In looking back at the time and energy spent dealing with Syria using chemical weapons, I am coming to the conclusion that we may have missed the boat. We began with threats of a physical attack, but these were not embraced by the international community. In hindsight, these attacks might have crippled some of Syria’s capabilities to kill and changed the course of the conflict, not to mention depriving Vladimir Putin of his center stage role as a “broker.”
We now have reports of 50-gallon drums filled with explosives and shrapnel being dropped at an overwhelming rate and killing innocent civilians and children. Death is death, and the Bashar Assad regime is doling it out at alarming rates. Our next steps in Syria need to address the loss of life, regardless of the means.