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Which deaths require American intervention?

Even if Bashar Assad had used poison gas or a nerve agent, is such a death a privileged death? Which deaths, acute or chronic, are most privileged, most horrid: nuclear bomb, white phosphorous, anti-personnel mine, plastic shrapnel, depleted uranium, Agent Orange? Who decides? Why, during this civil war killing of at least 100,000 Syrians, did the United States earlier not decide to intervene?

It may be said that George Zimmerman’s murder of Trayvon Martin, under the cover of “self-defense” and “stand your ground,” is writ globally with President Obama’s hubris, his “red line,” his “stand your ground” against Syria.

At the very least, might not a U.S. attack on Syria put the lie to Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize – as if Libya had not already done so?

Gene Grabiner

Buffalo