical weapons against its own citizens, thus providing the "red line"" the Obama administration needed for intervention in Syria. In response, the administration has moved military equipment into place near Syria in preparation for a retaliatory strike...(Read Full Post)