Tuesday, May 07, 2013

the fuzzy red line

assad's regime used chemical weapons! the regime denies it of course. but wait, the rebels used them too! or maybe they didn't. who the fuck knows?

it's becoming pretty clear that chemical weapons use is not a very clear red line. in a convoluted war like the syrian civil war, i don't see how you can ever get past chain of custody issues. and each side has plenty of incentive to make it look like the other side did it. if you're looking for a clear trip wire for some policy change, this isn't a good one to use.