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July 31, 2014 5:33 PM

Michael Gerson: Abandoning Syria to the whims of sadistic killers

After Syria — in which mass atrocities and war crimes are vast, systematic and continuing — the “responsibility to protect” seems utterly meaningless. President Obama embraced the narrowest possible definition of American interests in Syria — the elimination of chemical weapons — which has nothing to do with civilian atrocities by other means.

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