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So Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons in an effort to remain in power. Or the rebels trying to unseat Assad have used chemical weapons in the hope the United States and others will think Assad used them, and intervene on their behalf. Or something.

In any event, humanitarian intervention – because tens of thousands of Syrian civilians are indisputably dead – has become politicized, and the fate of Syrian civilians has become an afterthought. At best.

Roberto De Vido writes cartoons and comics about politics, sports (and life) from a small fishing and farming village an hour southwest of Tokyo.

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“It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States.”

— Russian president Vladimir Putin, in an op-ed in The New York Times