Syria's Bashar Assad's immoral use of chemical weapons

America is on standby.

Not as in Tammy Wynette's "Stand By your Man." Or as in Rob Reiner's excellent coming-of-age movie, "Stand By Me."

Not as in "flying standby." Or, "Please stand by, we'll have our technical problems fixed in a moment."

Bashar Assad

Bashar Assad

No, America has become more like the dozens of neighbors of Kitty Genovese, who in 1964 stood by and did nothing despite her screams as she was stabbed to death near her Queens home.


As the United States has stood by for more than two years as the bloodthirsty Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has killed tens of thousands of his own people, evidently culminating last week in a gas attack that killed dozens of men, women and children and injured hundreds more. Smartphone videos of the dead or of those in agonized death throes dashed across the Internet to horrify the world.

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  • What do you propose we do? Boots on the ground?

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    In a sudden fit of humility, I don't know--as I indicated.

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