Clearly these latest chemical attacks are the most terrible the Syrian people have witnessed. But there is something else about them. Something about the timing. They come almost a year to the day of Obama's famous "red-line" proclamation, almost as if Assad was mocking him.
There is something else. Something much darker.
I wrote Assad's New Strategy: Nothing Makes People Flee Like Murdering Their Children three weeks ago and it is terrible but it is true.
There is something else I realized this evening, as I posted the pictures of the dead and dying children: A chemical attack disproportionately affects children, it has a definite bias in favor of killing them - and Assad knows this!
A gas attack actually isn't the best way to kill soldiers. They are likely to be in their prime, in good health. They may have training and equipment to deal with it. No, gas attacks have a preference for the very young and the very old, for those in ill health and pregnant women. They are especially mean weapons. Even a nuclear strike is more egalitarian, killing everyone, but a chemical attack, by its nature, will kill the child before it kills the parent, kill the civilian before it kills the soldier and may even, as agent orange is still doing in Vietnam, kill the children of children not yet born.
And this is what we are allowing Assad to do to our children?
Suffer the little children if we don't make chemical attacks a red-line we enforce!
If you watch this video you'll see how he vividly shows how civilians suffered much more than soliders, often just because they didn't know what to do and did the wrong thing.