Friday, August 22, 2014

Not enough of a minority

The one year anniversary of the Assad regime chemical weapons attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta has passed with little notice. While there was an understandable concern about the unknowability of the consequences of a western military coalition strike on Damascus in response to the red line being crossed, given that tens of thousands of Syrian people have died in the last year and that the one rebel group being ignored by the Assads has taken over northwestern Iraq, those would have had to be pretty bad consequences to be worse than the actual choice of doing nothing. Of course there was that great disarmament deal brokered by Russia, which seems to have decided to observe the anniversary by invading more of Ukraine. Heckuva job all round.