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Assad is the problem—intelligent intervention could help remove him

On Thursday, Sameer Rahim argued that there is a difference between stepping in to start a war and stepping in to end one

By Sameer Rahim  

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visiting Ghouta with regime forces. Photo: SalamPix/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

The latest chemical attack on Douma by Bashar al-Assad’s regime has aroused strong emotions. Though the Syrian dictator has attacked his own people with impunity since 2011, there is something especially horrifying about these outlawed weapons. I shall never forget a Syrian woman telling me about her two sons who were killed in the 2013 Sarin attack in Ghouta. At the time, Ghouta seemed to have breached Barack Obama’s famous red line but in the end, as we…

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