1. Chemical weapons are worse than other weapons.
is not the case. Death and dismemberment are horrific regardless of the
weapon. No weapon is being used legally, morally, humanely, or
practically in Syria or Iraq. U.S. bombs are no less indiscriminate, no
less immoral, and no less illegal than chemical weapons — or for that
matter than the depleted uranium weapons with which the United States
has been poisoning the area. The fact that a weapon has not been banned
does not create a legal right to go into a country and kill people with
2. Chemical weapons use justifies the escalated use of other weapons.
shoplifting justify looting? If a Hatfield poisoned a McCoy, would
another McCoy be justified in shooting a bunch of Hatfields? What
barbarism is this? A crime does not sanction another crime. That’s a
quick trip to hell.
3. Important people we should trust know who used chemical weapons.
they do not. At least they do not know that the Syrian government did
it. If they knew this, they would offer evidence. As on every past
occasion, they have not done so.
4. The enemy is pure evil and will answer only to force.
U.S. government and its proxies have sabotaged peace negotiations
numerous times over the past several years, maintaining that Assad would
have to step down or — preferably — be overthrown by violence before
anything could be negotiated. This does not make the U.S. government
pure inhuman evil, much less does it make the Syrian government that.