Poison gas

Reports from Syria mention that president Assad has given orders to use poison gas against the opposition. Bad news for the victims. Good news for the opposition: the US government has indicated that this method will be punished by American intervention. Is this what Assad eventually wants? Being ousted by a super power rather than by his own people? Save face where there is nothing to be saved? The rationale of civil war is difficult to analyse. But the perversity of those in power becomes crystal clear: I am lost, but please let me be caught by a democratic power rather than by the people. They will kill me. Now I may end up in The Hague, in front of the International Criminal Court. And, let’s be honest, who is affraid of The Hague?

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