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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 is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).

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