Sept. 5 (Bloomberg) -- The United Nations estimates that
more than 100,000 Syrians have died since the country’s civil
war began in March 2011. More die every day. But the U.S. is not
considering military action to save them.
The strikes that the Barack Obama administration favors,
and that Congress is now debating, have a more limited purpose:
to ensure that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad uses conventional
weapons to massacre his people rather than the chemical variety
that recently killed 1,400 in the suburbs of Damascus. The hope
is that U.S. intervention will encourage future tyrants to kill
by firepower rather than by sarin.