A deadly anachronism, gas weapons don’t work when it rains or the wind blows. They’re essentially useless in modern combat. Their appeal to a tyrant like Bashar al-Assad is as an indiscriminate means of genocide, exterminating defenseless civilians like insects. Not to mention farm animals, pets, birds — basically anything with a nervous system.
Historical memories of the horrors of gas barrages during World War I are particularly strong among the Russians and French. On this subject, there really is an international community.
This too: However indecisive President Obama appeared to Beltway cognoscenti, he treated the American people like adults and honored the Constitution.
“I put [the question] before Congress,” Obama explained, “because I could not honestly claim that the threat posed by Assad’s use of chemical weapons on innocent civilians and women and children posed an imminent, direct threat to the United States.”
Genuine democracy — what a concept.
Gene Lyons is a columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He can be reached at email@example.com.