This is new.
The White House now has a website dedicated to hosting the propaganda related to the need to attack Syria.
Because Buzzfeed was busy with 15 Things That Escalated Quickly:
The page, entitled “Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria,” begins with an excerpt from Obama’s Sept. 1 speech in which he called for the limited strikes. The page, which also includes a map of the country, is part of the Whitehouse.gov website.
“Our intelligence shows the Assad regime and its forces preparing to use chemical weapons, launching rockets in the highly populated suburbs of Damascus, and acknowledging that a chemical weapons attack took place,” Obama says in the excerpt. “And all of this corroborates what the world can plainly see: hospitals overflowing with victims; terrible images of the dead.
“All told, well over 1,000 people were murdered,” the excerpt continues. “Several hundred of them were children — young girls and boys gassed to death by their own government.”
That is indeed horrific.
But how is it more horrific than the 110,000 bodies that were already piled up?
I don’t mean to sound callous. It’s a valid question.
Why is dying by sarin gas grounds for getting involved, but sexually assaulting children and then killing them isn’t?
The report quotes a witness to an attack on the village of Ayn l’Arouz in Idlib province on 9 March 2012 in which several dozen boys and girls between the ages of eight and 13 were forcibly taken from their homes and “used by soldiers and militia members as human shields, placing them in front of the windows of buses carrying military personnel into the raid on the village”. The UN said it had collected dozens of witness accounts from children as young as 14 who were tortured in detention, as well as from former members of the Syrian military who were forced to witness or carry out acts of torture, the report says.
Most child victims of torture described being beaten, blindfolded, subjected to stress positions, whipped with heavy electrical cables, scarred by cigarette burns and in one case subjected to electrical shock to the genitals, the report says. One witness reported seeing a boy about 15 years old die as a result of repeated beatings.
Someone explain to me why it’s ok to sit back and let this happen, but now that gas has been used, they’ve gone too far.