“We call upon Russia and Iran, yet again, to exercise their influence over the Syrian regime and to guarantee that this sort of horrific attack never happens again.”
I’ve seen the pictures. I’ve listened to the doctors. I’ve heard the analysts. The first question I have to answer is, “What can I do to help?” Unfortunately, the answer is far from simple. Likewise, the role the United States should play, if any, in the Syrian conflict is complex, to say the least. When is enough enough to wade into the civil war of another country? Then, again, one could argue it’s a bit too late for that analysis considering.
The United States can continue to stand with its mouth hanging open at the depraved indifference to human life–the lives of infants, children, and civilian men and women who happened to live in the wrong city at the wrong time. Or it can act in response to a horrific attack by the Syrian government against its own citizens, announcing to the world that human lives–and rights–matter.