So there may or may not have been chemicals deployed against civilians in Douma. And if there was, it may have been done by Tom, Dick, Joe or Harry. Each of us is informed by our own logic, reasoning and sources of information on that one.
But here’s the thing.
Douma is now in the hands of the Syrian government. The last terrorists/rebels/insurgents (you choose which) bused out to Idlib province. The Syrian government has invited the OPCW to inspect the site of the alleged chemical deployment.
And yet all we’re getting is talk of war (because the Syrian population really needs more war) and the US vetoing the Russians vetoing the US at the UN Security Council over the head of it all.
Why not send in inspectors from whichever internationally recognised organisation? Then, on the base of solid evidence (if any such exists) propose or take a next step.
I just wish people who wield immense power; who can consign thousands and thousands of people to misery and death with some half absent gesture or pen stroke would grow the fuck up, and stop cock-a-doodle-dooing all over the show. It’s tiresome. And it’s dangerous.
People in Syria are just like you and just like me. They don’t need their lives (and deaths) dictated by crazees and clowns. What they need is for all the boys with their toys to go back where they came from. What they need is a little space in which to breathe.
Can we do anything that might help give them that? Or is the sum total of us nothing much more than that of clucking hens rushing dutifully towards some big roosters latest screeching and ground scratching?
Sometimes I wonder.