It would be truly ironic if we went to war in Syria due to their use of chemical weapons against their own people, after that cassus belli was mocked, ridiculed, and otherwise ignored by so many leftists during George W Bush’s administration. And it would be doubly ironic as this war, unlike the War in Iraq, faces nearly universal and bipartisan opposition for various reasons, not least because the lackluster results in Iraq and because the “good guys” are Hamas/al Qaeda extremists whose goal is to mass murder and tyrannize over Christians, Alawaites, Shias, and others. In other words, there are no obvious good guys here. I should add, here much stronger powers of Russia and China, not France, are in opposition.
There appears some evidence someone over there used chemical weapons. Who, under what authority, and the like are totally unclear at this point. We do know the Free Syrian Army has massacred civilians, though, and we do know that they are aligned with al Qaeda jihadist movements. So why then do we not dismiss this as “blue on blue” type fighting, the moral equivalent of the Iran-Iraq War, and therefore something we should just stay out of.
The reason is the moronic “duty to protect” doctrine, based on the false premise that we can get involved in a war without taking sides and also that every war is our business. It’s the apotheosis of stupidity, and it’s the brainchild of Obama’s UN ambassador, Samantha Power.