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The call by 51 State Department officials for President Barack Obama to consider military strikes to slow down and complicate the human eradication campaign of Syria's Bashar Assad is stimulating the usual litany of objections and excuse-making. Just as the free ride for mass murder in the Balkans in the 1990s was successfully challenged by American diplomats, so the current dissent against American indifference and passivity will eventually prevail. Unlike the Balkans 20 years ago, however, ending the free ride for mass homicide and policy disaster in Syria may require a new American president. The administration insists that its leverage-free policy of verbal condemnations and plaintive pleas in the face of a collective punishment campaign inflicting horrific damage on the lives of Syrians, the politics of European allies, and the reputation of the United States is the only option available; that the United States can do nothing but beg Russia and Iran to end Assad's mass homicide free ride.Someday, if anything at all remains of Syria, the United States will end the free ride and Americans will ask themselves, as they did two decades ago when mass murder in the Balkans was at long last ended, why in the world it took so long to do the right thing.
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